Kristen Cheney

Kristen Cheney Dr., PhD (ISS)

I am a senior lecturer in Children & Youth Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. I am a social scientist specializing in child- and youth-centered and participatory qualitative research methods. My geographical specialization is sub-Saharan Africa. My current research interests center on issues of AIDS orphanhood, the political economy of intercountry adoption and surrogacy, child protection and deinstitutionalization, and the impact of young people’s sexually explicit media exposure/usage on sexuality education and SRHR in developing-country contexts.

My work has been published in various disciplinary journals including AIDS Care, African Studies Review, Childhood, European Journal of Development Research, and International Social Work.  I am currently on the editorial board of the journal Childhood, a member of the CABA (Children Affected by AIDS) Working Group Netherlands, and ISS representative to the European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights (ENMCR) and Share-Net NL (Netherlands Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health and AIDS).