Professor Jo Boyden

Director, Young Lives

Jo BoydenJo Boyden has been Director of Young Lives since 2005. She has a PhD in Anthropology and a BSc in Social Anthropology from the University of London. Her research has mainly focused on child labour, children and political violence, and childhood poverty – particularly in bringing together academics, practitioners and policymakers to develop effective models and methods for supporting children, their families and their communities in situations of adversity. Before joining Young Lives, Jo was Senior Research Officer at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. She has also worked for over 20 years as consultant on children’s issues to many governments and international and national organisations.

Jo is President of the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE) for 2011-12.

Selected publications
Boyden, Jo and Gina Crivello (forthcoming, 2011) ‘Growing up in Poverty: Politics and Perception as Mediators of Childhood Risk: The Case of Andhra Pradesh’ in Michael Bourdillion and Jo Boyden (eds.) Growing Up in Poverty: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Childhood Poverty, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Boyden, Jo (2009) ‘Risk and Capability in the Context of Adversity: Children’s Contributions to Household Livelihoods in Ethiopia’, Children, Youth and Environments 19.2: 111–37

Boyden, Jo and Elizabeth Cooper (2007) Are Children Up to the Task of Disrupting the Transmission of Poverty?, Working Paper 73, Manchester: Chronic Poverty Research Centre 

Boyden, Jo and Gillian Mann (2006) 'Risk and Resilience in Children Affected by Armed Conflict and Forced Migration' in Michael Ungar (ed.) Pathways to Resilience, London: Sage Publications

Boyden, Jo, C. Eyber, T. Feeny and C. Scott (2004) Child Poverty, Perspectives from Belarus, Bolivia, Sierra Leone, India and Kenya, Virginia, USA: Christian Children's Fund

Boyden, Jo, William Myers and Birgitta Ling (1998) What Works for Working Children?, Stockholm: Rädda Barnen

Boyden, Jo and Judith Ennew (1997) Children in Focus: A Manual on Child-centred Participatory Research, Stockholm: Rädda Barnen

We need to end child poverty in order to break the cycle of poverty.