Professor John Davis



Personal statement

Professor John M Davis is a Professor of Education at the University of Strathclyde.  John previously worked at the University of Edinburgh as director of the BA in Childhood Studies, Head of Department of Educational Studies and subsequently, Professor of Childhood Inclusion.  He has also been chair of the Childhood Practice development group which develop the innovative qualification for managers/leaders of early learning, out of school, childminding, family support and related services. His research focuses on childhood, disability, inclusion and social justice and seeks to support children, young people, parents and professionals to develop creative and innovative solutions to their life issues.  John’s research has utilized participatory childhood research methods to support children and young people to gain recognition for their perspectives concerning inclusion, social justice and integrated working. His collaborative knowledge exchange projects have supported children, families and professionals to develop contemporary, innovative and inclusive children’s services. His work has also examined international approaches to multi-professional working and increased our understanding of the factors that foster creative and innovative learning. 














John M Davis
Professor of Education
School of Education
University of Strathclyde
Toom 525, Level 5
Lord Hope Building1
41 St James Road
G4 0LT


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Critical Childhood Studies : Global Perspectives
Tisdall Kay, Davis John, Fry Deborah, Konstantoni Kristina, Kustatscher Marlies, Maternowska Catherine, Weiner Laura
Understanding paths and options for youth citizenship and social justice
Odera Erica L, Davis John, Brennan Mark, Dolan Pat
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice Vol 17, pp. 224-234 (2022)
'Why am I in all of these pictures?' From Learning Stories to Lived Stories : the politics of children's participation rights in documentation practices
Blaisdell Caralyn, McNair Lynn J, Addison Luke, Davis John M
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, pp. 1-14 (2021)
Acts of pedagogical resistance : marking out an ethical boundary against human technologies
McNair Lynn J, Blaisdell Caralyn, Davis John M, Addison Luke J
Policy Futures in Education Vol 19, pp. 478-492 (2021)
Creativity in primary schools : an analysis of a teacher's attempt to foster childhood creativity within the context of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence
Kyritsi Krystallia, Davis John M
Improving Schools Vol 24, pp. 47-61 (2021)
Towards a more participatory fulfilment of young children's rights in early learning settings : unpacking universalist ideals in India, Scotland and the EU
Blaisdell Caralyn, Davis John M, Aruldoss Vinnarasan, McNair Lynn
The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Rights (2019) (2019)

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Professional Activities

TLC Network: Trauma and Disability

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Co-creating transdisciplinary environmental solutions with children and young people
Wang, Yuchen (Principal Investigator) Davis, John (Co-investigator) Mevawalla, Zinnia (Co-investigator) Martinez-Lejarreta, Loreain (Researcher) Ross, Kirsty (Co-investigator) Somorin, Tosin (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator) Liggat, John (Co-investigator) Mckendry, Stephanie (Co-investigator) Mitchell, Richard (Co-investigator) Smithx, Cowboy (Co-investigator) Cairns, Liam (Co-investigator) Phillips, Alexandra Lort (Co-investigator) McGroarty, John Paul (Co-investigator) Walters, Hannah (Co-investigator)
The project, funded by NERC Discipline Hopping grant (approx. £14,000), aims to develop an interest group through snowballing to establish an internal network and shape the vision and framework of a Strathclyde-based Hub on children and young people's leadership role in sustainable environmental solutions. The intended outcomes are: extended transdisciplinary networks to enable Strathclyde-led research, KE and CDTs development; increased capacity in Strathclyde’s community on working with children and young people as agents of change.
03-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022

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Professor John Davis

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