Karibu! I’m Sophie, a PhD student based in London. Last year I spent several months conducting fieldwork in Mwanza Region, Tanzania, and this blog documents some (hopefully amusing) anecdotes from the field, as well as other musings from PhD life. If you have any comments or queries please get in touch!


A bit more about me:

I studied Biological Anthropology as an undergraduate, and then spent time working in Monitoring and Evaluation for Camfed International, an NGO working to promote and support female education in Sub-Saharan Africa. From there I moved to London to begin an ESRC PhD studentship in Demography, based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Working with my supervisors David Lawson and Rebecca Sear, I am part of the Evolutionary Demography Group. My PhD combines perspectives from evolutionary anthropology, behavioural ecology, and demography to investigate the time allocation trade-offs between work and school for children living in Kisesa Ward, Tanzania. 

Outside of academia, I spend my time cycling and running round London, and indulging my love of cake. I run with GoodGym, which aims to turn the energy used in running into good, through helping local community projects, and visiting isolated elderly people. I have been involved with the Scout Association for over 10 years, and am currently a leader at a mixed Scout group in Peckham, London.


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