Research to build a post-pandemic world with children at its heart

A new research centre is being established at the University of Strathclyde, for the exploration of ways to ensure children's rights and wellbeing during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Inspiring Children’s Futures Doctoral Research Centre (DRC) draws together multi-disciplinary expertise from across the University, with the aim of informing and supporting the delivery of policies and services in the interests of children worldwide.

The Centre is offering three studentships through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (HaSS) and a further two in Economics, supported by Strathclyde Business School. The HaSS scholarships are being part-funded by a donation from businessman and Strathclyde alumnus Leslie Stretch.

The Executive Director of the Strathclyde-based Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures, Professor Jennifer Davidson OBE, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to work as part of a brilliant and passionate multidisciplinary team of people, to generate new knowledge to make the world a better place for children, and to work with others to apply that knowledge across policy and practice around the world, as we work toward a post-COVID recovery that keeps children at its heart—especially the children facing the greatest adversities."

The DRC has the support of OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), Pathfinders for Peace, Just and Inclusive Societies and the organisers of the World Congress on Justice with Children. OECD will be offering opportunities for DRC students to take placements at its headquarters in Paris from 2022.

Applications for the studentships are open until Friday 4 December.

The DRC is a partnership between four Strathclyde Departments – the Schools of Education, Law, and Social Work & Social Policy and the Department of Economics - along with four of the University’s research centres: the Children & Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ); the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS); the Centre for Sustainable Development, and the Fraser of Allander Institute