Franziska Fay is a social anthropologist with a focus on children and youth, religion, international development and Swahili linguistics. She was trained at SOAS, London and works in Zanzibar and Oman.
She is a 2017-2021 postdoctoral fellow at the Cluster of Excellence 'Normative Orders' at Frankfurt University, Germany.
Fay speaks and works in Swahili, English and German.
Fay is interested in child protection, aid, religious education, political Islam, and youth belonging across the Indian Ocean World. More specifically she works on how children and young people can be better protected from different forms of violence in their communities, on how to improve international development programmes that aim to contribute to this, on the reform movements that are happening in the Islamic education sector, on understanding the politicization of Islam in East Africa, and on learning from Swahili-speaking youth about their strategies of belonging and future-making.
Her interest in processes that concern and shape young people’s lives - particularly from their own perspectives - shapes her methodological approaches and has left herworking largely with child-led and child-centred, 'participatory', visual/izing research tools like photography, drawing, poetry and story telling.
She has worked with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and Save the Children in Germany, Malawi, and Zanzibar, and with The Risk Advisory Group and GEMS Education Solutions in the UK.