Presenting the research post PhD

So, how do you get a whole PhD thesis to fit in a poster (presented this week at the Consortium for Street Children’s annual Research Conference #StreetResilience?

…with extreme difficulty! Here is attempt 1 🙂

Leaving the street poster



Leaving the street? Conceptualising liminalities associated with street-connectedness

This study develops an understanding of the experiences of young people leaving the street in Kenya, paying particular attention to their journeys through/into education. Fifty-three young people, aged 12 -28 and supported by three organisations in two provincial Kenyan towns, participated in one or more research activities: semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and visual methods. The visual methods included drawing activities, auto-photography and image-elicitation interviews. Findings indicate that being street-connected is an integral part of the identities constructed by young people after they leave the street and establish places for themselves in their families, schools, local communities, and wider society. Such street-connectedness can be a strength: the resilience and skills developed on the street are useful attributes in adapting to new situations. However, the stigmatisation and resulting marginalisation they experience on the street can influence a young person’s ability to develop a sense of belonging to their new situation after leaving the street. Consequently, three types of liminality associated with street-connectedness were conceptualised. The first is associated with living in the physical space defined as being on the street: a physical embodiment of liminality. The second, describes the liminal phase of being in transition as a young person newly arrived on the street, or having recently left it. The third liminality, a street-connected identity, describes the long-term impact on a young person’s sense of self of living and working on the street, after they leave it.


Burning the candle…from every end imaginable

Full-time work post PhD is busier than I could have imagined. Trying to juggle the demands of the day job with the voluntary commitments I developed during my time as a doctoral candidate mean that sometimes 30 hour days would be an amazing invention in my next life. This week especially so, as I accidentally signed myself up for three social events, as well as the launch of EENET’s video-based resource for teachers. The first two events, both musical, provided very different ways in which to experience musical harmonies, and the third – a one woman show – had me thinking much more about how lucky I am to have been born when and where I was. Continue reading Burning the candle…from every end imaginable

2016 – Another Year in Review

I think, given the extreme lows that we have experienced globally, and the almost backwards step that the media would have us believe that the human race appears to be taking in terms of tolerance and basic human decency, it is important to step back and focus on the good things that 2016 has brought. Continue reading 2016 – Another Year in Review

B!RTH: a festival that stays with you

The woman had her fistula surgery in her 90s, after 77 years of living with fistula. The doctor said she “wanted to die clean”…

Paraphrased from Mumbi Kaigwa’s Orchid.


After being unable to look at the baby, whose face had become that of her rapist, the mother was driven blindfold to a place where she carefully explained to the newborn why she had to leave him alone in the dark, and then she had herself driven away from him

Paraphrased from Liwa Yasji’s Q&Q.


I spent a thoughtful evening at the B!RTH festival last week, at Manchester’s Exchange Theatre. Three very real plays about women’s experiences of giving birth.

Continue reading B!RTH: a festival that stays with you

Reading University’s Institute of Education ATP Conference

This week was a first for me – I delivered my first keynote. It was so much more nerve racking than my usual conference presentations as it was aimed at everyone at the conference, and I needed to use my experience of education and research to inspire the soon to be teachers listening to me. Continue reading Reading University’s Institute of Education ATP Conference

Being ‘on the Margins’ – the book!

Today I am a little excited as I took delivery of my new book 🙂

It’s an edited volume of papers presented at, or developed as a result of, the #SymposiumoftheStreet that I convened in 2014. I wrote about the day here, and my opening statement of the day is here.

The book,or proceedings, is available from Cambridge Scholars.

To give you a sneak peek at what is inside, here is an extract, which includes the introduction in full.

For those of you who with limited connectivity, here is the overview of the structure: Continue reading Being ‘on the Margins’ – the book!

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