Professor at Department of Anthropology
Gina Porter is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK. Her research combines ethnographic approaches with a strong interest in spatial perspectives and has mostly focused around mobility and transport in Africa especially among vulnerable groups (children and young people, older people, women). Uneven power relationships and associated issues of exclusion are linking themes through her work, much of which has a strong gender component. Associated with this is a focus on developing innovative methodologies for effective field research (co-investigation with children, unemployed women and with older people, action research, mobile methods, networked approaches). She currently leads a UK Economic and Social Research Council GCRF-funded study: 'Youth engagement and skills acquisition within Africa's transport sector: promoting a gender agenda towards transitions into meaningful work.' This research, in collaboration with academic and NGO researchers in Africa, is focused on improving women's safe access to work opportunities in three city regions, Tunis, Abuja and Cape Town.