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Nathan Salvidge

  • Undergraduate teaching: Nature, Society and Imaginaries of Degrowth (Module Convener), Geography and Environmental Science Field Class, Geography and Environmental Science Dissertation.
  • GES Director for Academic Tutoring.

Areas of interest

  • Precarious urban livelihoods 
  • Urban spaces 
  • Spatial and temporal livelihood mobilities 
  • Digital technologies
  • Geographies of youth
  • Mobile GPS 




Nathan is a human geographer focusing on the relationship between youth, cities and precarious livelihoods. In particular, he is interested in young people’s spatial and temporal livelihood mobilities in increasingly complex and challenging urban environments. To date, he has undertaken in-depth ethnographic research in Arusha and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for one year with 51 participants (37 youth participants (aged 15-35) and 14 key stakeholders). Several methods were used, including participant observations, mobile phone-based GPS tracking, life-mapping interviews and timeline diagrams, participatory video, focus groups and semi-structured interviews.

Concerning publications, Nathan’s recent work has made important methodological contributions, exploring how mobile GPS technology can develop rounded insights into young people’s spatial livelihood mobilities in and across urban spaces. Nathan is currently working on papers that will make substantial empirical, conceptual and theoretical contributions to understanding young people’s complex and diverse urban informal livelihoods. In addition, Nathan has written reports and a brief for policy and practice for key stakeholders in Tanzania.

You can connect with Nathan on Twitter and LinkedIn

Academic qualifications

Nathan holds an Associate Fellowship of Advance HE.

Nathan completed his PhD at the University of Reading in 2022. Nathan’s PhD entitled ‘Analysing the lives and livelihoods of young informal vendors in urban Tanzania’, explored young vendors’ complex, diverse and interconnected spatial and temporal livelihood mobilities.


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