My research concentrates on young people’s situated encounters with development and change, privileging the perspectives of those who are rarely heard. My early research contributed to the recognition of, and the development of theoretical approaches to children and young people as agents in migration. This work is published in leading journals in Development Studies, Human Geography and Childhood & Youth studies and impacted policy discussions on children, youth and migration.
Next I developed the broader project of theoretically accounting for children and young people in relation to international development. Through the idea of ‘generationing development’ I have shown how concepts of age and generation are key to bridging work in the social studies of childhood and youth with critical development studies. The work was first introduced in a Special Issue of a leading Development Studies journal (co-edited) and developed further in a single-edited volume (Palgrave, 2016).
Currently I’m involved in two major international, comparative research projects. They both focus on young people’s orientation to the future and their pathways into social adulthood (one ESRC-DFID funded, one Canadian Insight Grant funded project). Next to this I am conducting research into young people’s engagement with mobile telephony in rural post-socialist Southeast Asia, shedding light on the intersection between being young and the post-socialist condition. Throughout, my research is characterised by an ethnographic orientation, which informs my writing, methodological choices, research ethics, approach to theory building and conceptualisation, as well as my teaching.
RBC (Roy) Huijsmans (2021) - Age-based Marketing Practices and Young People as Economic Actors in the Mobile Telephony Market in Provincial Vietnam - Makara Human Behavior Studies in Asia, 25 (1), 23-31 - doi: 10.7454/hubs.asia.1180820
Roy Huijsmans (2014) - Youthful Mobilities, Prosumer Capitalism and Belonging in the Rural Borderlands of Southeast Asia - CTC 2014: 'Being, Becoming and Belonging' (6th International Conference on Child and Teen Consumption)
Roy Huijsmans (2012) - Why do elderly care? Elderly mothers and adult daughters doing gendered age in transforming Southeast Asia - Paper presented at the Conference on Migration, (Social) Reproduction and Social Protection hosted by the University of East Anglia
Roy Huijsmans (2012) - Shifting Regimes of Wealth: Repositioning young people in transforming rural Southeast Asia - Paper presented at the Workshop on ‘Population Dynamics in East and Southeast Asia’, hosted by the British Academy and Royal Society
Roy Huijsmans (2011) - Acquiring knowledge of human trafficking in classrooms: some reflections drawing from the Dutch context - Regional Conference on Incorporating Human Trafficking in Academic Institutions: The European Experience
Roy Huijsmans (2011) - Teaching (Anti)Trafficking: Some reflections drawing on the Dutch context - Paper presented at the Conference ‘Incorporation Human trafficking in Academic Institutions: The European experience. A regional conference', org. by the Protection Project, Johns Hopkins Univ.
Roy Huijsmans (2011) - Lao Childhoods in Transition - Presentation at the 26th Annual conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK), Magdalene College
Roy Huijsmans, A Savirani, B Amin, Ben White, Suzanne Naafs & WM Minza (2011) - Youth and Generation: A Southeast Asian Perspective - Presentation at the 3rd Southeast Asia Update
Roy Huijsmans (2011) - (Not) Becoming a Young Migrant: Rural youth, households and networks
Roy Huijsmans (8 mei 2014) - 'Young people in Laos and research grants', interview with Roy Huijsmans by [Thessa Lageman] - Erasmus Magazine
Roy Huijsmans (2011) - Workshop On Householding In Transition: Emerging Dynamics In ‘Developing’ East And Southeast Asia - Workshop On Householding In Transition: Emerging Dynamics In ‘Developing’ East And Southeast Asia
Roy Huijsmans (2013) - Children's Geographies (Journal)
Roy Huijsmans (2013) - Palgrave handbook of Econometrics (Journal)
Roy Huijsmans (2014) - Jongeren en Mobiele Telefonie in Laos en Vietnam - Kindercollege, Wetenschapsknooppunt EUR
Roy Huijsmans, N Ansell & P Froerer (2021) - European Journal of Development Research (Journal)
SJTM Evers, S (Shanti) George, R Gigengack & Roy Huijsmans (2014) - European Journal of Development Research (Journal)