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

Associate Professor Jane Dyson is a social geographer at the University of Melbourne. Since 2002, she 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 work is presented in her book 'Working Childhoods' (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and has published in geography and anthropology journals 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), and taught at the University of Washington and University of Oxford before moving to Melbourne.


  • 2016–present
    Associate professor, University of Melbourne