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People Professor Jo Boyden

Research Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on African Governance


Director, Young Lives, Oxford Department of International Development

Professor Jo Boyden has been Director of the international longitudinal study, Young Lives, based at the Oxford Department of International Development, since 2005.

She has a PhD in Anthropology and a BSc in Social Anthropology from the University of London. Her research has mainly focused on child labour, children and political violence, and childhood poverty – particularly in bringing together academics, practitioners and policymakers to develop effective models and methods for supporting children, their families and their communities in situations of adversity. Before joining Young Lives, Jo was Senior Research Officer at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. She has also worked for over 20 years as consultant on children’s issues to governments and international  organisations.