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Dr Jane Dyson


Associate Professor of Human Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia



Since 2002, Associate Professor Jane Dyson has conducted ethnographic research in the Indian Himalayas examining gender, work, and social transformation from the perspective of social geography, cultural anthropology and development studies. Jane's doctoral work explored children’s everyday work relations in Uttarakhand, India and is presented in her book, Working Childhoods (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Since then, she has followed the same cohort of young people through three projects: one examining the politics of educated, unemployed youth in South Asia (UK ESRC project); an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project at the University of Melbourne on everyday youth prefigurative politics in India; and a second ARC Discovery Project on youth, liberalism and political practice in India. Jane has published in geography and anthropology on issues including education, employment, love, and cultural and political practice. She has also directed and produced two award-winning ethnographic films: Lifelines (2014, and Spirit (2019,



Dyson, Jane. (2014) Working Childhoods: Youth, Agency and the Environment in India, Cambridge University Press.


Children's work, education, and cultural practice, social change, youth politics, Himalayas, India
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