About us

Meet the team!

Prof. Ruth Evans (Principal Investigator), University of Reading @DrRuth_Evans


Ruth’s research focuses on geographies of care and family relations, especially gendered life transitions, bereavement and inheritance. She has 20 years experience of leading research with children and families in Africa (Senegal, Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania, Uganda and the UK). She is an Editorial Board member for Gender, Place & Culture.

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Prof. Jane Ribbens McCarthy (Co-Investigator), Visiting Professor, University of Reading and Honorary Associate,The Open University

Jane has extensive experience of leading research with children and families and writing groundbreaking publications in the fields of family sociology, youth studies and bereavement care and death studies. She is an Editorial Board member for the international peer-reviewed journal, Bereavement Care.

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Prof. Sophie Bowlby (Co-Investigator), University of Reading

Sophie Bowlby recently retired from the University of Reading where she is now an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow. Her research has focused on feminist analysis of the social and economic geography of urban areas in the UK, in particular, issues of access, mobility and the analysis of social relationships of informal care in time-space.

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Dr. Joséphine Wouango (former researcher at University of Reading)

Josephine is a postdoctoral researcher who has considerable expertise in qualitative research with young people and professionals working in social protection, gender, education and children’s rights in francophone West Africa. From November 2012 to August 2013, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Laval University (Canada) and  worked with  the interdisciplinary Research Centre JEFAR on  the Quebec Youth Protection Act , in relation to parental educative practices and interculturality. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the Senegal project at the University of Reading and is now based at the University of Liège, Belgium.

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Fatou Kébé (Researcher) LARTES-IFAN, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar

Fatou has worked as a researcher on a number of projects in the fields of poverty, education, health, migration and street children over recent years for the Laboratoire de Recherches sur les Transformations Economiques and Sociales, Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar.

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Advisory Group 

An Advisory Group of academics and professionals based in the UK and Senegal has been established to provide guidance throughout the project.

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