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Ariane De Lannoy

Senior Researcher: Poverty and Inequality Initiative, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town

Ariane De Lannoy is a sociologist and senior researcher, coordinating the work programme on Youth within the Poverty and Inequality Initiative. Ariane holds Masters degrees in languages and international politics from the Universities of Ghent and Antwerp (Belgium) and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Her research focuses on youth in rapidly changing urban environments, using Mixed Method and Qualitative approaches. She is especially interested in youth transitions and decision-making in the complex context of post-apartheid South Africa. In collaboration with Katherine S. Newman, current Provost at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA) she worked on After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa, an ethnographic study investigating the social experience and political expectations of men and women in their late twenties. In 2015, De Lannoy was the lead editor of the multidisciplinary Child Gauge, which focused on Youth and the Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty.


  • –present
    Dr of Sociology, University of Cape Town