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Connecting with home, keeping in touch: Physical and virtual mobility across stretched families in sub-Saharan Africa (2018)
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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

There is a long history of migration among low-income families in sub-Saharan Africa, in which (usually young, often male) members leave home to seek their fortune in what are perceived to be more favourable locations. While the physical and virtual... Read More

Youth livelihoods in the cellphone era: Perspectives from urban Africa (2018)
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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. doi:10.1002/jid.3340

Issues surrounding youth employment and unemployment are central to the next development decade. Understanding how youth use mobile phones as a means of communicating and exchanging information about employment and livelihoods is particularly import... Read More

“My happiest time” or “my saddest time”? The spatial and generational construction of marriage among youth in rural Malawi and Lesotho (2017)
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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

Marriage among African teenagers is currently a central focus of campaigns by UN agencies and international NGOs. Yet, marriage has received only limited attention from geographers and has largely escaped the attention of geographers of youth. In thi... Read More

Fears for the future: the incommensurability of securitisation and in/securities among southern African youth (2017)
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Ansell, N., Hajdu, F., van Blerk, L., & Robson, E. (2017). Fears for the future: the incommensurability of securitisation and in/securities among southern African youth. Social & cultural geography, 20(4), 507-533. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2017.1344871

Over the past two decades, southern Africa has experienced both exceptionally high AIDS prevalence and recurrent food shortages. International institutions have responded to these challenges by framing them as security concerns that demand urgent int... Read More

AIDS-affected young people's access to livelihood assets: Exploring 'new variant famine' in rural southern Africa (2016)
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Ansell, N., Hajdu, F., van Blerk, L., & Robson, E. (2016). AIDS-affected young people's access to livelihood assets: Exploring 'new variant famine' in rural southern Africa. Journal of rural studies, 46, (23-34). doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.05.008. ISSN 0743-0167

Southern Africa’s exceptionally high HIV prevalence and recurrent food crises prompted De Waal and Whiteside (2003) to hypothesise a 'new variant famine' (NVF) in which inability to access food is driven by the effects of AIDS. Among the tentative ex... Read More

Who bears the cost of ‘informal mhealth’? Health-workers’ mobile phone practices and associated political-moral economies of care in Ghana and Malawi (2016)
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Robson, E., Abane, A., Hampshire, K., Mariwah, S., Milner, J., Munthali, A., …Porter, G. (2017). Who bears the cost of ‘informal mhealth’? Health-workers’ mobile phone practices and associated political-moral economies of care in Ghana and Malawi. Health Policy and Planning, 32(1), 34-42. doi:10.1093/heapol/czw095

Africa’s recent communications ‘revolution’ has generated optimism that using mobile phones for health (mhealth) can help bridge healthcare gaps, particularly for rural, hard-to-reach populations. However, while scale-up of mhealth pilots remains lim... Read More

Intergenerational relations and the power of the cell phone: perspectives on young people’s phone usage in sub-Saharan Africa (2015)
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Porter, G., Hampshire, K., Abane, A., Munthali, A., Robson, E., Bango, A., …Owusu, S. (2015). Intergenerational relations and the power of the cell phone: perspectives on young people’s phone usage in sub-Saharan Africa. Geoforum, 64(August), 37-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.06.002

Cell phones present new forms of sociality and new possibilities of encounter for young people across the globe. Nowhere is this more evident than in sub-Saharan Africa where the scale of usage, even among the very poor, is remarkable. In this paper... Read More

Informal m-health: How are young people using mobile phones to bridge healthcare gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa? (2015)
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Robson, E., Abane, A., Bango, A., DeLannoy, A., Gunguluza, N., Hampshire, K., …Porter, G. (2015). Informal m-health: How are young people using mobile phones to bridge healthcare gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa?. Social science & medicine, 142, (90-99). doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.07.033. ISSN 0277-9536

The African communications ‘revolution’ has generated optimism that mobile phones might help overcome infrastructural barriers to healthcare provision in resource-poor contexts. However, while formal m-health programmes remain limited in coverage and... Read More

Mobile phones and education in sub-Saharan Africa: from youth practice to public policy (2015)
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Robson, E., Abane, A., Bango, A., De Lannoy, A., Gunguluza, N., Hampshire, K., …Tanle, A. (2016). Mobile phones and education in sub-Saharan Africa: from youth practice to public policy. Journal of international development, 28(1), (22-39). doi:10.1002/jid.3116. ISSN 0954-1748

Young people’s use of mobile phones is expanding exponentially across Africa. Its transformative potential is exciting, but findings presented in this paper indicate how the downside of mobile phone use in African schools is becoming increasingly app... Read More

Context matters : fostering, orphanhood and schooling in sub-Saharan Africa (2014)
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Hampshire, K., Porter, G., Agblorti, S., Robson, E., Munthali, A., & Abane, A. (2015). Context matters : fostering, orphanhood and schooling in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of biosocial science, 47(2), 141-164. doi:10.1017/S0021932014000169

A growing body of research suggests that orphanhood and fostering might be (independently) associated with educational disadvantage in sub-Saharan Africa. However, literature on the impacts of orphanhood and fostering on school enrolment, attendance... Read More

Reconceptualising temporality in young lives: exploring young people's current and future livelihoods in AIDS-affected southern Africa (2013)
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Robson, E., Ansell, N., Hajdu, F., & van Blerk, L. (2014). Reconceptualising temporality in young lives: exploring young people's current and future livelihoods in AIDS-affected southern Africa. Transactions - Institute of British Geographers, 39(3), (387-401). doi:10.1111/tran.12041. ISSN 0020-2754

In recent years, anxieties have been expressed that the impacts of southern Africa's AIDS pandemic on young people today will damage their future livelihood prospects. Geographers have been remarkably reluctant to explore young people's future liveli... Read More

Child porterage and Africa's transport gap: evidence from Ghana, Malawi and South Africa (2012)
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Robson, E., Abane, A., Dube, S., Hampshire, K., Maponya, G., Mashiri, M., …Tanle, A. (2012). Child porterage and Africa's transport gap: evidence from Ghana, Malawi and South Africa. World Development, 40(10), (2136-2154). doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.05.004. ISSN 0305-750X

Children's load-carrying has been largely invisible in studies of African economies, being commonly subsumed under women's or family labor. This paper, based on interdisciplinary qualitative and quantitative research in 24 sites, examines the role of... Read More

Spaces, times, and critical moments: a relational time-space analysis of the impacts of AIDS on rural youth in Malawi and Lesotho (2011)
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Robson, E., Ansell, N., Hajdu, F., & van Blerk, L. (2011). Spaces, times, and critical moments: a relational time-space analysis of the impacts of AIDS on rural youth in Malawi and Lesotho. Environment & planning. A, 43(3), 525-544. doi:10.1068/a4363

Southern Africa's AIDS epidemic is profoundly spatially and temporally structured; so too are the lives of the young people whose families it blights. In this paper we draw on qualitative research with AIDS-affected young people in Malawi and Lesotho... Read More

Income-generating activities for young people in southern Africa: exploring AIDS and other constraints (2010)
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Hajdu, F., Ansell, N., Robson, E., Van Blerk, L., & Chipeta, L. (2011). Income-generating activities for young people in southern Africa: exploring AIDS and other constraints. The Geographical journal, 177(3), (251-263). doi:10.1111/j.1475-4959.2010.00381.x. ISSN 0016-7398

This paper reports on a study with rural young people (aged 10-24 years) in Malawi and Lesotho, focusing on their opportunities to learn skills and access capital and assets to engage in income-generating activities (IGAs). Participatory group exerci... Read More

Moving young lives: Mobility, immobility and inter-generational tensions in urban Africa (2010)
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Porter, G., Hampshire, K., Abane, A., Robson, E., Munthali, A., Mashiri, M., & Tanle, A. (2010). Moving young lives: Mobility, immobility and inter-generational tensions in urban Africa. Geoforum, 41(5), 796-804. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2010.05.001

This paper explores young people's experiences and perceptions of mobility and mobility constraints in poorer urban areas of Ghana, Malawi and South Africa within the specific context of inter-generational relations. Drawing principally on qualitativ... Read More