Thaís de Carvalho

Thaís de Carvalho


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Key Research Interests and Expertise

My research aims to understand how Shipibo-Konibo children's experiences of childhood are affected by development projects in Peruvian Amazonia.

Key interests: Childhood, Latin America, child well-being, Indigenous peoples.


Academic Background

My academic background combines childhood studies and anthropology with a regional expertise in Latin America. I am currently looking at Shipibo children's experiences of childhood and the rise of child-sensitive social programmes in Peruvian Amazonia. I am interested in understanding the nexus between the political economy of childhood and sociocultural change, and particularly how this affects generational notions of child well-being.

I am currently pursuing a PhD in International Development funded by an UEA SSF studentship.  I also teach on topics connected to Childhood, Anthropology and Latin American development.

I hold a Masters (PUC-Rio, Brazil) and a BA (UFRJ, Brazil) in Social Communication, and a PGDip in Social Policy (CLACSO, Argentina). Before joining UEA, I also worked as a qualitative researcher at the International Centre for Research and Policy on Childhood (CIESPI/PUC-Rio). 

You can find me on Twitter and ResearchGate.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Philosophy, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

1 Mar 20153 May 2017

Award Date: 3 May 2017

Bachelor of Arts, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

9 Mar 200924 Jan 2014

External positions

Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck University of London

28 Sep 202131 Jan 2022

Consultant, Unicef - The United Nations Children's Fund

20 Jan 20201 Mar 2020

GCP Navigator, University College London

27 May 20197 Jun 2019