Ms Kirsten Pontalti

Research Student

Kirsten is completing her DPhil in International Development at the University of Oxford in early 2017. Her ethnographic and historical research in central Rwanda focuses on how young people’s everyday actions contribute to continuity and change over time and in response to major historical change. Part of her study specifically focuses on continuity and change in children’s kinship relationships, education, and transitions to social adulthood over three generations within the same families.

Kirsten combines a strong academic background in conflict, development and state building (MA) and International Business (BComm) with 20 years of practical expertise gained from working for local, national and international organizations concerned with child poverty and international development. Raising three children of her own while working and doing research with young people and families has complimented and broadened her perspective on these issues.

Research
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'Times have changed for real': children and youth and social change in central Rwanda...
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Instructor, Simon Fraser University (Summer 2014), IS451 Core Texts in International Studies

Research Students supervised

Journal articles and special issues

Pontalti, Kirsten (with Kirrily Pells, Timothy P Williams) (2014) 'Promising developments? Children, youth and post-genocide reconstruction under the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF)', Journal of East African Studies 8 (2) 294-310
Pontalti, Kirsten (2010) 'Wars, Displacement and Cyclone Nargis: Burma’s Multiple Complex Emergencies', Paterson Review of International Affairs 10 143-60

Reports

Pontalti, Kirsten (2012) 'Plan Rwanda, School Violence: A global, preventable epidemic', Internal report for Learn Without Fear campaign Kigali: Plan Rwanda

Conference papers

Pontalti, Kirsten (2016) '"Education [is not] for All": Schooling in rural Rwanda', Paper presented at the 60th Comparative International Education Society (CIES) Conference, Vancouver, BC, 7 March
Pontalti, Kirsten (2015) 'Children and youth and social change in central Rwanda: Kinship matters', Paper presented at the 3rd International Children and Youth Research Network (ICYRNet) Conference, Cyprus, 12 June
Pontalti, Kirsten (2015) '"Times have changed for real": A generational perspective on children’s education in central Rwanda', Paper presented at the AAA-ACYIG Conference, University of California, Long Beach, 12 March
Pontalti, Kirsten (2015) 'Multigenerational Family Case Study Method', Paper presented at Being Young seminar, University of Oxford, 25 February
Pontalti, Kirsten (2015) 'When two systems converge: Theorising young peoples’ contribution to social change over time in rural Rwanda', Paper presented at University of Oxford Department of International Development, 6 February
Pontalti, Kirsten (2014) '"Times have changed for real": The changing meaning of sexuality in Rwandan childhood and youth,', Invited speaker, National University of Rwanda, Kigali Institute of Education, Gender and Development, 4 March
Pontalti, Kirsten (with Kirrily Pells, Timothy Williams) (2013) 'Promising developments? Children, youth and post-genocide reconstruction under the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) ', Paper presented at Rwanda under the RPF: Assessing Twenty Years of Post-Conflict Governance Conference, University of London, SOAS, 4-5 October
Research interests:

Children and youth; generations; conflict; education; transitions; institutional reproduction; social change; structural violence; development; Rwanda.