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Durham University

Department of Anthropology


Dr Claire Dungey, PhD

Contact Dr Claire Dungey

I gained a Ph.D. degree in anthropology at Aarhus University in September 2015. 

I am currently working on a project with Prof. Gina Porter titled "Youth engagement and skills acquisition within Africa’s transport sector; promoting a gender agenda towards transition into meaningful work”, which is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund [GCRF]. The grant, which runs from 1st December 2018 to 28th February 2021, was awarded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. 

Based on 12 months of ethnographic fieldwork, my Ph.D. thesis is an account of how schoolchildren in Kisoro in Uganda connect friendships across ethnic groups and the various ways in which they perceive friendships and schooling to be both enabling and constraining, and characterised by difficult trust relationships.

From 2016-2018, I was employed as a collaborate postdoctoral researcher at Brunel University London in a collaborative three country project concerning young people’s educational aspirations and transitions under the ESRC funded project " Education systems, aspiration and learning in remote rural settings". I conducted a nine-month ethnography of two rural communities in Lesotho focusing on barriers to education and their experiences of succes. This was conducted in collaboration with a team of researchers led by Prof. Nicola Ansell.

In early 2016, I was employed at the interdisciplinary department of education at Aarhus University. At this department I taught several BA and MA courses. Several of these courses were designed according to my research profile within childhood and youth studies and were built on previous courses I had taught at the department of anthropology where I graduated. Moreover, I taught a BA/MA course in the Anthropology of learning and education in 2019 at Brunel University London.

Research Interests

  • Friendship and kinship
  • Futures
  • Gender and transport
  • Mobility
  • The anthropology of education

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Dungey, Claire Elisabeth (2019). Den skjulte baby: Tavshed og delte hemmeligheder blandt skolebørn i Uganda. In Hvad vi deler – Antropologiske perspektiver på deling som socialt fænomen. Hansen, Anders Sybrandt, Højlund, Susanne, Pallesen, Cecil, & Rytter, Mikkel Aarhus Universitetsforlag. 2019: 161-173.
  • Dungey, Claire Elisabeth & Meinert, Lotte (2017). Schooling and the Instability of Adulthood for Young Men in Uganda. In Elusive Adulthoods:The Anthropology of New Maturities. Deborah Durham & Jacqueline Solway Indiana University Press. 83-104.

Journal Article

  • Dungey, Claire Elisabeth (2019). Living with ambivalent friendships: Insecurity and (dis)trust among Youth in Uganda. Friendship, Etnofoor 31(1): 47-62.
  • Dungey, Claire & Stephens, Neil (2018). Learning about dentistry: enacting problems at the Wellcome Collection exhibition ‘Teeth’. Journal of Science Communication 17(3): R03.
  • Dungey, Claire Elisabeth, Matzen, Ida Sofie & Schütt, Morten (2016). Forudsigelser. Jordens Folk-Etnografisk Tidsskrift 2015(2): 3-4.
  • Dungey, Claire Elisabeth & Fibiger, Thomas Brandt (2016). Mor: Forord. Jordens Folk 2016(3-4): 3-4.
  • Dungey, Claire Elisabeth (2013). 'De spiser pengene'-Udveksling og tiggeri blandt skolebørn i Uganda. Jordens Folk 48(4).
  • Dungey, Claire Elisabeth (2012). Skolegang en gave for hvem? Jordens Folk 47(4).

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