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Associate Professor in Social Geography & Development Geography, The University of Melbourne

Since 2002, Dr Jane Dyson has conducted ethnographic research in the Indian Himalayas examining gender, work, and social transformation from the perspective of social geography, cultural anthropology and development studies. Jane's doctoral work explored children’s everyday work relations in Uttarakhand, India and is presented in her book, Working Childhoods (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Since then, she has followed the same cohort of young people through three projects: a UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project at University of Oxford examining the politics of educated, unemployed youth in South Asia; an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project at the University of Melbourne on everyday youth prefigurative politics in India; and a new ARC Discovery Project (starting 2020) on youth, liberalism and political practice in India. From this work, Jane has published in geography and anthropology on issues including education, employment, love, and cultural and political practice. She has also directed and produced two award-winning ethnographic films: Lifelines (2014, and Spirit (2019, Jane received her doctorate from the University of Cambridge (2006) before teaching at the University of Washington and University of Oxford, where she also worked as Research Associate at the School of Geography and the Environment on projects related to youth and gender in India and the UK.


  • –present
    Senior lecturer, University of Melbourne