Professor Nicola Ansell
Professor - Human Geography
Since I arrived at Brunel in 1999, my interests have focused on social and cultural change in the lives of young people in the Global South (particularly southern Africa). I have researched the impacts of AIDS on young people’s migration; how education sectors are adjusting to the needs of AIDS-affected young people; and the impacts of AIDS on young people’s current livelihoods and future food security. Recently, I have completed two research projects. The first examines the impacts of social cash transfers (for instance old age pensions and child grants) on generational relations in Malawi and Lesotho. The second investigates links between education and aspiration in remote rural areas of Lesotho, Laos and India. I have also authored a book on Children, youth and development (second edition published 2016) and launched an MA programme on Children, Youth and International Development.
MA (University of Cambridge)
PhD (Keele University)
- Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator, Social Science and Communication
- REF Coordinator, Sociology
- Department Extenuating Circumstances Panel
Newest selected publications
Ansell, N., Hajdu, F., van Blerk, L. and Robson, E. (2017) '‘My happiest time’ or ‘my saddest time’? The spatial and generational construction of marriage among youth in rural Malawi and Lesotho'. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 43 (2). pp. 184 - 199. ISSN: 1475-5661 Open Access Link
Ansell, N., Hajdu, F., van Blerk, L. and Robson, E. (2017) 'Fears for the Future: The Incommensurability of Securitisation and In/securities among Southern African Youth'. Social and Cultural Geography, 18 (7). pp. 507 - 533. ISSN: 1464-9365 Open Access Link
Ansell, N., Hajdu, F., van Blerk, L. and 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. pp. 23 - 34. ISSN: 0743-0167 Open Access Link
Ansell, N. (2016) 'From objects to subjects? Children and youth in development', inThe Palgrave Handbook of International Development. Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 487 - 511. ISBN 13: 9781137427236.
Ansell, N. (2015) '‘Once upon a time …’ Orphanhood, childhood studies and the depoliticisation of childhood poverty in southern Africa'. Childhood, 23 (2). pp. 162 - 177. ISSN: 0907-5682 Open Access Link