Dr Gina Crivello

Senior Research Officer, Young Lives

Gina is a Senior Researcher within Young Lives, an innovative, multidisciplinary, cohort study of childhood poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. Her scholarship is positioned at the intersection of Anthropology, Childhood Studies and International Development. In Young Lives, Gina leads a child-focussed qualitative, longitudinal research component that uses ‘team ethnography’ to track over 200 children and families over a seven-year period across the study countries.  She contributes to methodological innovation by developing, reflecting and publishing on methods and ethical approaches for engaging children and families in policy-relevant social research.

Gina also leads Young Lives work stream on Gender, Adolescence and Youth. Her current research uses qualitative longitudinal data to explore the dynamics of gender inequality across the second decade of life and in transitions to early adulthood. Her most recent work addresses aspirations; children’s unpaid work and care work; migration and mobility; boys and masculinity; transitions; ethics of care; and gender and generational power. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California and has carried out research in Ethiopia, India, Morocco, Peru, Spain and Vietnam. 

In the media

Gina teaches the ‘Children, Youth and Development’ option course on the MPhil in Development Studies.

Research Students supervised

Crivello, Gina (2011) '"Becoming Somebody": Youth transitions through education and migration in Peru', Journal of Youth Studies 14 (4) 395-411

Books and monographs

Crivello, Gina (with Alula Pankhurst, Michael Bourdillon) (eds) (2015) 'Children's Work and Labour in East Africa: Social Context and Implications for Policy', Addis Ababa: Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)

Journal articles and special issues

Crivello, Gina (with Virginia Morrow) (2015) 'What Is the Value of Qualitative Longitudinal Research with Children and Young People for International Development?', International Journal of Social Research Methodology 18 (3) 267-80
Crivello, Gina (with Jo Boyden) (2014) 'On Childhood and Risk: An Exploration of Children's Everyday Experiences in Rural Peru', Children and Society 28 (5) 380-91
Crivello, Gina (with L Camfield, C Porter) (2010) 'Editorial: Researching Children's Understandings of Poverty and Risk in Diverse Contexts', Childhood and Society 24 (4) 255-60
Crivello, Gina (2009) 'How Can Children Tell Us About Their Wellbeing? Exploring the Potential of Participatory Research Approaches within Young Lives', Social Indicators Research 90(1) 55-72
Crivello, Gina (2008) 'Negotiating Honour and Shame in the Contemporary Moroccan Rif: A Review of Concepts and Literature', Anthropology of the Middle East 3(2)


Crivello, Gina (2015) 'Qualitative Longitudinal Research with Children and Young People'. In R Evans, L Holt (eds) Methodological Approaches, Vol 2 of T Skelton (ed) Geographies of Children and Young People. , Singapore: Springer
Crivello, Gina (with Jo Boyden, Virginia Morrow) (2015) 'Gender, Development, Children and Young People'. In Anne Coles, Leslie Gray and Janet Mommsen (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development , London: Routledge
Crivello, Gina (with Huong Vu, Uma Vennam) (2014) 'Gender, Agency, and Poverty: Children’s everyday experiences in Andhra Pradesh and Vietnam'. In M Bourdillon, J Boyden (eds) Growing Up in Poverty: Findings from Young Lives , Basingstoke: Palgrave
Crivello, Gina (with Jo Boyden) (2014) 'Child Work and Mobility'. In Bridget Anderson, Michael Keith (eds) Migration: The Compas Anthology , Oxford: ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)
Crivello, Gina (with U Vennam, A Komanduri) (2011) 'Ridiculed for Not Having Anything: Children's Views on Poverty and Inequality in Rural India'. In M Bourdillon and C Knowles (ed) Growing Up in Poverty , Palgrave: Basingstoke
Crivello, Gina (with J Boyden) (2011) 'Political Economy, Perception and Social Change as Mediators of Childhood Risk in Andhra Pradesh'. In M Bourdillon and C Knowles (ed) Growing Up in Poverty , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Crivello, Gina (with E Fiddian-Qasmiyeh) (2010) 'The Ties That Bind: Sahrawi Children and the Mediation of Aid in Exile'. In D Chatty (ed) Deterritorialized Youth: Sahrawi and Afghan Refugees at the Margins of the Middle East , London: Berghahn Books
Crivello, Gina (with D Chatty, E Fiddian-Qasmiyeh) (2010) 'Identity With/out Territory: Sahrawi Refugee Youth in Transnational Space'. In D Chatty (ed) Deterritorialized Youth: Sahrawi and Afghan Refugees at the Margins of the Middle East , London: Berghan Books

Working papers

Crivello, Gina (with Nikki van der Gaag) (2016) 'Between Hope and a Hard Place: Boys and young men negotiating gender, poverty and social worth in Ethiopia', Young Lives Working Paper
Crivello, Gina (2009) 'Becoming Somebody: Youth Transitions through Education and Migration, Evidence from Young Lives, Peru', Working Paper 43 Oxford: Young Lives
Crivello, Gina (with P Vogler, M Woodhead) (2008) 'Early Childhood Transitions Research: A Review of Concepts, Theory and Practice', Bernard van Leer Foundation Working Paper 48
06 April, 2020
Young Lives publish new open access book on child marriage
14 November, 2019
New Young Lives project to share learning on challenges of longitudinal research
18 May, 2020
'Coming of age in the time of coronavirus: young lives and families in low- and middle-income countries'. Gina Crivello draws on the findings of Young Lives' Young Marriage and Parenthood study and the implications of COVID-19
09 Sep, 2016
'Girls’ diverging pathways to marriage'. Read an essay by Gina Crivello on medium.com
Research interests:

Gender and generation; children and youth; life course transitions; migration, qualitative longitudinal research.