Deborah Fahy Bryceson

ABOUT MY WORK

My work has been grounded in studying the transformation of social and economic life from agrarian to more urban-based livelihood, settlement and mobility patterns. This has involved analysis of people’s work and leisure time pursuits with emphasis on the nature of economic transactions, spatial decision-making and social relations embedded in households, states, markets and community networks. While my main focus has been on Sub-Saharan Africa, I have engaged in comparative research, juxtaposing African case study material with that of Asia, Latin America and Europe. In tracing change, I have been sensitive to gender, age and class differences and have tended to focus on contexts in which people contend with basic threats, e.g. famine and AIDS. I have engaged in academic as well as policy-oriented research. My research can be delineated into three main thematic areas:

 

• Spatial economic studies concerned with livelihood, mobility and settlement in processes of transition including the study of poverty, deagrarianization, occupational change, urbanization, urban economies and mobility patterns of the poor. I coordinated a large collaborative programme on deagrarianization and rural livelihoods with research teams in various African countries between 1996 and 2001. I coordinating a project on urban growth and poverty in mining Africa (UPIMA) funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department of International Development (DfID) between 2010 and 2013.

• Political economy analysis of agrarian change centered on rural social and economic development, notably: food marketing, agricultural policy, food supply, famine prevention and rehabilitation, rural transport and the impact of public investment on rural welfare. Most recently, I have studied the impact of HIV/AIDS on rural communities in Malawi.

 

• Social studies focused on evolving social dynamics and institutions notably transnational families, women's expanding employment in rural and urban areas, and the burgeoning of alcohol production and consumption patterns. 

EDUCATION

D. Phil. Sociology, University of Oxford, UK.

MA. Geography, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

BA. Geography. University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Languages: English, Kiswahili, Dutch (reading)

 

 

 

 

University Associateships

2016-now  Professorial Research Associate, Nordic Africa Institute, University of Uppsala, Sweden

 

1988-2019  International Gender Studies Centre, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University                        

 

2005-2013  African Studies Centre, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University

 

2005-2008  Geography Institute, Copenhagen University

 

1982-1984  Food Studies Group, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University

 

Research consultancy

Principal in The Policy Practice, Brighton, UK (2005-now) specialized in political economy analysis, www.thepolicypractice.com

 

Consultancy assignments for:  ILO, FAO, UNCTAD, UNICEF, UNRISD, United Nations University, United Nations Women, World Bank, DfID, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DANIDA, CARE International, and the Tanzanian government.

 

BIO

Professor, Honorary Fellow, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. (2014-now)

 

Reader, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. (2009-2013)

 

Senior Lecturer, International Development Department, School of Public Policy University of Birmingham, U.K. (2002-2003) 

 

Senior Research Fellow, Afrika Studiecentrum, Leiden, The Netherlands (1992-2005) 

 

Lecturer, Graduate Department of Planning, Architectural Association School of Architecture London (1982-85) 

 

Research Fellow, Bureau of Resource Assessment and Land Use Planning (BRALUP), University of Dar es Salaam, now Institute of Resource Assessment (1976-1981)