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About the Centre for Children and Childhood Studies

Centre Coordinators:  Dr Allison Boggis, Dr Sarah Richards, Dr Sarah Coombs, Jessica Clark, Kelly-Marie Taylor and Emily Teague

The Centre for Children and Childhood Studies (CCCS) is devoted to the exploration and research of children and childhoods. It is an interdisciplinary centre that acts as a catalyst and facilitator for research, education and training, policy development, media engagement and community awareness.

Founded in 2012 as the Unit for the Study of Childhood and Youth (USCY) the Centre provides a focal point for the interdisciplinary study of children and childhood at regional, national and international contexts. The Centre is based upon the successful and high profile work of interdisciplinary academics across the University and our ambition is to build upon the successful International Childhoods Conference (2013, 2015, and 2017), the online journal Childhood Remixed, and a growing community of post-graduate and doctoral students.

The Centre is a lively and collaborative space for bringing together established academics, early career researchers, policy makers, students, and the wider community through conferences, exhibitions, funded research, teaching and learning events, continuing professional development and scholarly publications. The centre contributes to regional development through engagement with local communities, including funded research endeavours and continuing professional development opportunities. The aim is to extend theoretical, ethical, and methodological conversations into new territories that can inform contemporary practice, policy and academic debate. The centre aims to bring together the diverse disciplines that explore children’s lives, including sociology, health studies, disability studies, social policy, education, anthropology, and psychology.

CCCS has four primary aims:

  • To further research with children and in childhoods;
  • To provide education and training for undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and practitioners;
  • To enhance social policy understanding;
  • To encourage community engagement.

Locally and nationally, research and teaching links are being forged with health professionals, educationalists, local government, charities, business and the media. Internationally, we are aiming for collaborative research projects, involving Visiting Professors and researchers.

Objectives

The objectives for the Centre for Children and Childhood Studies:

  • To create a vibrant space for knowledge sharing and evaluation
  • To celebrate the interdisciplinary nature of research in childhood and with children
  • To build effective partnerships and networks in the field of childhood research, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • To provide high-quality and responsive continuing professional development
  • To provide a forum in which funded research can be developed collaboratively by academics from diverse schools
  • To promote and evaluate participatory research with children
  • To continue to provide space to enhance the thriving post graduate community

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