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Doctor Nicola Ansell

Nationality: United Kingdom

Year: 1996

Subject Area: Social Sciences

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I received a scholarship from Wingate in 1997 which funded fieldwork for my PhD, entitled 'Southern African secondary schools: places of empowerment for rural girls? Cases from Lesotho and Zimbabwe'. This explored the ways in which experiences of secondary schooling equipped rural girls for life beyond school.
I was awarded the PhD from Keele University in 1999 and was subsequently appointed to a lectureship in geography at Brunel University. In this post I have undertaken research on children's migration as a response to AIDS in Southern Africa and on education sector responses to the AIDS pandemic in Lesotho. I am about to begin a major research project that will investigate the ways in which AIDS is impacting on livelihood sustainability among young people in Malawi and Lesotho, particularly in relation to the recent food crises experienced in those, and other, southern African countries.