I have published on urban anthropology; gender and development; approaches to development such as participatory methodologies and policy issues; gender and sexuality; urban livelihoods in the informal sector; child fostering; HIV/AIDS; and marriage and households with specific reference to East Africa. In addition to my academic work, I have done regular consultancies for aid and development organisations such as ACORD, the Eritrean Consortium, UNICEF and UNFPA, in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Areas of supervision
Current PhD students
Sarah O'Neill, Defying the law, negotiating change. The Futanke's opposition to the national ban on FGM in Senegal
Completed PhD students
Nandera Mhando, Meaning, Gender and Kinship Making Aming the Kuria of Tanzania: Male and Female Agency
Power and Participatory Development: Theory and Practice
Nelson, Nici and Wright, Susan. 1995. Power and Participatory Development: Theory and Practice. ITDG Publishing. ISBN 978-1853392412
'Urban Poverty in Africa: A Historical Perspective'
Nelson, Nici. 1999. 'Urban Poverty in Africa: A Historical Perspective'. In: Sue Jones and Nici Nelson, eds. Urban Poverty in Africa: From Understanding to Alleviation. London: Intermediate Technology Publications, pp. 1-8. ISBN 978-1853394744
'The Kambu Group: A Successful Women's ROSCA in Mathare Valley (1971-1990)
Nelson, Nici. 1996. 'The Kambu Group: A Successful Women's ROSCA in Mathare Valley (1971-1990). In: Shirley Ardener and Sandra Burman, eds. Money Go Rounds: The Importance of Rotating Savings and Credit Associations for Women. Oxford: Berg. ISBN 978-1859731703
'A Discourse of Anger in a Situation of Gender-Power Asymmetry: The Negotiation of Safer Sexual Practices Between Young Women and Men in Nairobi'
Nelson, Nici. 1995. 'A Discourse of Anger in a Situation of Gender-Power Asymmetry: The Negotiation of Safer Sexual Practices Between Young Women and Men in Nairobi'. In: Stephanie Newell, ed. Images of African Women: The Gender Problematic. University of Stirling: Center for Commonwealth Studies:. ISBN 978-1857690323
'Representations of Men and Women, City and Town in Kenyan Novels of the 1970s and 1980s'
Nelson, Nici. 1996. 'Representations of Men and Women, City and Town in Kenyan Novels of the 1970s and 1980s'. African Languages and Cultures, 9(2), pp. 145-165. ISSN 0954416X