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 Prof Kate Hampshire (Durham)
Social Cash Transfers, generational relations and youth poverty trajectories in rural Lesotho and Malawi
ESRC-DFID PI Prof Nicola Ansell (Brunel), CoIs Robson, van Blerk, Hajdu, Mwathunga, Hlabana 2015-2018, £338,000
Mobile Phones and Youth in Africa
ESRC-DFID PI Prof Gina Porter (Durham) co-I Kate Hampshire (Durham) et al 2012-2015, £460,000
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.
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
Children and youth
Gender and feminism
Ansell, Nicola 1999 ‘Southern African secondary schools: places of empowerment for rural girls? Cases from Lesotho and Zimbabwe', Department of Environmental Social Sciences: Keele University.
Mayeso Lazaro 2018 (University of Hull studentship 2015 -2018) ‘Grandparenting in the context of HIV/AIDS and poverty in rural Southern Malawi'
Bronia Cross 2019 (University of Hull studentship 2014 - 2017) ‘Colonial childhoods in Nyasaland'
Current PhD supervisions:
Kalliopi Kaparounaki (University of Hull studentship 2014 - 2017) ‘Caregiving children in Malawi'
Mbali Pewa (Commonwealth Scholarship 2015 - 2019) ‘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'