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Dr Elsbeth Robson

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

https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Projects/cash-transfers-youth#

Mobile Phones and Youth in Africa

ESRC-DFID PI Prof 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

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 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

SFHEA (Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, since 2015)
Teaching and Learning 400145 Exploring Worlds Around Us
600254 Global South (module leader)
600256 Conservation in a Changing World
400150 Development and Change (module leader)
500182 UK Fieldtrip
700208 Contemporary Research in Human Geography (module leader)
701285 DTP Doctoral Training Year 1 (module leader)