Research Title: Woman-Household Headship, Cash Transfers and Matrilineal Relations in the Kenya South Coast
Supervisor: Professor Henrietta Moore
Having read Anthropology as an undergraduate in Maseno University, Kenya, I studied Mphil in Social Anthropology in Cambridge where I investigated the emergence of cash transfers as a new 'welfare' intervention in Kenya. This sparked my interest in understanding the impact of cash transfers on gender relations, especially at the Kenya South Coast, a region with an history of transformed and constrained matrilineal organization, which I continued to pursue in my PhD. My research explores the economic lives of Digo women heading households in the Kenya South Coast; how they survive amidst transformed matrilineal relations. I am also exploring how cash transfers,as part of these women's economic lives, contribute to kin-making relations.
Kinship; Gender; Households; Economic Anthropology; Cash Transfers; Religion.