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I am Professor of Childhood Studies and Director of Research in the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield.

My research is committed to improving the lives of children, their families’ and communities using methodologies which value children's expertise. My publications contribute to understandings of childhood inequalities, critical arts-based research methodologies and research ethics.

I currently lead a multidisciplinary participatory action research project (CHiLL, Nuffield, £348,000, 2022-2024 with Prof Barry Percy-Smith and international and national academic and policy stakeholders. I previously led an EU funded project (CyGen, €266,000, 2017-2019) with global partners in Denmark, Greece and Belgium and was PI for a British Academy  (£10,000, 2021-2022) funded research project (with Dr Kate Smith as Co-I) researching inclusively with children in order to hearing directly from them about the impacts of the pandemic on their everyday lives, education and relationships. I was co-investigator for the UKRI funded Pollinators project (£601,000, 2017-2020) a multidisciplinary collaboration with ecologists and social scientists and partners in ecology, agriculture and heritage.

I supervise PhD students on topics including digital literacy, parenting, poverty and social exclusion and welcome applications from postgraduates interested in children and young people's inclusion and voice.  

I lead postgraduate modules on data collection and analysis and have developed international postgraduate training (ESRC 2014-17) in creative and visual methods and research ethics. My undergraduate teaching is focused on understanding contemporary childhoods, researching ethically with children, childhood wellbeing and equality.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Northampton

2017 → …

Convenor - Visual sociology study group, The British Sociological Association

2015 → …

Peer review college, Economic & Social Research Council

2010 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Moral Philosophy
  • Pandemics
  • Experience
  • Methodology


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