Emma Abotsi

I am currently completing my doctoral research at the Department of Education, Oxford. My research examines education, personal development, social mobility and aspirations among transnational Ghanaians in Ghana.

The study uses ethnographic data with transnational Ghanaian families and young professionals to explore how their educational and social experiences in Ghana shape their lives in different social fields and their future aspirations.

Prior to joining the Department of Education, I worked in the arts and heritage sector and for not-for-profit organisations. I studied for an MSc in Education: Research, Design and Methodology from the University of Oxford, an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and a BA (Hons) in Photography from Camberwell College of Arts, London.


Title of thesis
Better off back home?: Education, career trajectories and the reconfiguration of transnational livelihoods among the Ghanaian diaspora in Ghana (working title)

Dr David Mills and Dr David Pratten

Research interests
Anthropology of Education; Transnational Families; Return Migration; African Studies


  • Research student

College affiliation

  • Worcester College

Research groups

  • Comparative and International Education