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28 Mar, 2019
By Professor Andrew Dawes

Tracing the consequences of child poverty: reflections from co-author Andrew Dawes on findings from 15 years of research

After several years in the making, the new Young Lives book 'Tracing the Consequences of Child Poverty', or 'Tracing’, as we authors have come to call the volume, is published. What a journey it has been! Tracing draws on over 800 research papers, fact sheets, country reports and other outputs generated since the inception of the Young Lives study in 2001.

When asked by Jo Boyden to assist in this venture, I asked myself how on earth do we extract and synthesise Young Lives findings gathered over 16 years, to produce a concise account of the impact of poverty on children’s lives in four countries, that is at once scientifically rigorous, of interes

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Professor Andrew Dawes
28 Mar, 2019

Tracing the consequences of child poverty: reflections from co-author Andrew Dawes on findings from 15 years of research

After several years in the making, the new Young Lives book 'Tracing the Consequences of Child Poverty', or 'Tracing’, as we authors have come to call the volume, is published. What a journey it has been!...

By
Danilo Zak
26 Mar, 2019

Failed pilots: evaluations of blockchain interventions need transparency

In her book on humanitarian technology, K.L. Jacobsen...

By
Philippa Williams
Lipika Kamra
14 Mar, 2019

India's WhatsApp election: political parties risk undermining democracy with technology

India’s 2019 national elections are widely anticipated to be the “WhatsApp elections”. Against a backdrop of rapidly improving...

By
Magda Rodríguez Dehli
07 Mar, 2019

The business of roots: why DNA testing companies are not cracking the code of mobility and belonging

Commercial DNA testing kits seem to be everywhere these days. If you are in the United States (or, soon, in the United Kingdom), you may have come across them when visiting your local ...

By
Dan Hodgkinson
Luke Melchiorre
27 Feb, 2019

Africa's student movements: history sheds light on modern activism

On 9 March 2015, a student hurled faeces at a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes. This act led to...

By
Jörg Friedrichs
24 Jan, 2019

A warning from India for European liberals on how to manage relations with Muslim minorities

Especially since the refugee crisis, Europe has been grappling with populist reactions to the growth of Muslim minorities. Yet, despite decades of migration, native Europeans have limited experience and...

By
Anne Schnitzer
Emrah Celik
22 Jan, 2019

In conversation with Ruben Andersson

MSc students Anne Schnitzer and Emrah Celik recently interviewed Professor Ruben Andersson, who teaches on the MSc in Migration...

By
Noele Crossley
17 Jan, 2019

The responsibility to protect: time to move on?

In what follows, I suggest, slightly controversially perhaps, that it is time to move on from the ‘responsibility to...

By
Dan Hodgkinson
11 Dec, 2018

Three perspectives on Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections

Building on ODID’s expertise on Zimbabwe, the department recently invited three experts from UK universities to discuss this year’s historic...

By
Gina Crivello
Gillian Mann
12 Nov, 2018

The Young Marriage and Parenthood Study (YMAPS) – one year on

October marked one year into the Young Marriage and Parenthood Study (YMAPS), which brings together research from Young Lives (Ethiopia, Peru and the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana)...

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