Childhood and Youth Studies

We aim to make a transformative contribution to realising children and young people’s human rights by undertaking and promoting inter-disciplinary research, teaching, policy and practice.


As a group we:

  • work collaboratively and encourage dialogue within and across disciplines and sectors in research-related activities involving children and young people
  • work with a social justice agenda to recognise children and young people’s rights, across local and international contexts, and to value diversity and challenge inequality
  • intentionally amplify and extend existing opportunities and synergies across research, policy and practice contexts to progress children and young people’s meaningful participation and human rights

Associated networks, groups and centres

The Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group is a constellation of research specialities, including the associated networks, groups and centres:


We are involved with teaching at all levels, with a focus on early childhood, children and young people’s human rights, and youth studies.


The specific programmes we are connected to are:

Want to do a PhD with us?

Information about postgraduate studies, including potential researchers' availability and areas of research interest, can be found on our Postgraduate Research Degrees pages.

Information about applying to do a PhD 


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Learn more about our research group's members.

Research and knowledge exchange

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Our current research projects and how our work is influencing policy and practice.


Details of Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group events.

Blog and events

The Group contributes to blogs and the Children and Young People Thematic Hub's X feed. 

The Group organises events, webinars, writing retreats and reading groups, through the Children and Young People's Thematic Hub (CYP Hub). These are open to all. If you are interested, please contact Kirsty Shand to be added to our regular email list of the CYP Hub.

Contact Kirsty Shand 

Interested in working with us?

Please get in touch with Professor Kay Tisdall.

Contact Professor Kay Tisdall

Want to know more?

Please contact the Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group if you would like to be added to its email list.

Contact CYSRG 

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