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  • Dr Jennifer Diggins

    Senior Lecturer in Social/Cultural Anthropology

    Department of Social Sciences

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Jennifer Diggins

    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 484011



    Jennifer Diggins joined Oxford Brookes in 2015 from the University of Sussex, where she had graduated with a PhD in Social Anthropology the previous year. Her ethnographic research focuses on fishing communities in coastal Sierra Leone.  Jennifer's work explores how intimate social relationships  have been shaped through histories of migration and economic change, and asks how fishermen and women struggle to navigate precarious livelihoods through contexts of extreme poverty, insecurity, and environmental decline.

    KEY WORDS:  West Africa, Livelihoods, Fishing, Gender, Economic Anthropology, Maternal Health, Ebola