Friends in high places: Following young lives in the Indian Himalayas

Youth Research Centre Seminar Series 2016

Dr Jane Dyson, School of Geography, University of Melbourne

Facilitated by Professor Johanna Wyn, Director, Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Jane Dyson will present her ongoing research in a single village high in the Indian Himalayas. Since 2003, Jane has been working with a group of young people, as they moved from their teens into their twenties and thirties. The first youth to receive a full education, this generation offers key insights into the social, economic and political changes occurring so rapidly throughout the region. Jane uses education, work and marriage as lenses through which to make sense of these changes, and discusses the methodological benefits and challenges of longitudinal research.


Dr Jane Dyson

Jane Dyson is a Lecturer in the School of Geography, University of Melbourne. She has worked for over a decade in the high Himlayas in India examining gender, work, and social transformation from the perspective of social geography, cultural anthropology and development studies. Her book, Working Childhoods (Cambridge University Press, 2014) draws on this research. She received her doctorate from the University of Cambridge, before teaching at the University of Washington and the University of Oxford.