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ISP'S Morten Skovdal gets LSE award for 'Outstanding academic performance'

The LSE has awarded Morten Skovdal the prestigious Robert McKenzie prize for 'outstanding academic performance' on his PhD thesis.

Morten's PhD was titled 'Young Carers in Western Kenya: Collective Struggles and Coping Strategies'. It approached children as social actors and not only documented the extraordinary coping abilities of children caring for parents and relatives affected by AIDS in some of the most remote and poor communities of East Africa, but also gave the children the space and resources to strengthen their coping strategies.

This work was conducted as part of Morten's on-going directorship of WVP Kenya , a local NGO supporting AIDS-affected communities in Western Kenya. Morten's PhD completion was celebrated at a recent end of term party in the ISP.