Tatek Abebe

Associate Professor Norwegian Centre for Child Research (NOSEB)

+47 73596247 +47 41554327
Dragvoll, Loholt allé 87, Paviljong C * 119

Background and activities

I'm a social geographer interested in and teaching and researching about children, youth and the structural transformation of their local environments in Africa.
I hold BA in Geography from Addis Ababa University, MPhil in Development Studies and PhD in Human Geography from NTNU. I'm Programme Leader of MPhil in Childhood Studies, teaching courses like Children and Development in the Global South (BARN 3300), Methods and Ethics in Childhood Studies (BARN 3201).  
My research focuses on the generational, spatial and temporal dimensions of young people’s lives. My work intersects youth studies and development studies looking at the ways in which political economic processes transform and are transformed by the livelihood practices of young people. In 2016, I undertook fieldwork supported by The Institute for Comparative Research in Human Culture on labour, mobility and material realities of post-socialist youth, complementing my decade long research with children and families found on the margins of society and political economy in Ethiopia.
I'm Director of Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa’s (CODESRIA) 2016 Child and Youth Institute that engages with the theme of African Futures and the Futures of Childhood in Africa. I also lead Nordic Network of African Children and Youth Research funded by NordForsk. My upcoming project (2017-2018), financed by Nordic Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, involves a series of international seminars to theorize Children’s Migration in Historical and Cross-cultural Perspectives.
I'm on the editorial boards of Children’s Geographies, Childhood, and Fennia: International Journal of Geography.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Books

  • Abebe, Tatek; Kjørholt, Anne Trine. (2013) Childhood and Local Knowledge in Ethiopia: Livelihoods, Rights and Intergenerational Relationships. Akademika forlag. 2013. ISBN 9788251928533.

Part of book/report

  • Abebe, Tatek; Tefera, Tamirat. (2014) Earning Rights - Discourses on Childrens Rights and Proper Childhood in Ethiopia. Childrens Lives in an Era of Childrens Rights The Progress of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Africa.
  • Abebe, Tatek. (2013) Interdependent Rights and Agency: Children's Role in Collective Livelihood Strategies in Rural Ethiopia. Reconceptualizing Children's Rights in International Development: Living Rights, Social Justice and Translations.
  • Abebe, Tatek; Gizaw, Shumete; Mekonnen, Teferi; Baudouin, Axel. (2013) Migrant children’s portfolio of street-based livelihoods in urban Ethiopia. Childhood and Local Knowledge in Ethiopia: Livelihoods, Rights and Intergenerational Relationships.
  • Abebe, Tatek; Kjørholt, Anne Trine. (2013) Children, Intergenerational Relationships and Local Knowledge in Ethiopia. Childhood and Local Knowledge in Ethiopia: Livelihoods, Rights and Intergenerational Relationships.
  • Ali, Mohammed; Desalegn, Fikre; Abebe, Tatek. (2013) Children’s Knowledge of Local Food Sources and Habits in Southwestern Ethiopia. Childhood and Local Knowledge in Ethiopia: Livelihoods, Rights and Intergenerational Relationships.
  • Beyene, Tizita Abate; Abebe, Tatek. (2013) The Socio-economic Roles of Children in Ethiopian Periodic Markets. Childhood and Local Knowledge in Ethiopia: Livelihoods, Rights and Intergenerational Relationships.
  • Tefera, Tamirat; Abebe, Tatek; Elefachew, Tibebu. (2013) Childhood and Parenting Practices in Dilla Town. Childhood and Local Knowledge in Ethiopia: Livelihoods, Rights and Intergenerational Relationships.
  • Abebe, Tatek. (2012) Orphanhood, Poverty and the Channenges of Care - Review of Global Policy Trends. Orphan Care: A Comparative View.
  • Abebe, Tatek. (2011) Gendered work and schooling in rural Ethiopia: Exploring working children's perspectives. Not Just a Victim: The Child as Catalyst and Witness of Contemporary Africa.
  • Abebe, Tatek. (2010) Sik'älla as a Way of Life: Begging, Poverty and the Livelihood Paths of Child Beggars in Addis Ababa. Research in Ethiopian Studies: Selected papers of the 16th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, Trondheim July 2007, Aethiopistische Forschungen Vol. 72.
  • Abebe, Tatek. (2008) Changing Livelihoods, Changing Childhoods: Patterns of Children's Work in Rural Southern Ethiopia. Global Childhoods: Globalization, Development and Young People.

Report/dissertation