Elsbeth Robson

Dr Elsbeth Robson

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Summary

Elsbeth is a human and development geographer with research and teaching interests in social inequality, ethics and social justice, particularly with respect to women and children/youth. Her research embraces qualitative, participatory and quantitative research methods. Geographically her research concentrates on sub-Saharan Africa. In the UK Dr Elsbeth Robson has been employed by/affiliated with the Universities of Keele, Durham, Liverpool and Brunel and in Africa the University of Malawi and Ahmadhu Bello Unversity, Nigeria. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Zimbabwe, Gothenborg University (Sweden), University of Oulu (Finland) and Leiden University (Netherlands). Invited contributor to UNICEF Expert round table on children's Care Work, Florence, Dec 2016. Consultant for and contributor to UNICEF Ethical Research Involving Children: International Charter and Guidelines www.childethics.com FRGS (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers, since 1990) Member of the Association of American Geographers

Undergraduate

16671 : Worlds of Connection & Difference 16681 : Exploring Worlds Around Us 16273 : Research Methods 2 16302 : Geography Dissertation 16372 : Children's Geographies (module leader) 16463 : Contemporary Research in Human Geography

Postgraduate

Sub-Saharan Africa Development Children and youth Gender and feminism Completed PhDsAnsell, Nicola 1999 ‘Southern African secondary schools: places of empowerment for rural girls? Cases from Lesotho and Zimbabwe', Department of Environmental Social Sciences: Keele University. Current PhDsBronia Cross (University of Hull studentship 2014 - 2017) ‘Colonial childhoods in Nyasaland' Kalliopi Kaparounaki (University of Hull studentship 2014 - 2017) ‘Caregiving children in Malawi' Mayeso Lazaro (University of Hull studentship 2015 -2018) ‘Grandparenting in the context of HIV/AIDS and poverty in rural Southern Malawi' Mbali Pewa (Commonwealth Scholarship 2015 - 2018) ‘Waste recycling and poverty alleviation in peri-urban South Africa' Jenna Treen (ESRC DTP 1+3 studentship 2017 - 2021) 'the Prevention of Child Trafficking in Nigeria'

Journal Article

"My happiest time" or "my saddest time"? The spatial and generational construction of marriage among youth in rural Malawi and Lesotho

Ansell, N., Hajdu, F., van Blerk, L., & Robson, E. (2018). "My happiest time" or "my saddest time"? The spatial and generational construction of marriage among youth in rural Malawi and Lesotho. Transactions - Institute of British Geographers, 43(2), 184-199. doi:10.1111/tran.12211

Connecting with home, keeping in touch: physical and virtual mobility across stretched families in sub-Saharan Africa

Porter, G., Hampshire, K., Abane, A., Munthali, A., Robson, E., Tanle, A., …Bango, A. (2018). Connecting with home, keeping in touch: physical and virtual mobility across stretched families in sub-Saharan Africa. Africa, 88(2), 404-424. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0001972017000973

Youth Livelihoods in the Cellphone Era: Perspectives from Urban Africa: Youth livelihoods in the cellphone era

Porter, G., Hampshire, K., De Lannoy, A., Bango, A., Munthali, A., Robson, E., …Owusu, S. (2018). Youth Livelihoods in the Cellphone Era: Perspectives from Urban Africa: Youth livelihoods in the cellphone era. Journal of international development, 30(4), 539-558. doi:10.1002/jid.3340

Connecting with home, keeping in touch: Physical and virtual mobility across stretched families in sub-Saharan Africa

Porter, G., Hampshire, K., Abane, A., Munthali, A., Robson, E., Tanle, A., …Bango, A. (2018). Connecting with home, keeping in touch: Physical and virtual mobility across stretched families in sub-Saharan Africa. Africa, 88(2), 404-424. doi:10.1017/S0001972017000973

Youth livelihoods in the cellphone era: Perspectives from urban Africa

Porter, G., Hampshire, K., de Lannoy, A., Bango, A., Munthali, A., Robson, E., …Owusu, S. (2018). Youth livelihoods in the cellphone era: Perspectives from urban Africa. Journal of international development, 30(4), 539-558. https://doi.org/10.1002/jid.3340

Research interests

Engagement with policy and practice underlies my research / consultancy and I have considerable experience of knowledge exchange ensuring policy relevance and maximum impact. My recent research and consultancy in Malawi (2004-2013) involved collaborating internationally with universities, government and non-governmental organizations; while being informed by political economy and feminist theoretical approaches (with a concern for ethics). Knowledges, Cultures & Space research group Centre for End of Life Studies Institute of Applied Ethics Centre for Spirituality Studies Major research projects: Building an Evidence Base to Support and Enhance Community Health Workers' (informal) use of Mobile Phones in Ghana, Malawi and Ethiopia MRC-Wellcome Trust-DFID-ESRC 2018-2019 ?197,472 PI Kate Hampshire (Durham) Social Cash Transfers, generational relations and youth poverty trajectories in rural Lesotho and Malawi ESRC-DFID PI Nicola Ansell (Brunel), CoIs Robson, van Blerk, Hajdu, Mwathunga, Hlabana 2015-2018, ?338,000 http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=ES/M009076/1 Mobile Phones and Youth in Africa ESRC-DFID PI Gina Porter (Durham) co-I Kate Hampshire (Durham) et al 2012-2015, ?460,000 https://www.dur.ac.uk/child.phones/ Children, Transport and Mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa Developing a Child-Centred Evidence Base to Improve Policy and Change Thinking Across Africa ESRC-DFID PI Prof Gina Porter (Durham), co-I Kate Hampshire (Durham) et al 2006-2009, ?353,932. https://www.dur.ac.uk/child.mobility/ Averting 'New Variant Famine' in Southern Africa: building food-secure livelihoods with AIDS-affected young people DFID-ESRC ?201,757 2007-8 PI Prof Nicola Ansell (Durham), Co-Is Lorraine van Blerk (Dundee) & Elsbeth Robson