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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.