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Dr Nathan Salvidge

Undergraduate teaching: Contemporary Issues in Human Geography, Theories and Debates in Human Geography, Introducing Human Geography, Geography and Environmental Science Fieldclass, Dissertation

Areas of interest

  • Young informal vendors’ spatial and temporal mobilities
  • Urban informal work
  • Geographies of youth
  • The use of GPS technology to map livelihood mobilities

Research centres and groups

human geography research cluster


For his PhD (funded by the ESRC), Nathan undertook one year of ethnographic research (from August 2018) in Dar es Salaam and Arusha, Tanzania. Across both cities, 37 youth participants (aged 15-35) and 14 key stakeholders took part in the study. Several methods were used during the data collection stage of the research, including participant observations, mobile phone-based GPS tracking, life-mapping interviews and participatory timeline diagrams, participatory video, focus groups, and semi-structured interviews.

Academic qualifications

Nathan completed his PhD at the University of Reading in 2022. Nathan’s PhD entitled ‘Analysing the lives and livelihoods of young informal vendors in urban Tanzania’, explored young vendors’ complex, diverse and interconnected spatial and temporal livelihood mobilities.