Children, young people & familiesAbout us

While active researchers in the social sciences, many of us with a background in practice and policy, we use creative and participatory research approaches to explore themes and questions embedded in broader historical, social and cultural contexts.

We are an inter-disciplinary team of academics and researchers from all career stages and our research students are an important part of our community. We both lead and participate in national and international networks and communities of practice.

Centered around issues of social justice and equity, our research and consultancy work uses multi-disciplinary approaches to examine the processes of social change and transformation to develop collaborative forms of community engagement.

Our research topics are many and varied, but we all share a passion for children and young people’s rights.

We want children and young people to be respected and recognised as active citizens and contributors to their communities.

Our work connects to broader concerns in the social sciences, as we think critically about systems which support children, young people and families to flourish and how to improve these systems. We bring together sociological and rights-based perspectives to identify solutions to everyday barriers young people face.

As researchers, we are also interested in making participation in research accessible and rewarding for children and young people. To this extent, we use qualitative and creative approaches, such as art-based methods and mobile technologies in addition to quantitative and mixed methods approaches.

Have a look at what we do to get a flavour of our work.