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Professor Nicola Ansell

Professor Nicola Ansell
Professor - Human Geography

Marie Jahoda 133

Summary

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.

Qualifications

MA (University of Cambridge)

PhD (Keele University)

Responsibility

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • REF Coordinator, Sociology

Newest selected publications

Ansell, N. and Dungey, C. (2020) '‘I go to school to survive’: Facing physical, moral and economic uncertainties in rural Lesotho'. Children's Geographies, 18 (6). pp. 614 - 628. ISSN: 1473-3277 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ansell, N. and Dungey, C. (2020) '‘Not all of us can be nurses’: proposing and resisting entrepreneurship education in rural Lesotho'. Sociological Research Online: an electronic journal, in press. pp. 1 - 20. ISSN: 1360-7804 Open Access Link

Journal article

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

Journal article

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, 20 (4). pp. 507 - 533. ISSN: 1464-9365 Open Access Link

Journal article

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

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