Kristen E. CheneyAssociate Professor Erasmus University RotterdamInternational Institute of Social Studies
Studies children of all ages using ethnographic methods in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.
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Areas of Expertise Region Sub-Saharan Africa Topic(s) Adoption, Africa, agency, children/childhood, child protection, children’s rights, citizenship, development, education, HIV/AIDS, child institutionalization, humanitarianism, orphans, political, economy, sexuality, sexual and reproductive rights, surrogacy, vulnerability Non-anthropological Affiliations or Partnerships Alternative Care Uganda, CABA Working Group Netherlands, Share-Net NL, Children’s Rights European Academic Network, Policy Consultant to Hope & Homes for Children; Research Consultant to Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education; Lead Research for Oak Foundation's Adolescents' Perceptions of Healthy Relationships study in Bulgaria and Tanzania (2016-2018); Consultant on Ethical Volunteering for Nobis Project’s Think Tank: Global Education Toolkit Methods Ethnography, child/youth participatory methods, qualitative Child/Youth age range All age ranges Policy Impact Does advocacy, capacity building, and consultation work in child protection and sexual and reproductive health. Recent publications “International Commercial Surrogacy: Beyond Feminist Conundrums and the Child as Product”, 2018. In R. Rosen and K. Twamley (eds), Feminism and the Politics of Childhood: Friends or Foes?, 139-154. London: UCL Press. (with K.S. Rotabi, S. Mapp, R. Fong and R. McRoy) - “Regulating Commercial Global Surrogacy: The Best Interests of the Child”, Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, 2017, 2(3): 64-73. (with Auma Okwany) “Introduction: Toward social justice for children and youth in East Africa”, Childhood in Africa, 2017, 4(1): 4-10. (with Sylvia Namubiru Mukasa) “Embedding social justice in Ugandan adoption and legal guardianship cases”, Childhood in Africa, 2017, 4(1): 23-33. Most influential academic work Crying for Our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV and AIDS (2017, The University of Chicago Press). “Addicted to Orphans: how the orphan industrial complex jeopardizes child protection”, 2014. In C. Harker, K. Horschelmann, and T. Skelton (eds), Conflict, Violence and Peace, Volume 11: Geographies of Children and Young People, 1-19. Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-4585-98-9_3-1 Pillars of the Nation: Child Citizens and Ugandan National Development (2007, The University of Chicago Press). Journals that have published the experts work? Adoption & Fostering, African Studies Review, AIDSCare, Anthropology Today, Childhood, Childhood in Africa, Children’s Geographies, Development & Change, European Journal of Development Research, Global Studies of Childhood, IDS Bulletin, International Social Work, Journal of Human Rights and Social Work