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Durham University

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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 recently led a three-country DFID/ESRC-funded study of youth and mobile phones and is now leading an ESRC GCRF-funded study: 'Youth engagement and skills acquisition within Africa's transport sector: promoting a gender agenda towards transitions into meaningful work'. Other recent research has been mostly related to mobility issues [gender and transport, transport-energy linkages, 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 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 has undertaken advisory work for diverse organisations, including international NGOs, the British Council, UNHabitat, DFID [Africa Community Access Programme AFCAP] and the African Development Bank.

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Research Projects

Department of Anthropology

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

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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Selected Grants

  • 2017: Energy On the Move: longitudinal perspectives on energy transitions among marginal populations (a comparative study) (£191864.00 from ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (INNOGEN))
  • 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.
  • 2006: Children, transport and mobility in sub-Saharan Africa: a three country study to improve policy and practice. ESRC-DFID, 2006-2010.
  • 2004: IMPROVING CHILDRENS MOBILITY AND ACCESS (£89658.00 from Department for International Development)
  • 2012: Learning with older people about their transport and mobility problems in rural Tanzania: focus on improving access to health services (£13974.00 from HelpAge International)
  • 2009: Design, Production and Distribution of Child Mobility Needs Booklet (£18593.63 from AFCAP)
  • 2004: BUILDING A FOOD MARKETING POLICY (£64800.00 from Department for International Development)
  • 2004: SCOPING STUDY ON THE ROLE OF TRADE (£23250.00 from Department for International Development)
  • 2004: SOCIAL RESILIENCE AMONG YOUNG LIBERIAN (£9880.00 from The Nuffield Foundation)
  • 2003: IMPROVING MARKET INSTITUTIONS (£35246.00 from Department for International Development)
  • 2003: NGO's AND THE STATE IN GHANA AND INDIA (£98948.00 from Department for International Development)
  • 2001: CROP POST HARVEST RESEARCH PROGRAMME (£122142.00 from Natural Resources International Ltd)
  • 2000: CROP POST HARVEST RESEARCH PROGRAMME (£264190.00 from Natural Resources International Ltd)
  • 2000: RURAL ACCESS ISSUES & SUPPLY OF URBAN FOOD MARKETS (£38200.00 from Natural Resources International Ltd)
  • 1998: ACCESS TO MARKET OPPORTUNITIES (£76267.00 from Natural Resources International Ltd)
  • 1998: LAGOON MANAGEMENT IN COASTAL GHANA (£108031.00 from )