SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Caitlin Sturridge

MSc Migration, Mobility & Development (SOAS), MA(Hons) Spanish & French (Edinburgh)
  • Teaching
  • Research

Overview

Caitlin Sturridge
Research and Evidence Facility

Research Coordinator

Migration, Mobility and Development Research Cluster

Member

Name:
Caitlin Sturridge
Email address:
Thesis title:
How can changing rural-urban livelihoods build households’ capacity to adapt to growing resource scarcity? A political ecology of mobility and translocality in Laikipia, Kenya (working title).
Year of Study:
3
Internal Supervisors

Biography

Caitlin has over ten years’ humanitarian and development experience working for think tanks, governments, the UN, NGOs and the private sector in the UK, East Africa and Latin America. She is part of the Research and Evidence Facility (REF), an innovative consortium that conducts research on migration, conflict and instability in the Horn of Africa. She completed her MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development at SOAS in 2010 and is currently researching the links between mobility, livelihoods and the environment for her PhD at SOAS.

PhD Research

In a context of climate change, migration is increasingly recognised as a strategy for adapting to environmental change. While there are legitimate grounds for a cautious promotion of mobility as adaptation, there are also concerns that ideologically and politically driven optimism rather than evidence is driving the terms of this debate.

In this context, I combine fieldwork with a critical political ecology to test the relationship between mobility, environment and adaptation in the context of Laikipia County, Kenya. In doing so, I focus on rural-urban livelihoods, defined as the multiple ways in which households make a collective living by drawing on a range of activities and people dispersed across rural and urban locations. Mobility and translocality are key features of rural-urban livelihoods, without which households would be unable to engage in rural-urban livelihoods in the first place or maintain them in the long run.

My research is concerned with how and why rural-urban livelihoods are changing as a result of natural resource scarcity (among other factors) as well as the wider implications for households’ capacity to adapt. At the same time, I want to understand the ways in which these adaptations are altering livelihoods and lifestyles, and with what consequences for wider social relations and society.

Publications

  • Hammond and Sturridge (2020). ‘Comprehensive Refugee Responses in the Horn of Africa: Regional Leadership on Education, Livelihoods and Durable Solutions.’ London and Nairobi: EU Trust Fund for Africa (Horn of Africa Window) Research and Evidence Facility
  • Bakewell, Gezahegne & Sturridge (2019). ‘Migration and Migration Management in Metema, Ethiopia,’ London and Nairobi: EU Trust Fund for Africa (Horn of Africa Window) Research and Evidence Facility.
  • Bakewell and Sturridge (2019). ‘The Impact of Youth Training and Employment on Migration Dynamics in the Horn of Africa,’ London and Nairobi: EU Trust Fund for Africa (Horn of Africa Window) Research and Evidence Facility.
    Sturridge, Bakewell & Hammond (2018). ‘Return and (Re)Integration After Displacement: Belonging, Labelling and Livelihoods in Three Urban Cities,’ London and Nairobi: EU Trust Fund for Africa (Horn of Africa Window) Research and Evidence Facility.
  • Sturridge, Bakewell & Hammond (2017). ‘Migration between the Horn of Africa and Yemen: A Study of Puntland, Djibouti and Yemen,’ London and Nairobi: EU Trust Fund for Africa (Horn of Africa Window) Research and Evidence Facility.
  • Sturridge (2011): ‘Mobility and Durable Solutions: A Case Study of Afghan and Somali Refugees,’ Geneva: UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research, Research Paper No. 204.

Affiliations

  • The Research and Evidence Facility (REF)
  • The Centre for Training and Integrated Research in ASAL Development (CETRAD)

Teaching

  • Guest lecturer for SOAS MSc Migration, Mobility and Development: Migration, Urbanisation and the City (2018).

Research

  • Migration and mobility
  • Displacement
  • Environmental change
  • Livelihoods
  • Horn of Africa