Staff Profile:Dr Ruth Evans
- Dr Ruth Evans
- Job Title:
- Associate Professor
- Geography Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
- Undergraduate Teaching: Culture and Development in Africa,Culture, Identity and Place
- Areas of Interest:
- Gendered life transitions, bereavement and inheritance
- Land politics, food security and chronic poverty in West Africa
- Sibling relationships and child- and youth-headed households in East Africa
- Geographies of care and family relations, especially young people's care work for disabled family members and those living with HIV and chronic illness
- Childhood, care and migration in the UK
- Social exclusion/ inclusion and the participation of marginalised groups in research and policy
- Geographies of Children, Youth and Families
Ruth currently supervises research students in the field of geographies of care, disability and family relationships:
- Agnes Atim: The participation of people living with HIV in healthcare in the post-conflict transition in northern Uganda.
- Yaw Adjei-Amoako: Mainstreaming disability and development: the challenges and opportunities in Ghana.
- Caroline Day: Growing up caring: the life transitions of young people caring for parents or relatives in Zambia.
- Gary Downing: Negotiating socio-sexual networks and youth transitions disabled young people.
- Gudbjörg Ottósdóttir: Care and disability in refugee families in the South-East of England.
- Phoebe Foy-Phillips: Cultures of young parenting, gendered identities and rurality
- Research groups / Centres:
- Human Environments Research Group
- Research Centre for Developing Economics and Emerging Markets (DEEM)
- Walker Institute
- Centre for Food Security
Ruth's research focuses on gendered and generational inequalities in access to resources, caring relations, and social vulnerabilities experienced by children, youth and families, particularly those affected by bereavement, chronic illness, HIV and disability. She is currently leading a Leverhulme Trust-funded project, Death in the Family in Urban Senegal: bereavement, care and family relations. Find out more about the project here. She is also leading a collaborative research project on Access to land, food security and the intergenerational transmission of poverty in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana (2012-14), which you can watch a video about here. Recent research has focused on Inheritance, access to resources and family relations in Senegal (2011-12) and Palm Oil, Land Rights and Ecosystems Services in Liberia (2012-13) (reports are available on Centaur below).
Ruth also completed a study on stigma, gender and generational inequalities in asset inheritance and the intergenerational transmission of poverty in Tanzania and Uganda (with Caroline Day), funded by the Chronic Poverty Research Centre. Read more about the project and download the 2011 CPRC Working Paper.
From 2008-2010, Ruth conducted a qualitative, participatory study of young people's caring responsibilities for their siblings within child- and youth- headed households in Tanzania and Uganda, funded by the RGS-IBG and the University of Reading (2008-10). (See the Research Report and articles below).
Recently published articles focus on sibling caringscapes and life transitions (Geoforum, 2012; Area, 2011), and safeguarding inherited assets and enhancing the resilience of young people living in child- and youth-headed households in Tanzania and Uganda (African Journal of AIDS Research, 2012), care, disability and HIV in Africa (with Agnes Atim, Third World Quarterly, 2011), caring relations in African migrant families in the UK (Population, Space and Place, 2011), young people's caring roles and responsibilities within the family in Africa (Geography Compass, 2010) and emotional geographies and an ethics of care within families affected by HIV (with Felicity Thomas) (Emotions, Space and Society, 2009).
Her book (co-authored with Prof. Saul Becker, 2009, The Policy Press), Children Caring for Parents with HIV and AIDS: Global Issues and Policy Responses draws on findings from an ESRC study of the experiences of children caring for parents and relatives with HIV in Tanzania and the UK. For more information about the research, read the news article: Children caring for parents with HIV and AIDS or download the Stakeholder Report (PDF 1652KB) and Executive Summary (PDF 539KB).
Previous research in Tanzania explored the gendered 'street careers' of young people and the impacts of HIV and AIDS on children and families. In the UK, Ruth's research has also investigated the social exclusion/ inclusion of children and their participation in policy initiatives.
Ruth is a member of the Editorial Board of the international journal, Gender, Place and Culture
Ruth is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers.
YNumber of items: 28.
- Evans, R. and Holt, L., eds. (2013) Diverse spaces of childhood and youth: gender and other socio-cultural differences. Routledge, pp208. ISBN 9780415834377
- Evans, R. and Griffiths, G., (2013) Palm oil, land rights and ecosystem services in Gbarpolu County, Liberia. Research Note. 3. Walker Institute for Climate System Research, University of Reading, Reading.
- Evans, R. (2013) Young people’s caring relations and transitions within families affected by HIV. In: Ribbens McCarthy, J., Hooper, C.-A. and Gillies, V. (eds.) Family Troubles? Exploring Changes and Challenges in the Family Lives of Children and Young People. The Policy Press. ISBN 9781447304432 (In Press)
- Evans, R. (2013) Children as caregivers. In: Handbook of Child Wellbeing. Springer, pp. 1893-1916. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-9063-8_173#page-1 (In Press)
- Evans, R. (2012) Sibling caringscapes: time–space practices of caring within youth-headed households in Tanzania and Uganda. Geoforum, 43 (4). pp. 824-835. ISSN 0016-7185 doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.02.004
- Evans, R., (2012) Inheritance, access to resources and poverty in Serer families in Senegal. Research Note. 1. Walker Institute for Climate System Research, University of Reading, Reading. pp23.
- Potter, R., Conway, D., Evans, R. and Lloyd-Evans, S. (2012) Key concepts in development geography. Key Concepts in Human Geography . Sage Publications, London, pp288. ISBN 9780857025845
- Evans, R. (2012) Safeguarding inheritance and enhancing the resilience of orphaned young people living in child- and youth-headed households in Tanzania and Uganda. African Journal of AIDS Research, 11 (3). pp. 177-189. ISSN 1608-5906
- Evans, R. and Holt, L. (2011) Diverse spaces of childhood and youth: gender and other socio-cultural differences. Children's Geographies, 9 (3-4). pp. 277-284. ISSN 1473-3277 doi: 10.1080/14733285.2011.595902
- Evans, R. (2011) Young caregiving and HIV in the UK: caring relationships and mobilities in African migrant families. Population, Space and Place, 17 (4). pp. 338-360. ISSN 1544-8444 doi: 10.1002/psp.583
- Evans, R. and Day, C., (2011) Inheritance, poverty and HIV/AIDS: experiences of widows and orphaned youth heading households in Tanzania and Uganda. Working Paper. Chronic Poverty Research Centre, Manchester. pp57. ISBN 9781906433918
- Evans, R. and Atim, A. (2011) Care, disability and HIV in East Africa: diverging or interconnected concepts and practices? Third World Quarterly, 32 (8). pp. 1437-1454. ISSN 1360-2241 doi: 10.1080/01436597.2011.604517
- Evans, R. (2011) ‘We are managing our own lives...’: life transitions and care in sibling-headed households affected by AIDS in Tanzania and Uganda. Area, 43 (4). pp. 384-396. ISSN 1475-4762 doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2010.00954.x
- Evans, R. (2010) Children's caring roles and responsibilities within the family in Africa. Geography Compass, 4 (10). pp. 1477-1496. ISSN 1749-8198 doi: 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00386.x
- Evans, R., (2010) The experiences and priorities of young people who care for their siblings in Tanzania and Uganda. Technical Report. University of Reading, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, Reading. pp26.
- Evans, R. and Thomas, F. (2009) Emotional interactions and an ethic of care: caring relations in families affected by HIV and AIDS. Emotions, Space and Society, 2 (2). pp. 111-119. ISSN 1755-4586 doi: 10.1016/j.emospa.2009.08.003
- Evans, R. and Becker, S. (2009) Children caring for parents with HIV and AIDS: global issues and policy responses. The Policy Press, Bristol. ISBN 9781847420220
- Pinnock, K. and Evans, R. (2008) Developing responsive preventative practices: key messages from children's and families' experiences of the Children's Fund. Children and Society, 22. pp. 86-98. doi: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2007.00081.x
- Evans, R. and Spicer, N. (2008) Is participation prevention? A blurring of discourses in children's preventative initiatives in the UK. Childhood-a Global Journal of Child Research, 15 (1). pp. 50-73. ISSN 0907-5682 doi: 10.1177/0907568207086835
- Coad, J. and Evans, R. (2008) Reflections on practical approaches to involving children and young people in the data analysis process. Children & Society, 22 (1). pp. 41-52. ISSN 0951-0605 doi: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2006.00062.x
- Evans, R. and Becker, S. (2007) Hidden young carers: the experiences, needs and resilience of children caring for parents and relatives with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania and the UK: stakeholder report. University of Nottingham, School of Sociology and Social Policy, Nottingham.
- Evans, R. and Plumridge, G. (2007) Inclusion, social networks and resilience: strategies, practices and outcomes for disabled children and their families. Social Policy and Society, 6 (2). pp. 231-241. ISSN 1475-3073 doi: 10.1017/S1474746406003496
- Evans, R. and Pinnock, K. (2007) Promoting resilience and protective factors in the Children's Fund: supporting children and young people's pathways towards social inclusion? Journal of Children and Poverty, 13 (1). pp. 21-36. ISSN 1469-9389 doi: 10.1080/10796120601171211
- Spicer, N. and Evans, R. (2006) Developing children and young people’s participation in strategic processes: the experience of the Children’s Fund Initiative. Social Policy and Society, 5 (2). pp. 177-188. ISSN 1475-3073 doi: 10.1017/S1474746405002861
- Evans, R. (2006) Negotiating social identities: the influence of gender, age and ethnicity on young people’s ‘Street Careers’ in Tanzania. Children's Geographies, 4 (1). pp. 109-128. ISSN 1473-3277 doi: 10.1080/14733280600577533
- Evans, R. (2005) Social networks, migration, and care in Tanzania. Journal of Children and Poverty, 11 (2). pp. 111-129. ISSN 1079-6126 doi: 10.1080/10796120500195527
- Evans, R. (2004) Tanzanian childhoods: street children’s narratives of ‘home’. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 22 (1). pp. 69-92. ISSN 1469-9397 doi: 10.1080/0258900042000179616
- Evans, R. (2002) Poverty, HIV, and barriers to education: street children's experiences in Tanzania. Gender and Development, 10 (3). pp. 51-62. ISSN 1364-9221 doi: 10.1080/13552070215916
- BA (Nottingham), MA and PhD (Hull).