My research focuses on the uses of the ‘homeland’ as an educational resource among immigrant and minority communities in Britain. I have explored these themes through ethnographic research in the UK and Ghana on the practice of British-Ghanaian families opting to educate their children in Ghana for a few years at a time and the experiences of the young people involved. I have also conducted archival research using the British Library’s collections on the alternative educational projects of African, Caribbean, and Asian communities in Britain. I am currently exploring return migration among the children of Ghanaian migrants which focuses on the themes of work, professionalism, and development.
- DPhil, Education, Oxford University 2018
- MSc, Education: Research, Design and Methodology, Oxford University 2013
- MPhil, Social Anthropological Analysis, Cambridge University 2011
- BA (HONS) Photography, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London 2008
Teaching and Supervision
Recent research projects include:
Sociology in the archives (2019-20) funded by the British Sociological Association and the British Library.
The African diaspora in the UK: A mapping study (2016-17) funded by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Publications and research outputs
Abotsi, Emma and Hoechner, Hannah. 2022. Transnational migration and educational change: examples of Afropolitan schooling from Senegal and Ghana. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 53(4), pp. 376-395. ISSN 0161-7761
Further profile content
Negotiating the ‘Ghanaian’ way of schooling: transnational mobility and the educational strategies of British-Ghanaian families
Globalisation, Societies and Education, 18:3, 250-263