Dr Marjoke Oosterom

Post:Fellow (Institute of Development Studies)
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Marjoke Oosterom is a research fellow in the Power and Popular research cluster at IDS. She holds a PhD from IDS and has a background in comparative politics and development studies. Her research concentrates on how experiences of violence and conflict affect forms of agency, citizenship, and everyday politics and governance. Marjoke has developed specific expertise on how young people’s participate in politics through formal and informal channels, and how they respond to insecurity and violence in non-violent ways.

As a member of the Youth Research group at IDS, Marjoke has developed research projects on youth, citizenship and politics, which contributes to debates on the role of young men and women in (post)conflict environments. Her current research on youth extends to the politics of employment and informal labour, and how youth navigate the formal and informal rules and intermediaries that govern local economies.

Marjoke uses qualitative approaches and likes to use participatory, visual methods like Photo Voice. She has facilitated youth-led research, and in her research with young people she often uses creative methods such as storytelling, arts, and theatre.

Apart from research she has been involved in advisory services for policy makers and international NGOs working on democratic governance, citizen participation, and youth and peacebuilding. Most of her research is carried out in collaboration with civil society actors, in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Country experience: Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Nigeria, Myanmar