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Improving children's mobility and access

A research project of the Department of Anthropology, part of the Anthropology in Development research group.


The project aimed to contribute towards improved understanding and resolution of child mobility and access problems (which have far-reaching implications for education, health, gender equity and livelihoods) and to directly impact on policy formulation. It developed and tested a participatory child-centred field methodology/tool kit specifically focused on investigating transport/mobility/access issues. The approach was tested in sample locations in three countries (Ghana, India, South Africa) and the results disseminated to policy-makers and practitioners. A discussion of the Ghana component is available in the Journal of Children's Geographies (G. Porter and A. Abane: Increasing children’s participation in transport planning: reflections on methodology in a child-centred research project. Children’s Geographies 6, 2: 151-167). This work has led to further (ongoing) research on child mobility in sub-Saharan Africa. See for details.


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