Background and activities

I am convenor of postgraduate programs, namely MPhil in Childhood Studies and Ph.D. in Education specializing in Interdisciplinary Child Research. My teaching, research, and publications intersect childhood/youth studies and development studies with an emphasis on how young people are affected by and contribute to the transformation of the socio-cultural and political-economic environments they inhabit. I have conducted longitudinal ethnographic and participatory research on precarious childhoods and youth in Ethiopia and worked on a range of topics in diverse African contexts.

Currently, I lead a project financed by the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (2019-2024) to facilitate research, teaching, and capacity-building activities on the connections between childhood, culture, and sustainable development. I am also involved in two significant writing projects, coediting the Routledge Handbook of Childhood and Global Development and a themed issue of Childhood on southern theories and global childhood studies. 

I am a member of the research group on Critical Childhood and Youth Studies and serve as an editorial board member of ChildhoodChildren’s Geographies; and Fennia: International Journal of Geography.

Previous funded projects:

  • PI for research on the livelihood strategies of AIDS-affected children and families (RCN, 2004-2008); Nordic Network of African Childhoods and Youth Research (NordForsk, 2011-2016); and Children’s Migration in Historical and Cross-cultural Perspectives (NOS-HS, 2017-2020).
  • Co-PI in interdisciplinary research consortiums focusing on childhood and local knowledge in Ethiopia and Zambia (NUFU, 2007-2012) and young people, environment, and urban development (UN-Habitat, 2012-2013).
  • Director of the Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa’s (CODESRIA) Child and Youth Institute: African Futures and Futures of Childhood in Africa (CODESRIA, 2017).

Scientific, academic and artistic work

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Books

  • Sørenssen, Ingvild Kvale; Abebe, Tatek; Ursin, Marit. (2021) Barndomsstudier i norsk kontekst : Tverrfaglige tilnærminger. Gyldendal Akademisk. 2021. ISBN 9788205519213.
  • Abebe, Tatek; Waters, Johanna; Skelton, Tracey. (2017) Laboring and Learning. Springer. 2017. ISBN 978-981-287-031-5. Geographies of Children and Young People (.).
  • 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. (2021) Rekonseptualisering av "Aktorskap" i Barndomsstudier. Barndomsstudier i norsk kontekst : Tverrfaglige tilnærminger.
  • Abebe, Tatek; Ursin, Marit; Sørenssen, Ingvild Kvale. (2021) Barndomsstudier i Norge: Historien, konteksten og hvor vi er i dag. Barndomsstudier i norsk kontekst : Tverrfaglige tilnærminger.
  • Ursin, Marit; Sørenssen, Ingvild Kvale; Abebe, Tatek. (2021) Tverrfaglige barndomsstudier: Hvor er vi, og hvor går vi?. Barndomsstudier i norsk kontekst : Tverrfaglige tilnærminger.
  • Abebe, Tatek. (2020) AIDS Orphans. The Sage Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies.
  • Abebe, Tatek. (2020) ETHIOPIA. Teens Lives Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia.
  • Abebe, Tatek; Waters, Johanna. (2017) Geographies of Laboring and Learning: Introduction. Laboring and Learning..
  • Ursin, Marit; Abebe, Tatek. (2017) Young People’s Marginal Livelihoods and Social Transitions in Urban Brazil: Tale of Four Lives. Laboring and Learning..
  • Abebe, Tatek. (2016) Political economy of children’s work: economic restructuring, the coffee trade and social reproduction in post-Socialist Ethiopia. Geographies of Global Issues: Change and Threat.
  • Abebe, Tatek. (2015) Reframing children's contributions to household livelihoods in Ethiopia through a political-economy perspective. Children's Work and Labour in East Africa. Social Context and Implications for Policy.
  • 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