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Dr Kate Hampshire, BA, MSc, PhD

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Kate Hampshire is a Reader in Anthropology. She is a medical anthropologist and has been conducting fieldwork on health and well-being, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, since the mid-1990s.

She began working mainly in francophone West Africa: her PhD thesis (at UCL 1994-98) focussed on mobility and social change among Fulani agro-pastoralists in northern Burkina Faso, and in subsequent years she worked with pastoralist populations in Chad and Niger.

Other recent Africa-based projects include a large project on child mobility in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa, with Dr. Gina Porter; work among refugee youth in Ghana; and work in Niger on intra-household resource allocation and impacts on child health; she has also recently worked on a couple of UK-based research projects: one on the management and social consequences of infertility among British Pakistani Muslims, and another looking at the social capital impacts of children's participation in community arts projects. Currently, together with Gina Porter, Kate is working on a large DFID/ESRC-funded project on mobile phone use among children and young adults in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa.

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Research Projects

Department of Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Africa
  • Demography
  • Health and disease
  • Human ecology
  • Livelihood strategies and security
  • Nomads, migrants and other mobile populations
  • Pastoralists
  • Sahel

Selected Publications

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  • Hampshire, K., Porter, G., Kilpatrick, K., Kyei, P., Adjaloo, M. & Oppong, G. (2011). The search for belonging: youth identities and transitions to adulthood in an African refugee context. In Geographies of Children, Youth and Families. Holt, L. Routledge. 83-94.
  • Casiday, R., Hampshire, K., Panter-Brick, C. & Kilpatrick, K. (2010). Responses to a food crisis and child malnutrition in the Nigerien Sahel. In Human Diet and Nutrition in Biocultural Perspective. Moffat, T. Berghahn. 152-170.
  • Hampshire, K.R. & Randall, S.C. (2004). People are a resource: Demography and livelihoods in Sahelian Fulbe of Burkina Faso. In Rural Resources and Local Livelihoods in Africa. Homewood, K. James Currey and Wisconsin UP. 123-136.
  • Hampshire, K. (2003). The Fulani. In Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology. New York: Kluwer. 2: 656-664.
  • Hampshire, K.R. (2001). The impact of male migration on fertility decisions and outcomes among the Fulani of Burkina Faso. In Managing Reproductive Life. Tremayne, S. Oxford: Berghahn. 107-126.
  • Hampshire, K. (2000). Acces au Soins de Sante aux Femmes Nomades du Tchad. In Reflections pour une Meilleure Prise en Charge de la Sante en Milieu Nomade au Tchad. Wyss, K. & Zinsstag, J. Abidjan: Sempira. 8: 92-107.
  • Hampshire, K.R. & Randall, S.C. (2000). Fulani Fertility Differentials in Northern Burkina Faso. In Propects of Patoralism in West Africa. Hoffman, I. Geissen: Tropeninstitut, Reihe I (Symposium) Band 25. 11-126.
  • Hampshire, K. & Randall, S.C. (1998). Pauvrete et Migration Saisonniere chez les Peulhs du Sahel Burkinabe. In Crises, Pauvrete et Changements Demographiques dans les Pays du Sud. Gendrau, F. Paris: Editions Estem.

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Selected Grants

  • 2012: 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, ESRC-DFID 2012-2015.
  • 2009: Child mobility – moving forward. Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship, £19,500.
  • 2008: Sing Up – the impacts of singing programmes for young people on social connectedness and well-being. Arts council for England, £10,000, PI.
  • 2006: British Pakistani Moslems, infertility and the New Reproductive Technologies, ESRC project grant: £150,000, CI (PI = Bob Simpson)
  • 2006: Children, transport and mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa: developing a child-centred evidence base to improve policy and change thinking across Africa. ESRC/DFID project grant: £228,000, CI (PI = Gina Porter)
  • 2005: Social resilience and coping among young Liberian refugees in Ghana. Nuffield Small Grants for Social Sciences, £9880.
  • 2005: Social resilience and coping among young Liberian refugees in Ghana. Nuffield Small Grants for Social Sciences, £9880.
  • 2000: HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE RESEARCH PROJECT (£9450.00 from Sitara)