Jahan Foster

PhD candidate in Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Birkbeck , 2018 to 2021

Jahan is a PhD candidate in Geography, Environment and Development Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her research examines the social reproduction strategies of Latin American transnational families living in London, with a view to understanding how the work of social reproduction is organised around inequalities of class, race, gender and migration status. The research is situated within a wider context of austerity politics and the impact of austerity on migrant families and migrant children. Jahan’s research engages with feminist geographies and adopts a feminist political economy approach in order to develop perspectives on transnational childhoods and social reproduction. Her methodological techniques will include interviews, focus groups and ethnographic observations.


Jahan completed her BA in Politics and French from University of Bristol in 2013, during which she spent a year living in Paris studying Political Science at Université Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne. She received her MSc in Children, Youth and International Development from Birkbeck College in 2017 and has since been working as a research assistant with an independent health charity. Her broad research interests are transnationalism, gender studies, and geographies of children, with a focus on the intersections of gender, race and class. Outside of  academic studies, Jahan plays in a south London netball league, and has been learning Urdu for the last 6 months.