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Department of Anthropology

Research Staff

Professor Gina Porter, BA, PhD

Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology

Contact Professor Gina Porter (email at r.e.porter@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Gina Porter has been based at Durham University since 1986, first in the Geography Department, since 2001 in Anthropology. She has undertaken field research in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Brazil, Papua New Guinea and India but considers herself primarily an Africanist. (She taught for 10 years in Nigerian universities). Her research combines ethnographic approaches with a strong interest in spatial perspectives.

Her current research focuses primarily on mobility, transport and the use of mobile phones in sub-Saharan Africa. She is leading an ESRC/DFID-funded study: 'The impact of mobile phones on young people's lives and life chances in sub-Saharan Africa: a three-country study to inform policy and practice'. Other recent research has been mostly related to mobility issues [gender and transport, older people's mobility and access to services, Intermediate Means of Transport, off-road communities and issues of physical access, social networks of refugee youth] and to marketing and trade [market institutions, conflict in market place trade, gender issues in rural trade, contract farming, local agricultural labour markets]. 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 strong focus on developing innovative methodologies for effective field research (co-investigation with children and with older people, action research, mobile methods, networked approaches).

Topics on which she has supervised British and overseas postgraduates include: gender and embodied mobility in Ghana, gendering of sustainability in Cuban organic agriculture, transport impacts on agricultural production in Ghana, microcredit and transport in Ghana, road impacts on women's health in Nepal, masculinities and microfinance in Colombia, trust and farmer-trader relations in Ghana, decentralisation and poverty alleviation in Ghana, gender and fuelwood knowledges in Kenya, sanitation issues in Nigeria, empowerment in Honduras.

She advised on transport services in the first phase of the DFID-funded Africa Community Access Programme [AFCAP] which supports transport research and knowledge sharing in a number of African countries.

Research Interests

  • Children and young people
  • Gendered mobilities
  • Market institutions
  • Mobile phones/ICTs
  • Older people's mobility
  • Participatory methodologies
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Transport, mobility and social exclusion

Selected Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Porter, G. (2014). Exploring collaborative research methodologies in the pursuit of sustainable futures. In Sustainable development: an appraisal from the Gulf Region. Sillitoe, P. Oxford: Berghahn. 19: 419-435.
  • Porter, G., Heslop, A., Bifandimu, F., Sibale, E., Tewodros, A. & Gorman, M. (2014). Exploring intergenerationality and ageing in rural Kibaha, Tanzania: methodological innovation through co-investigation with older people. In Intergenerational space. Vanderbeck, R. & Worth, N. London: Routledge. 259-272.
  • Porter, G. (2013). Urban transport in Cape Coast, Ghana: A social sustainability analysis. Case study prepared for UNHabitat Sustainable Urban Transport: Global Report on Human Settlements 2013. In Global report on Human Settlements: Sustainable Urban Transport:. UNHabitat
  • Porter, G., Hampshire, K., Abane, A. Robson, E. Munthali, A., Mashiri, M., Tanle, A., Maponya, A. & Dube, S. (2012). Perspectives on Young People’s Daily Mobility, Transport and Service Access in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Mobilities: new perspectives on transport and society. Grieco, M. & Urry, J. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate. 65-90.
  • Hampshire, K., Porter, G. , Kilpatrick, K. Kyei, P., Adjaloo, M. & Oppong, G. (2011). Bridging the Child Right gap in a refugee context: survival strategies and impact on inter-generational relations. In Children’s rights in Ghana: reality or rhetoric?. Ame, R., Agbenyiga, D. & Apt, N. Lexington. 59-73.
  • Porter, G., Abane, A., Blaufuss, K. & Owusu Acheampong, F.O. (2011). Children’s rights, mobility and transport in Ghana: access to education and health services. In Children’s rights in Ghana: reality or rhetoric?. Ame, Robert Kwame, Agbényiga, DeBrenna LaFa & Apt, Nana Araba Lanham: Lexington Books. 113-128.
  • Lyon, F. & Porter, G. (2010). Evolving institutions of trust: personalized and institutional bases of trust in Nigerian and Ghanaian food trading. In Organizational trust: a cultural perspective. Saunders, M.N.K., Skinner, D., Dietz, G., Gillespie, N. & Lewicki, R.J. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 255-278.
  • Porter, G., Blaufuss, K. & Owusu Acheampong, F. (2010). Filling the family's transport gap in sub-Saharan Africa: young people and load carrying in Ghana. In Geographies of children, youth and families: an international perspective. Holt, L. London: Routledge. 189-202.
  • Porter, G. (2009). Children, (im)mobility and transport in sub-Saharan Africa: implications for meeting the MDGs. In Africa, transport and the Millennium Development Goals: Achieving an Internationally Set Agenda. Grieco, M., Ndulo, M., Bryceson, D., Porter, G. & McCray, T. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars. 177-195.
  • Porter, G., Lyon, F. & Potts, D. (2009). Urban food supply in sub-Saharan Africa in the twenty-first century: the role of trading and market institutions. In Macromarketing – a global focus: Marketing systems, societal development, equity & poverty. Shapiro, S.J., Tadajewski, M. & Schultz, C.J. Sage. 220-243.
  • Townsend, J., Mawdsley, E. & Porter, G. (2008). Development hegemonies and local outcomes: Women and NGOs in low income countries. In Globalization: Theory and Practice. Kofman, E. & Youngs, G. London: Continuum. 87-97.
  • Porter, G. & Lyon, F. (2006). Social capital as culture? Promoting cooperative action in Ghana. In Culture and development in a globalizing world: geographies, actors, and paradigms. Radcliffe, S.A. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 150-169.
  • Lyon, F. & Porter, G. (2005). The social relations of economic life and networks of civic engagement: social capital and targeted development in West Africa. In West African worlds: local and regional paths through development, modernity and globalisation. Cline-Cole, R. & Robson, E. London: Pearson Education.
  • Townsend, J., Mawdsley, E. & Porter, G. (2003). Development hegemonies and local outcomes: women and NGOs in low-income countries. In Globalization: theory and practice. Koffman, E. & Youngs, G. London: Continuum.
  • Townsend, J., Mawdsley, E. & Porter, G. (2002). Challenges for NGOs. In The Arnold Companion to Development Studies. Desai, V. & Potter, R. London: Arnold.
  • Porter, G. (1999). Methodes de terrain pour l'etude du role des marches ruraux periodiques dans les pays en developpement. In Prix, produits et paysans: methode pour analyser la commercialisationa agricole dans les pays en developpement. Scott, G. & Griffon, D. Karthala.
  • Porter, G., Young, E., Dzietror, A. & Awumbila, M. (1999). Participatory and interdisciplinary research in practice: a case study from coastal Ghana. In Natural Resource Management in Ghana and its socio-economic context. Blench, R Overseas Development Institute. 178-190.
  • Porter, G. (1995). Adapting to environment and market: trade and marketing in northern Nigeria. In People and environment in Africa. Binns, J.A. Wiley.
  • Porter, G. (1995). Field method for exploring the role of the indigenous rural periodic market in developing countries. In Prices, products and people: analysing agricultural markets in developing countries. Scott, G. Lynne Rienner.
  • Porter, G. (1990). Retailing in northern Nigeria: patterns of continuity and change. In Retailing environments in developing countries. Findlay, A.M., Paddison, R. & Dawson, J.A. Routledge. 66-86.
  • Porter, G. (1990). Trade and inequality in Borno, north-east Nigeria. In Inequality and development: case studies from the Third World. Swindell, K., Mortimore, M. & Baba,J. MacMillan. 331-355.

Conference Proceeding

  • Porter, G. & Blaufuss, K. (2002). Children, transport and traffic in Ghana. International Workshop on children and traffic, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Porter, G. (1998). Linking the global and the local: marketing and production issues in the Brazilian sugar industry. Proceedings of the 6th International conference on marketing and development, Black sea university, Mangalia, Romania, International society for marketing and development.
  • Clark, S., Foster-Smith, R. & Porter,G. (1997). A systems approach to the development of a management information system for the coastal ecosystem of Ghana. International seminar on the coastal zone of West Africa, Accra, Ghana, Penshaw Press, Sunderrland, Mass.
  • Armah, A.K., Clark, S. & Porter, G. (1997). Coping responses and strategies in the coastal zone of south-east Ghana: a case study in the Anloga area. International seminar on the coastal zone of West Africa, Accra, Ghana, Penshaw Press, Sunderrland.
  • Porter, G. (1996). Marketing, geography and qualitative research in developing areas. Marketing issues in a new era, University of Indiana, American Marketing Association.
  • Nevett, T. & Porter, G. (1996). Perspectives on geography and advertising. American Marketing Association winter conference: marketing issues in a new era, Hilton Head, South Carolina.
  • Porter, G. (1995). Marketing Transkei's agricultural produce: challenges of integration in the new South Africa. 5th International conference on marketing and development, Beijing.
  • Porter, G. (1994). Women in the market place: case studies from northern Nigeria. International conference on women and public space, Athens National Technical University, Greece.
  • Porter, G. (1993). Changing accessibility and reorganisation of rural markets in Nigeria. 4th International conference on marketing and development, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Edited book

  • Porter, Gina, Townsend, Janet & Hampshire, Kate (2014). Children and young people as knowledge producers. London: Routledge.
  • Grieco, M., Ndulo, M., Bryceson, D., Porter, G. & McCray, T. (2009). Africa, transport and the Millennium Development Goals: achieving an internationally set agenda. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Fernando, P. & Porter, G. (2002). Balancing the load: women, gender and transport. London: Zed Books.

Edited Journal

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Porter, G. & Mawdsley, E. (2008). Mobility and development. Geography Review 21(4): 16-18.
  • Porter, G. (1998). Off-road trading: some perspectives from Africa. Appropriate Technology 25(2): 7-9.

Other (Print)

  • Porter, G. & Acheampong Owusu, F. (1999). A gazetteer of markets and roads serving Gomoa district. pp. 27.
  • Porter, G. (1999). A literature and archival review of crop marketing and market accessibility issues with particular reference to Central Region, Ghana. 46pp.
  • Porter, G. (1999). Access to marekting opportunities in Ghana's off-road communities: a review of constraints and potential interventions in Ghana and Assin districts, Central Region. 70 pp.
  • Porter, G. (1999). Access to market opportunities in Ghana's off-road communities: interim reports on fieldwork in Ghana: nos 1-3. 20pp.
  • Porter, G. (1999). Final technical report: access to market opportunities in Ghana's off-road communities.
  • (1999). Workshop proceedings: Access to market opportunities in Ghana's off-road communities. pp. 40.
  • Porter, G., Young, E., Dzietror, A. & Awumbila, M. (1998). Participatory approaches to the management of the coastal zone ecosystem in Ghana: Vol 2: database for Dangbe East, Gomoa and Keta districts, with an introduction by G. Porter. pp. 250.
  • Porter, G. (1998). Participatory approaches to the management of the coastal zone ecosystem in Ghana. Vol 1: final summary report to the UK DFID. pp. 30.
  • Young, E., Porter, G., Awumbila, M. & Dzietror, A. (1998). Participatory GIS case studies. Case 3, Annex 3 of S. Luque, Use of geographic information systems for mineral resources and environmental management. Case 3, Annex 3.
  • Porter, G. (1998). Resource endowment, access and management in coastal Ghana: archival sources. pp. 26.
  • Porter, G. (1998). Small-scale industry based on grasses, reed and palm products in coastal Ghana. pp. 14.
  • Porter, G. (1997). Participatory approaches to the management of the coastal zone ecosystem in Ghana. Interim report no. 2.
  • Porter, G. (1997). Participatory approaches to the management of the coastal zone ecosystem in Ghana. Interim report.
  • Porter, G. (1997). Participatory approaches to the management of the coastal zone ecosysteme in Ghana. Interim report no. 7.
  • Porter, G. (1997). Research in the coastal zone ecosystem of Ghana: a position paper. pp. 68.
  • Clark, S., Foster-Smith, R., Porter, G., Young, E., Armah, A. Dzietror, A. & Awumbila, M. (1996). A management information system for the coastal zone ecosystem of Ghan: its application to planning and developing multiple resource use strategies, vol 1.
  • Clark, S., Foster-Smith, R. Porter, G., YOung, E., Armah, A., Dzietror, A. & Awumbila, M. (1996). A management information system for the coastal zone ecosystem of Ghan: its application to planning and developing multiple resource use strategies, vol 2.
  • Porter, G. & Dzietror, A. (1996). Decentralization at the Environmental Progtection Agency: a review. A management information system for the coastal zone ecosystem of Ghan: its application to planning and developing multiple resource use strategies, vol 2..
  • Porter, G. (1996). Participatory approaches to environmental resource management issues in coastal Ghana: review and prospect of a programme. A management information system for the coastal zone ecosystem of Ghan: its application to planning and developing multiple resource use strategies, vol 2..
  • Porter, G. (1976). Agriculture: contributions to the surveys and planning reports prepared by Max Lock Group [Nigeria] for the North East State Government, Nigeria [limited circulation].
  • Porter, G. (1976). Forestry: contributions to the surveys and planning reports prepared by Max Lock Group [Nigeria] for the North East State Government, Nigeria [limited circulation].
  • Porter, G. (1976). Fuel supply: contributions to the surveys and planning reports prepared by Max Lock Group [Nigeria] for the North East State Government, Nigeria [limited circulation].

Report

Working Paper

  • Porter, G. (1993). Rural fuel supply and sales on the Jos Plateau [Part II of Fuelwood Studies]. Interim report no. 37.
  • Porter, G. (1992). Food marketing and urban food supply on the Jos Plateau. Interim report no. 29.
  • Porter, G. (1992). Rural markets on the Jos Plateau [incorporating a gazetteer]. Interim report no. 31. .
  • (1991). Barley cultivation for beer on the Jos Plateau: agricultural innovation as a response to structural adjustment. Interim report no. 20.
  • Porter, G. (1991). The Derwentside project, 1989-1991: Department of Geography, University of Durham. Report to Enterprise in Higher Education, September 1991.

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Research Groups

Research Projects

  • Action research to evaluate the impact on livelihoods of a set of post-harvest interventions in Ghana's off-road settlements: focus on IMTs
  • Children, Transport and Mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa: Developing a Child-Centred Evidence Base to Improve Policy and Change Thinking Across Africa
  • Improving children's mobility and access
  • Improving market institutions and urban food supplies for the urban poor: a comparative study of Nigeria and Zambia: scoping phase
  • Investigations on Building a Food Marketing Policy Evidence Base in Nigeria
  • NGOs and the state in Ghana and India: an exploration of new NGO-state relationships and their impact on poverty eradication programmes
  • Rural Access Issues and the Supply of Urban Food Markets in Nigeria: Focus on Market Access for Smallholder Vegetable Producers on the Jos Plateau
  • Scoping Study on the Role of Trade and Markets in Conflict Development and Conflict Resolution with special reference to Nigeria
  • Social resilience among young Liberians