In her work as a human geographer, Andrea builds upon her specific interests in social and spatial (im)mobilities, imagined geographies, young people’s lives, international and forced migration, social theory and participative research methods.
In particular, she engages with the interdisciplinary debate about the social implications of enhanced levels of mobility by focusing on people’s experiences of education and work. She recently completed a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council which investigates what young people’s attempts to map out educational and occupational pathways reveal about their understanding of self and their role in wider society. At present, Andrea conducts research into the internationalisation of education and the imagined geographies related to this process. She is also interested in understanding processes of ‘othering’ and self-positioning in the context of forced migration and social integration.
Conferences and Publications
Kölbel, A. (forthcoming). A history of higher education in Nepal: From urban elitism to global aspirations. In Letchamanan, H. et al., eds. Education in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Islands. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.
Kölbel, A. (2016). Nepal’s educated non-elite: Re-evaluating state-provided higher education. In Shah M./ Whiteford G., eds. Bridges, Pathways and Transitions: International Innovations in Widening Participation. Oxford: Chandos Publishing/ Elsevier.
Kölbel, A. (2015). When the future is under debate: Rethinking transitions of youth. German Congress of Geography. Berlin. October 2, 2015.
Kölbel, A. (2015). Youth, Aspiration, and Mobility: Young people debating their potential futures in Nepal. Doctoral Thesis. University of Oxford.
Kölbel, A. (2013). (De)valuing higher education: educated youth, generational differences and a changing educational landscape in Kathmandu, Nepal. Comparative Education, 49(3): 331-343.
Kölbel, A. (2013). Unravelling young people's future aspirations. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference. London. August 30, 2013.
Kölbel, A. (2013). Nepal's change agents: educated youth and their involvements in the local labour market. Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya. Kathmandu. July 24, 2013.
Kölbel, A. (2013). Working students: negotiating career aspirations, social expectations and economic needs in Kathmandu. Britain-Nepal Academic Council Study Day. Edinburgh. April 19, 2013.
Kölbel, A. (2012). Reaching for abroad: students' aspirations and realities in Kathmandu, Nepal. International Conference on Geographies of Education. Loughborough. September 10, 2012.