Health, education, protection, livelihoods, and livelihoods of children and young people in developing and fragile contexts.
About 20 years ago I had the opportunity to go to war-ravaged Sierra Leone to study the demobilisation and reintegration process of ex-child soldiers. As an undergraduate student I had a severely restricted budget, forcing me to travel around by local taxis and mini-buses rather than 4x4 land-cruisers (a good thing!) but lots of time available – so no need for ‘drive-by ethnography’. I had a lot of time to get to know these young kids, who despite having gone through horrible things, showed great resilience and an impressive level of ‘agency’.
Principal Investigator: Melanie Jane Walker. Lead Organisation: University of Free State
Co-investigators: Merridy Wilson-Strydom; Monica Jane McLean; Ann-Marie Bathmaker
South African higher education (HE) is characterised by inequalities of access, participation and success, and hence youth disadvantage, yet it is also seen as central to economic development and social mobility.
Principal Investigator: Nicola Ansell. Lead Organisation: Brunel University
Co-investigator: Peggy Froerer; Ian Rivers; Roy Huijsmans