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Dr Elsbeth Robson
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
|Biography||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 University, Nigeria. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Zimbabwe, Gothenborg University (Sweden), University of Oulu (Finland) and Leiden University (Netherlands).
Founding chair Save the children UK Research and Evaluation Ethics Committee ( 2016 - 2019).
Co-Editor Children's Geographies journal (Taylor & Francis) 2012-2015.
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
SFHEA (Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, since 2015)
|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 (since 2004) involves 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
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 2015-2019, £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
|Teaching and Learning||400145 Exploring Worlds Around Us
600256 Conservation in a Changing World
400150 Development and Change (module leader)
700208 Contemporary Research in Human Geography (module leader)
701285 DTP Doctoral Training Year 1 (module leader)
600254 Advanced Research Methods - Malawi (module leader)