DR Jane Dyson

DR Jane Dyson




  • Dr Jane Dyson has worked for thirteen years in the high Himalayas in India examining gender, work, and social transformation from the perspective of social geography, cultural anthropology and development studies. She received her doctorate from the University of Cambridge (2006) before teaching at the University of Washington and at the University of Oxford, where she also worked as Research Associate at the School of Geography and the Environment on three projects related to youth and gender in India and the UK. 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). Drawing on eighteen months of ethnographic fieldwork (2002-2004), conducted in Hindi and Garhwali, Jane's research used an understanding of children's everyday work practices to develop a feminist approach to agency, one that foregrounds quiescence and the cultivation of social relationships as a basis for achieving a measure of personal power. She also explored to the ways in which young people interact creatively with their environments, examining the role of improvisation and questions of space. Since 2011, Jane has worked in the same village as part of an ESRC funded project (at University of Oxford) examining the politics of educated, unemployed youth in South Asia. This includes collaborative work (with Craig Jeffrey) on two key themes: the role of an interstitial generation of youth in mediating social change, and investigating attitudes to and practices of education over the past decade. She is independently exploring how changing marriage practices can act as a lens through which to explore social change. As part of this project, Jane has made the documentary film, Lifelines, for which she was awarded an ESRC Award for International Impact, and an Oxford Teaching Excellence Award. The film has been screened at fifteen international film festivals, and along with its accompanyi   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2016 Honorary Research Associate, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford 2014-2016 Fulford Research Fellow, Somerville College, University of Oxford 2013 ESRC Teaching Grant 'Ethnographic Portraits 2012 'Ethnographic Portraits' - Social Sciences Teaching Grant British Academy Overseas Grant 2010 'Marriage and Youth in Contemporary India', Oxford-Princeton Collaborative Grant 2007 'Himalayan Worlds Speaker Series', Grant from Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington 2006 'Global Futures', Grant from Walter Simpson Centre for the Humanities, University of Washington 'Global Futures Speaker Series', Grant from Institure of Transational Studies, University of Washington 2005 St John's College Doctoral Funding 2001 ESRC/NERC Doctoral Studentship (2001-2005)    


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Cambridge 2006
  • MSc, The University of Edinburgh 2001
  • BSc Hons, The University of Edinburgh 1997

Awards and honors

  • Film 'Lifeslines' is winner or finalist in 15 international film festivals., Various International Film Festivals, 2015
  • First Prize for Outstanding International Impact, UK Economic and Social Research Council, 2015
  • Teaching Excellence Award (for Innovative use of IT and outreach work), University of Oxford, 2015
  • Teaching Excellence Award (for Innovative Graduate Teaching), University of Oxford, 2013
  • Teaching Excellence Award (for developing graduate teaching), University of Oxford, 2012