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Recent and ongoing projects as Researcher at Geography, University of Dundee include:

Anti-trafficking using Satellite Technology for Uganda’s Sustainability (Aug 2020–Mar 2021)

Displaced Communities, Environmental Degradation and Sustainable Livelihoods in Uganda (Aug 2020–Jul 2021)

Growing up on the Streets (legacy) – Story map developed with street youth and street workers in Harare, Zimbabwe: In the Shadow of a Pandemic: Harare's Street Youth Experience COVID-19 (https://arcg.is/1q4WvH) (Jun–Jul 2020).

Researcher and Co-Investigator, Growing up on the Streets Fellowship Programme: Building Capacity and Creating Influence. Three ECR academic Fellows from Ghana, Lesotho and Zimbabwe engaged in capacity building, data analysis and co-production of academic articles at University of Dundee Jan-Mar 2020; led on NVivo qualitative analysis training and ongoing role in developing papers (Jan–May 2020). Project Extension for continuing collaboration on publications (Aug 2020–Jul 2021).

Researcher for Growing up on the Streets. Growing up on the Streets was a longitudinal, ethnographic participatory research project taking place in three African cities, co-produced with street children/youth, the research design employed a capability (rather than vulnerability) approach to their lives. (Jan 2013 – Dec 2020).

Project roles and activities have included:


  • January 2017 – Growing up on the Streets won the University’s Stephen Fry Public Engagement Project of the Year Award.
  • December 2015 – Growing up on the Streets was awarded the 2016 Market Research Society’s President’s Medal in recognition of its extraordinary contribution to impact.
  • October 2014 – my Masters dissertation, ‘The Implementation of a Single Scottish Police Force: The View from the Beats’ was Highly Commended by the Howard League for Penal Reform’s John Sunley Prize.
  • March 2014 – Distinction, Masters in Research (Applied Social Research, University of Stirling).

Past University of Dundee research projects:

2013 – 2020: Growing up in the Streets.

2016 – 2017: Youth Transitions in Protracted Crises: Refugee Youth Experiences of Transitions to Adulthood in Uganda & Jordan.

2013: ‘Review of Trafficking of Human Beings (THB) Literature and Key Themes’ (literature review) as research assistant on the ‘Stop Traffic: Unweaving the Web of Online Human Trafficking’ project, funded by Scottish Crucible and led by Dr Jonathan Mendel at the University of Dundee.

2010 – 2012: Completed three projects with Professor Nicholas Fyfe at the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, including two evaluations into the community policing model in Fife, see: ‘Police and Community Perceptions of the Operation and Impact of the Community Engagement Model in Fife’ (March 2012).

In 2010, ‘An Analysis of Independent Custody Visiting in Scotland’, commissioned by the Independent Custody Visiting Association, included semi-structured interviews with volunteer custody visitors and assessed and compared visit numbers to those detained in police cells across Scotland. Independent custody visiting then became a statutory requirement under the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill 2012.

Recent Publications

Janine Hunter, Lorraine van Blerk, Wayne Shand. (2020). The influence of peer relationships on young people’s sexual health in Sub-Saharan African street contexts. Social Science & Medicine: 113285. In press (August 2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113285

Lorraine van Blerk, Wayne Shand & Janine Hunter. (2020). ‘Street citizenship’: informal processes of engaging youth as citizens through research and knowledge exchange in three African cities. Space and Polity. DOI: 10.1080/13562576.2020.1747937

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