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
'Representations of Men and Women, City and Town in Kenyan Novels of the 1970s and 1980s'
Power and Participatory Development: Theory and Practice
'Genderizing Nairobi's Urban Space'
'Urban Poverty in Africa: A Historical Perspective'
'The Kambu Group: A Successful Women's ROSCA in Mathare Valley (1971-1990)
'A Discourse of Anger in a Situation of Gender-Power Asymmetry: The Negotiation of Safer Sexual Practices Between Young Women and Men in Nairobi'