I am a doctoral researcher who is drawn to methodical ways of understanding the world with a reluctant acceptance that stuff is messy. I currently work with street-connected children in Tanzania and am frequently distracted by awe and wonder.
This is a Swahili translation of the presentation that I made at the RGS-IBG post-graduate conference in March earlier this year.
Last Friday I presented at the RGS-IBG post-graduate mid-term conference. It was fantastic to see so many varied presentations from across the geography discipline.
I went to a great conference in Manchester last week called Youth, Participation, Impact organised by Su Corcoran.
This is a very special GUEST POST by my research assistant Asimwe Suedi.
A lot of literature on street-connected children falls into one of two camps. The first camp highlights the negative impacts of street life on children's emotional, mental and physical health.
Yesterday, at the fieldwork halfway point, Asimwe and I decided to feedback our research findings to the children and young people in Moshi.
Children on the streets don't have that many career prospects, and the jobs that seem like savvy money earners when you're 12 just don't cut the mustard when you're 17.
I have developed a lot of codes while analysing my first interview. Possibly too many, but we'll see. One thing I've been pondering is the difference between "being helped" and "being supported".
I arrived in Tanzania just under a week ago and have been reflecting on why I'm very glad I did a pilot fieldwork trip last summer. This blog is a quick run down of the benefits of doing a pilot fieldwork trip before your main fieldwork trip.
So, you want to learn about street-connected children. You sit down and do a quick Google Scholar search, or maybe you even go to your university library and type into the catalogue computer, "street", "child."
This presentation discusses the benefits of working with research assistants when conducting fieldwork with an over-researched population.
Doing a PhD can be lonely work. It's good to build around you a circle of PhD confidants who you can share your concerns with and learn from.
I don't think I can be the only person who feels incredibly anxious and painfully vulnerable when punching the "save & publish" button
Since my return to Tanzania a couple of weeks ago, I have met many expats who have told me that they wish they had learned more Swahili - many of whom are only halfway through their time here.
Writing the first blog post on a new website is a challenging experience full of apprehension. I have been tweaking photographs, resizing headings and mind-mapping ideas intermittently for the past two days.
*The individuals in this photograph are not linked to my research with street-connected children.
Photographs on 'Home' and 'Research' pages are used with permission from Sarah Patricia Greaves and the Hadzabe Community Health Project.