Details of Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group events.
Ongoing virtual activities
Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group members and our colleagues are facilitating a range of virtual activities, including daytime and evening writing retreats and reading groups, open to all. If you are interested, please email our CYS Research Group for more information.
- Time: 13:30-16:00 (UK time)
- Venue: Charteris Land 5.11 (Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh) and Zoom
**Login details will be available upon completion of your registration.**
You are warmly invited to join the CYP Thematic Hub research and social Winter Festive Event! This is an opportunity for us to come together to share our research and have informal discussions with colleagues about their areas of work. You are all invited to give a brief presentation about new or current areas of research ─ 3-5 mins presentation only! PGR students are particularly encouraged to present. There will also be an opportunity for social activity and prize for best festive jumper/hat!
Please email Dr Tracy Stewart by Friday 10th November if you would like to give a brief presentation.
This session will be in a hybrid format. Please register on Eventbrite to confirm if you prefer to join us in-person or on Zoom.
The Children and Young People Thematic Hub is running three themed Seminar Series in the 2022-23 academic year. The themes are:
- Child and Youth Activism (September to December 2022)
Health and Mental Wellbeing of Children and Young People (January to April 2023)
Research, Policy and Practice on Education with Children & Young People (May to August 2023)
Seminar Series on Child and Youth Activism
Please find below Semester 1 events themed on Child and Youth Activism for your calendars.
12 Oct 2022
|Dr Sarah Ward, Lecturer in Learning in Communities at MHSES, University of Edinburgh|
15 Nov 2022
|Laura Weiner, PhD researcher at MHSES, University of Edinburgh|
Seminar Series on Health and Mental Wellbeing of Children and Young People
Please find below Semester 2 events themed on health and mental wellbeing of children and young people for your calendars.
18 May 2023
31 May 2023
SJL 4.22 & Zoom
27 Jun 2023
Time: 14.30-16.00 (UK time)
Venue: George Square Campus, University of Edinburgh (Room to be announced)
Professor Genevieve Dingle visits the University of Edinburgh to share her research on social prescribing in Australia, including sharing snap shots from several arts on prescription projects. This in-person event will also include a panel discussion with speakers Dr Katey Warran & Dr Laura Wright, including exploring their recent Dance/Connect study which explored if and how online dance classes may support young people.
Professor Dingle's talk will explore findings from the first controlled trial of social prescribing for adults experiencing loneliness in the community in Australia. The study included 63 in the social prescribing condition and 51 in the GP treatment as usual condition. Among social programs that participants were referred to, arts, crafts and games were the most common. Professor Dingle will also present snap shots from several arts on prescription programs she has evaluated, including:
- an arts and health program for young adults in hospital;
- choir singing to address loneliness and wellbeing in international university students during COVID-19;
- choir and creative writing programs for adults experiencing chronic mental health conditions; and
- a choir for people with people with dementia and their carers.
Genevieve Dingle is a registered clinical psychologist and Professor at the School of Psychology, University of Queensland. Her research focuses on how groups and communities influence mental health. She leads two longitudinal studies of social prescribing for community dwelling adults experiencing loneliness and is co-investigator on an NHMRC funded RCT of the Groups 4 Belonging program which addresses loneliness among adults recovering from substance use disorders. Genevieve is also researching the effectiveness of arts based groups such as choir singing for cognitive health and mental health of adults across the lifespan.
This event will take place in person at the University of Edinburgh (central campus). Room to be announced.
Hosted by the Arts Play Health Community in partnership with the University of Edinburgh's Children and Young People Hub and Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia (ECRED).
- Time: 13:30-15:30 (UK time)
- Venue: Zoom
Childhood Studies is an ever-growing field, with very practical implications intersecting with theoretical considerations. We will discuss the latest and future developments, with leading childhood studies scholars Sarada Balagopalan (Rutgers Camden University), Irene Rizzini (PUC-Rio and International Centre for Research and Policy on Childhood), Spyros Spyrou (European University Cyprus) and Michael Wyness (Warwick University).
We discussed our latest book Critical Childhood Studies: Global Perspectives, authored by Kay Tisdall, John Davis, Debi Fry, Kristina Konstantoni, Marlies Kustatscher, Kati Maternowska and Laura Weiner. This book provides an advanced, accessible text for Childhood Studies, introducing key concepts and drawing on a range of disciplines. Each section includes commentaries from international experts based in Australia, Brazil, the UK, the USA and Zimbabwe. The book contains a range of pedagogical features, from guiding questions to group activities, with further online resources.
In this event, we discussed the state of Childhood Studies with the authors, critical commentators and our panel of Childhood Studies’ experts. Find out more details on the book.
- Time: 12:30-14:00 (UK time)
- Venue: Charteris Land 5.11 and on Zoom
Come along and hear about the fantastic activities the hub has to offer! In response to the demand for research methodology support, this first event of the year will give us space to talk about the research methods we use, network so we can find out expertise of others, and share resources and guidance. This will be the first step to develop the CYP hub compendium of research methods so come along, share, and learn from each other!
An online option on Zoom is also available.
Date/Time: 8th June 2023, 1:30-4:30pm (UK time)
Venue: Paterson's Land G.21 and Zoom
The Children and Young People thematic hub are delighted to invite you to attend the end of year research presentations and social event!
This event will be an opportunity for us to come together to share our research and have informal discussions with colleagues about their areas of work. You are all invited to give a brief oral or poster presentation about new or current areas of research. Post graduate researchers are particularly encouraged to present.
Please email Josie (email@example.com) if you would like to give a brief presentation and register on Eventbrite to confirm attendance.
- Date/time: Mon 13th March 2023, 1:30-5:00pm (UK time)
- Venue: Charteris Land 5.11
The Jamboree was an energetic and interactive mini-conference where postgraduate students, early career researchers and recent graduates come together to facilitate interactive workshops with those earlier on in their academic studies – or those just interested in novel methods and lessons from the field. These workshops dealt with research methodologies that directly involve children and young people.
In addition to methodological development, the Jamboree’s focus was on building networks. Childhood studies is an interdisciplinary area of study, ranging across the social sciences, humanities and applied disciplines such as education, counselling, clinical psychology and law - we welcome all disciplines.
The Jamboree was being organised through the Children and Young People Thematic Hub and Childhood & Youth Studies Group (Moray House School of Education and Sport), reaching out with particular invitations to our research community more widely and the Childhood and Youth College theme here at the University of Edinburgh. An opportunity to connect!
This was an in-person event for participants. Charteris Land, Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh.
Venue: Paterson's Land 1.18, Moray House School of Education and Sport (online option available)
You were warmly invited to join the CYP thematic hub pre-Christmas research social event!
This was an opportunity for us to come together to share our research and have informal discussions with colleagues about their areas of work. You are all invited to give a brief presentation about new or current areas of research ─ 3-5 mins presentation only! PGR students are particularly encouraged to present. There will also be an opportunity for social activity and prize for best Christmas jumper/hat!
Please email Josie (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to give a brief presentation.
This session was in a hybrid format. Please register on Eventbrite to confirm if you prefer to join us in-person or on Zoom. (**Login details will be available upon completion of your registration.**)
Venue: Charteris Land 5.11, Moray House School of Education and Sport (online option available)
Join our opening event to see who are and all exciting activities we are planning to do at the Children and Young People Thematic Hub. This opening event was for all Moray House School of Education for University of Edinburgh colleagues and beyond.
Welcome to new and existing members
Laura Wright energiser
Update on forthcoming hub activities over the year
Strategy stations: Spend 10 mins with each key hub area and generate ideas/activities that you would like support from the hub with
Linking the hub with your research: chance to discuss your research with hub members and consider how hub activity supports your work
Summary and next steps
The Childhood and Youth Studies at MHSES is delighted to invite you in this new semester another online seminar series titled: Engaging Children and Young People: Participatory Research Methods and Ethical Complexities. This seminar series will bring together researchers from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences- University of Edinburgh, who are researching with children and young people. The seminar series welcomes all researchers interested in the field. In alignment with participatory methods, our intention is that these seminars will be lively, interactive events, with opportunities for group discussion and connecting with other researchers.
Our next seminar will be coming up on Wednesday 17th November 2021, with a presentation given by Dr Andrew Manches. Register NOW for the webinar.
Join us! And find out more information about the seminar series!
|1||Wed 17 Nov 2021||13:00||Dr Andrew Manches||
From gestures to the design of early learning technologies
|2||Wed 2 Feb 2022||13:00||Dr Autumn ROESCH-MARSH and Dr Emma DAVIDSON||
Creative participatory research in practice: finding sources of inspiration
|3||Wed 16 Mar 2022 (RESCHEDULED, date tbc)||15:30||Dr Sarah Foley|
This webinar brought together learning from international projects on the topic of youth-led social entrepreneurship and innovation. Taking place across different locations globally, the projects are united by a focus on how young people take initiative to transform their communities and create opportunities through social innovation and social entrepreneurship.
How do young people envision social change, social innovation and/or social entrepreneurship for their communities?
- What are the drivers behind young people’s ideas and visions?
- What does ‘best practice’ in supporting young people look like? What further support is required?
- What are some of the common barriers and how can they be addressed? What is the role of research with young people for doing so?
The webinar was of interest to researchers, educators, policymakers and other stakeholders working in this area.
Having recently completed her PhD at MHSES, Dr Arias Urueña was presenting something interesting about her PhD research.
Children´s experiences of living with cleft lip and palate: stigma, emotions and ‘ambiguous agency’
Individuals with cleft lip and palate are commonly stigmatised because of their bodily differences. However, little is known about children’s and young people´s experiences of stigma and the mechanisms they use to cope with these dynamics. Drawing on interviews (home base and walking based interviews) with 20 Colombian children aged 6-12, I use Link and Phelan´s theory of the stigmatisation process (Link & Phelan, 2001) to characterise their experiences of stigma at school. I particularly focus on the way children resist stigma through ambiguous agentic practices, and emotion work. I argue that despite the vulnerabilities associated with their stigmatisation, the different types of agentic practices that are manifested in the participants´ stories further challenge the dichotomy of vulnerability and agency.
I am Liliana Arias-Urueña, a medical doctor and social scientist passionate about people´s health and wellbeing. My research interests include children’s and young people’s views and experiences of their health and illness processes, heath-related stigma, contemporary views of agency, participatory research and mobility methods. I combine my work in research with medical teaching and clinical genetics.
During my PhD I conducted a qualitative study which explored children’s views and experiences of living with cleft lip and palate in Colombia. This work is located at the intersection of childhood studies, the sociology of health and illness and disability studies and makes theoretical and empirical contributions to these disciplines.
As a researcher and clinician, I aim to generate more explicit inter-disciplinary and cross-world conversation on children’s and young people’s health, illness and disability. I also seek to cultivate a biomedical practice more sensitive to human diversity, people’s biographical, social and cultural backgrounds.
Public Webinar 1.30-2.30 p.m.; CREAN meeting 2.30-3.30 p.m. UK Time
The webinar was co-organised by Childhood and Youth Studies (Children and Young People Hub), MHSES University of Edinburgh, on behalf of the Children’s Rights European Academic Network.
Crises have seemed ever-present globally over recent years, from the COVID-19 pandemic to climate change. Both of these crises show what can be done collectively to uphold children’s rights, should there be global attention and will. They also highlight extreme inequalities, their impacts and the precarity of human rights in times of crisis. This webinar will explore how to learn from these and other crises, to ‘build back better’ in relation to children’s human rights.
The webinar will include presentations from Prof. Philip D. Jaffé, who is a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and young people from #CovidUnder19, an initiative aimed to foster intergenerational partnerships between children, young people and adult members of the children’s rights community to develop evidence-based advocacy to uphold children’s rights in pandemic recovery and response. After the presentations, we will host an interactive panel with the speakers and others, providing an opportunity for questions and discussion.
The public webinar was from 1.30-2.30. All those who were Children’s Rights European Academic Network (CREAN) members, or who were interested in CREAN, were invited to continue from 2.30-3.30 for the Annual General Meeting – and to discuss what next for CREAN.
- This seminar series was free but registration was required. You’ll receive login details ONLY AFTER you have completed your registration.
- Please feel free to tweet this event using #CovidUnder19
In April 2020, Terre des hommes launched the #CovidUnder19 initiative by mobilising a group of young people, child rights activists, civil society organisations and UN stakeholders. The initiative set out to understand children’s views and experiences about life under Coronavirus, and amplify their voices to inform policymakers, professionals working with children, and governments.
In the Spring of 2020, the initiative launched the “Life Under Coronavirus” global survey to understand children’s experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic and their views on how they wish to get involved. The survey was designed with children, for children aged between 8 to 17 years available in 27 different languages alongside an easy to read version. A shorter poll focusing on issues of protection, safety and peer-to-peer support was also disseminated via UNICEF’s U-Report leading to additional 5,000 responses from children.
Karl is Director of the Centre for Children's Rights Studies and Full Professor in Public Law at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He obtained his doctorate in Law in 2004 from Ghent University, Belgium, where he worked at the Children’s Rights Centre and at the Human Rights Centre. His publications and main research interests are in the field of interdisciplinary children’s rights studies and include theorizations on children’s rights and childhood studies, working children and child labour norms and policies, international children’s rights law and juvenile justice. He teaches at the University of Geneva in the Master interdisciplinaire en droits de l’enfant (MIDE). He is also the Programme Director of the Master of Advanced Studies in Children's Rights (MCR). Karl Hanson is chair of the Children’s Rights European Academic Network (CREAN) and co-editor of the journal Childhood.
Philip D. Jaffé
Philip is a full professor at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). In 2018, he was elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. A clinical and a forensic psychologist who trained in Switzerland and in the USA, he is still a practicing licensed psychotherapist and a court-appointed expert witness. Beyond the traditional "teach, research, publish or perish missions" required by a leading university, his vision of academic life is to branch out in the community at large as a science practitioner and educator. www.jaffe.ch
Ton is Vice-Dean of Leiden Law School and he holds the UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is the Director of the Master’s Programme (LL.M) Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights. He also coordinates the Leiden Summer School on International Children’s Rights.
He teaches and publishes widely on issues related to international children’s rights, juvenile justice, child friendly justice, deprivation of liberty of children, violence against children and access to justice for children. Ton Liefaard regularly works as a consultant for international organizations, including UN agencies, the Council of Europe and the European Union. He has also served as an advisor to the Dutch government on issues related to children’s rights, juvenile justice, child protection and family law. He was a member of the International Advisory Board of the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.
Kay is Professor of Childhood Policy at the University of Edinburgh. She is part of the Childhood and Youth Studies at Moray House School of Education and Sport. Her policy, academic and teaching work is centred around children’s human rights.
When? Tue 3rd May, 14:00-17:00
Where? Paterson’s Land 1.18, Moray House School of Education and Sport
Are you interested in learning more about music and movement as participatory methodologies with children and young people? Would you like to try out some new methods?
Please join us for this interactive workshop with Juan Manuel Gomez, Yeiner Belalcazar and Julian Garcia from Mr Klaje musician collective.
We invite you to participate in an exciting workshop run by the Mr Klaje band of Colombian musicians who will teach you the rhythms and practices of Colombian cultural engagements for reconciliation. Their work stimulates social change through the promotion of collaboration around themes such as diversity, coexistence, conflict and peace. Mr Klaje are renowned in Colombia for their performances and insightful and participatory workshops. (For further information see their work featured in The Guardian).
Mr Klaje have longstanding experience of working in post-conflict contexts through participatory music and arts. Their methodologies have been used in work with Afrocolombian and indigenous groups of children and young people in Colombia, Northern Ireland and beyond. Innovative methodologies developed by Mr Klaje include, for example, “peacebuilding body percussion” or “co-produced music performances with instrument-building from upcycled materials” with children and young people and marginalised groups.
This event was for researchers, students, practitioners and anyone with an interest in participatory methodologies, music or movement. No prior musical experience required.
The event was in Spanish with English translation – and lots of non-verbal communication!
Prof. Akwugo Emejulu, University of Warwick; Dr. Marlies Kustatscher, University of Edinburgh and Dr. Callum McGregor, University of Edinburgh
Ambivalence is not usually associated with activism. By activism we mean a collective process of individuals coming together to make change in public space. When we think about the emotions that mobilise activists, we usually identify fear, anger and/or hope as those feelings that prompt people to get up and out to try to make a change. But these are not the only emotions that shape activists’ behaviours. Increasingly we note how activists are animated by a contradictory set of emotions generated by our uncertain political and economic moment. Despite being a common emotional experience for activists, there has been little substantive discussion about how ambivalence is articulated, experienced and/or potentially used as a resource in activist spaces, networks and movements.
Dr Jule Hildmann
Dr Hildmann would like to present findings on her UK and European project looking at young people’s employment. In specific, she was researching promoting transformative competencies and employability through outdoor learning.
Now celebrating its 9th year, the Jamboree was an energetic and interactive mini-conference where more advanced postgraduate students, early career researchers and recent graduates come together to facilitate interactive workshops with those earlier on in their academic studies – or those just interested in novel methods and lessons from the field. These workshops deal with research methodologies that directly involve children and young people. The workshop will be online, as we have facilitators from Canada to Peru to Scotland.
In addition to methodological development, the Jamboree’s focus was on building networks. Childhood studies is an interdisciplinary area of study, ranging across the social sciences, humanities and applied disciplines such as education, counselling, clinical psychology and law. The Jamboree was organised through the Children and Young People Thematic Hub (Moray House School of Education and Sport), reaching out with particular invitations to our research community more widely and the Childhood and Youth CAHSS theme here at the University of Edinburgh. An opportunity to connect!
Details about the interactive workshops will be available closer to the date.
Please join us for this webinar to celebrate the launch of our special issue with Emotion, Space and Society on ‘The Emotional Relations of Children’s Participation Rights’.
Children's participation rights, enshrined in the UNCRC (1989), have been a popular area of research, policy and practice for decades. Although emotions are often acknowledged as an important element of children's participation rights, it is rare to find emotions being explicitly centred and theorised in dialogue with UNCRC rights. This event brings together a group of speakers who reflect on the role of emotions for children’s participation rights, highlighting challenges and opportunities of this work within current global contexts, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are invited to share their own thoughts and experiences on emotions and participation, and to consider opportunities for collaborative ways of taking this work forward.
This free public event aims at researchers and academics and anyone working in practice/NGOs on the topic of children’s participation rights with an interest in emotions.
For enquiries, please contact email@example.com
Rachel Rosen & Eve Dickson, UCL Social Research Institute
The ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) condition, which is imposed on people ‘subject to immigration control’, forms a key part of the UK’s punitive migration regime, bordering access to social support for migrants who need it. One example, and this talk’s focus, is the denial of free school meals (FSM) to children in families with NRPF, some of the most destitute in Britain. This has long been a concern for migrants’ rights groups and families navigating everyday borders in the UK. Recent campaigns and threats of legal action have resulted in some children affected by NRPF becoming temporarily eligible for FSM during the pandemic, but campaigns for access have continued due to ongoing problems with the policy. This talk explores the imaginaries of childhood, poverty and nation which shape such policies and offers a warning that, without reflecting on and even challenging these imaginaries, campaigns can end up justifying exclusions of some migrant families at the very same time that they aim for more expansive support. We argue that how campaigns represent their causes – which, in the case of FSM, is often through the exceptionalism and therefore hyper-deservingness of childhood and a focus on the extraordinary circumstances of Covid – has implications. These representations, we suggest, can ultimately end up narrowing political imaginaries and reducing discussion to technical questions about who is ‘deserving’, and, in the process, risk shoring up an exclusionary, nativist and hostile state.
Rachel Rosen is an Associate Professor of Childhood in the UCL Social Research Institute. Her research focuses on marginalised children and families, especially those with precarious immigration status; the intersection of neoliberal welfare and border policies which shape their lives; and their practices of sustenance and care. Her current projects include Children Caring on the Move and Solidarities: Negotiating Migrant Deservingness. She is co-editor of Reimagining Childhood Studies and Feminism and the Politics of Childhood: Friends or foes?
Eve Dickson is a Research Fellow at the UCL Social Research Institute. She is a psychosocial scholar with research interests in migration, social policy, gender and childhood. Her research focuses particularly on migrant groups excluded from mainstream welfare support. Her work has been published in Critical Social Policy, Critical Quarterly, and Families, Relationships and Societies.
About this event
Dr. Carine Le Borgne shared her experiences in conducting research with children and young affected by the issue of child marriage and child soldiers. Children and young people who have not experienced those issues were also involved as they wanted to stand with their peers in calling on the UK Government and countries hit by humanitarian crisis to work together to end those issues. The research involved countries where World Vision works such as Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Niger. She will explain the methodology used and the advocacy work to bring the voices of young people to decision-makers.
Biography of speaker
Dr. Carine le Borgne is an advocate for human children’s rights and a researcher on operationalisation of children’s participation at the community and national levels. Eighteen years of experience on non-profit sector and local government with a focus on governance, programme and policy on children’s rights in India, Philippines, Egypt, Chile, Canada, United Kingdom and France.
- Video: Children and young people’s voices in research: The example of World Vision UK
- Dr. Carine Le Borgne shared her experiences in conducting research with children and young affected by the issue of child marriage and child soldiers at a webinar hosted by the Children and Young People Thematic Hub on the 19th January 2022.
Videos shared during presentation
Enabling participation in early childhood education: learning from policy interventions in different cultural contexts
About this event
Early childhood is a critical period for all children, and governments across the world are recognising this by moving to compulsory early childhood education (ECE). This creates pivotal moments for understanding the challenges and opportunities for such provision in different contexts, and for radically rethinking future directions of ECE across the world.
High quality ECE can be a protective factor for children against the negative effects of poverty and other inequalities (including gender) and improve long-term developmental and employment outcomes. There has been strong drive, not least through the near-global ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, towards embedding children’s participation within ECE, and children’s participation has come to feature as a core element of what is considered high quality ECE.
This webinar brings together case studies from Brazil, Eswatini, Palestine, Scotland and South Africa to shed light on how policy interventions are aiming to enable children’s participation within ECE.
Join us for presentations and discussion around questions such as:
- How have policymakers across the world interpreted children’s participation in ECE?
- Which policies have been implemented successfully and what were the drivers behind such positive change?
- What are the obstacles to meaningful policy implementation in this area and how can they be addressed?
The webinar will be in English with translation into Arabic and Portuguese.
This event is organised by:
Safe, Inclusive Participative Pedagogy (SIPP) is a partnership research project funded by UKRI and GCRF, running from January 2020-January 2024. The project aims to identify and develop safe, inclusive participative pedagogy that is implementable in fragile contexts and sustainable for governments, communities and families. It brings together partners in Brazil, Eswatini, Palestine, South Africa, and Scotland.
The support of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) is gratefully acknowledged.
About this webinar
In the International Day of the Girl Child, World Vision International and Childhood & Youth Studies at the University of Edinburgh have the pleasure of inviting you to a virtual panel entitled "Child activism to end child marriage'. The researchers will share key findings and conceptual discussion points from an exploratory research study conducted in Bangladesh and Ghana.
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About this event
The webinar will be in workshop style, inspired by two presenters who are using discourse analysis, followed by discussion. Participants are welcomed to share their own experiences and dilemmas in applying discourse analysis. The workshop will be discussing Bacchi’s form of discourse analysis, amongst others.
- 12.00-12.10 Welcome
- 12.10-12.25 Introducing discourse analysis- Alexandra Jundler, PhD Student in Social Work, University of Edinburgh
- 12.25-12.40 Contested concepts: domestic abuse and children’s participation rights in family law - Ruth Friskney and Fiona Morrison - Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection at the University of Stirling
- 12.40-1.20 Group Discussion led by Laura Weiner, PhD student at Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh
Chair: Autumn Roesch Marsh, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Edinburgh
About the speakers:
I am in the fourth year of my Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh. My research focusses on the presence of children’s participation in looked after children’s policies in Scotland that I have examined through policy analyses. I have been particularly interested in Bacchi’s WPR approach and other post-structuralist approaches.
- Video: Discourse Analysis in Practice Webinar: Alexandra Jundler's presentation
- The webinar was in workshop style, inspired by two presenters who were using discourse analysis, followed by discussion. The workshop discussed Bacchi’s form of discourse analysis, amongst others. In this presentation, Alexandra Jundler, PhD Student in Social Work, University of Edinburgh, gave an introduction to discourse analysis. Details of this event can be found on Children and Young People Thematic Hub website
Download presentation slidesRuth Friskney and Fiona Morrison
They work at the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection at the University of Stirling. Their presentation draws from recent research on the passage of the Children (Scotland) Act 2020 through the Scottish Parliament. It explores the underpinning conceptualisations of domestic abuse and children’s participation rights found in written evidence and parliamentary debates and what the implications of these are.
- Video: Discourse Analysis in Practice Webinar: Fiona Morrison and Ruth Friskney presentation
- The webinar was in workshop style, inspired by two presenters who were using discourse analysis, followed by discussion. The workshop discussed Bacchi’s form of discourse analysis, amongst others. In this presentation, Fiona Morrison and Ruth Friskney from the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection at the University of Stirling, gave a presentation entitled 'Contested concepts: Domestic abuse and children’s participation rights in family law.' Details of this event can be found on Children and Young People Thematic Hub website
I am a second-year PhD student at Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh. My research explores how young activists construct the skills, knowledge, and values developed in youth activist group spaces through a discourse analysis of policy and discourse in practice. My research draws largely on Norman Fairclough and critical discourse analysis approaches.
- Video: Discourse Analysis in Practice Webinar: Laura Weiner's presentation
- The webinar was in workshop style, inspired by two presenters who were using discourse analysis, followed by discussion. The workshop discussed Bacchi’s form of discourse analysis, amongst others. In this presentation, Laura, a second-year PhD student at Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, shared her research on discourse analysis. It explores how young activists construct the skills, knowledge, and values developed in youth activist group spaces through a discourse analysis of policy and discourse in practice. Her research draws largely on Norman Fairclough and critical discourse analysis approaches. Details of this event can be found on Children and Young People Thematic Hub website
The Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group, MHSES is delighted to invite you to its 6 weeks online seminar series titled: Engaging Children and Young People: Participatory Research Methods and Ethical Complexities. This seminar series will bring together researchers from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences- University of Edinburgh, who are researching with children and young people. The seminar series welcomes all researchers interested in the field. In alignment with participatory methods, our intention is that these seminars will be lively, interactive events, with opportunities for group discussion and connecting with other researchers.
Our next seminar will be coming up on Wednesday 17th November 2021. Dr Andrew Manchez will present on From gestures to the design of early learning technologies. Stay tuned to learn more!
Join us! And find out more information about the seminar series!
|1||Wed 9 Dec||15:30||Antonella Sorace||
Connecting the linguistic, cognitive, and social dots in research on child bilingualism
|2||CANCELLED (to be rescheduled)||
A balanced approach to ethics in ethnography
|3||Wed 3 Mar||15:30||
Simona Di Folco and Vernon Gayle
|4||Wed 21 Apr||13:00||Claire Houghton, Lesley McCara and Kay Tisdall||
|5||Wed 26 May||15:30||Rachel O'Neill, Kieran Gemmel and Sumin Zhao||
|6||Wed 9 Jun||13:00||Emily Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, School of Health in Social Science||
21st June, 15:00-17:00 BST — Involving young people in research
- A practical overview of different ways young people can meaningfully be involved in all stages of public mental health research. We will share approaches, challenges and examples from TRIUMPH’s work with young people.
- 22nd June, 16:00-17:30 BST — Talking co-production
- A conversation between members of TRIUMPH’s Youth Advisory Group and Professor Kay Tisdall about the importance and challenges of co-producing research with young people.
- 23rd June, 15:00-17:00 BST — Multiple faces of Youth Advisory Groups
- Come and hear from a range of Youth Advisory Groups (YAGs) about the different ways YAGs can support public mental health research. Join an honest conversation about the benefits and challenges of this approach.
- 24th June, 15:00-17:00 BST — Co-production Clinic: talk to the experts (TRIUMPH YAG members)
- Members of TRIUMPH Youth Advisory Group (YAG) will answer your questions about involving young people in research. Please share your questions, ideas or challenges in advance so that the YAG members have a chance to discuss their answers.
About this event
The recent COVID-19 global health pandemic has significantly impacted on communities around the world. This webinar shares learning from our multi-country project UKRI GCRF “Safe, Inclusive Participative Pedagogy: Improving Early Childhood Education in Fragile Contexts” on how women and children in communities in Brazil, Eswatini, Palestine and South Africa have experienced the effects of the pandemic disproportionately due to historical marginalisation based on politics, poverty, racism and colonialism.
Among such communities, women and young children are a particularly overlooked group whose experiences of disadvantage and inequalities have been exacerbated and deepened throughout the pandemic. Our webinar critically examines notions of ‘fragility’ or ‘vulnerability’ against the backdrop of historical and systemic oppression and marginalisation of some communities, by sharing stories of struggles, agency, resistance, hope and activism of women and young children.
Our panellists include:
- Lizette Berry, Senior Researcher, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
- Linda Biersteker, Senior Research Associate, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
- Dr Malcolm Bush, Senior research and policy consultant, International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood at PUC-Rio (Brazil)
- Clement Dlamini, Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Eswatini (Eswatini)
- Dr Ahmed F. Fasfous, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Bethlehem, (Palestine)
- Irene Rizzini, Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and President of the International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood at PUC-Rio (Brazil)
- Dr Fortunate Shabalala, Senior lecturer and Head of Community Health Nursing Department, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Eswatini (Eswatini)
- Dr Rabab Tamish, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Bethlehem University (Palestine)
Members from our communities will also be represented.
Keynote listener: Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy at the University of Edinburgh, will respond to and share concluding reflections on the panel and audience discussion.
The webinar was in English.
"The support of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) is gratefully acknowledged.”
Froebel 2021: Visions of Social Justice, Equity and Integrity in the Year of Childhood
Tuesday 1 - Friday 4 June 2021, 3 sessions (9am, 2pm 7pm) to be spread across the four days, with filming and captioning.
- Dr Rosie Perkins: Reader in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music
- Dr. Wendy Russell: Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork at University of Gloucestershire
Over the last decade there has been a burgeoning interest in the benefit of arts and play for our health and wellbeing. However, despite evidence that shows the arts and play to have close connections in how they contribute to and achieve health outcomes for children and adults, there has been a dearth of action to encourage knowledge-exchange between these fields or to understand how the processes across these interventions may be similar. This conference aims to address this gap, encouraging shared learning and asking critical questions that will support us to move forward in arts and play with new-found insight.
This conference will include:
- Keynote presentations from Dr Rosie Perkins and Dr. Wendy Russell.
- Creative workshops, lectures, and poster presentations.
- Creative ‘energiser’ sessions led by arts and play practitioners.
- Arts and play materials to creatively express your response to the conference.
- A panel session about opportunities across the arts and play sectors.
- A ‘world café’ to explore the intersections of play and art, and to foster connections, particularly between researchers and practitioners.
Dates & times: Following recent government announcements and the continued need to collectively manage the spread of COVID-19, a hybrid approach to the conference will be taken w/c 15 February 2021 where there will be both online and offline (socially distanced) components. The conference will now feature:
- One on-site day at the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday 16th February 2021. At the moment, we anticipate that we will need to employ social distancing measures, but we will respond to government guidelines as they change and are communicated.
- The remainder of the presentations spread across the week online. For example, this may work out as approximately 1-2 hours per day Monday to Friday (15th-19th February 2021).
The recording and associated resources can be found HERE (under the sub-heading 'Bringing children's rights into Scottish law').
Co-organised by the CYSRG at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Leiden and World Vision International, this event ought to shape the global debate to ensure that policy and practice are rights-based, child-centred, empowering, and inclusive.
Speakers: Prof Kay Tisdall (MHSES & Co-Director of CYSRG, University of Edinburgh), Prof Ton Liefaard (Vice-Dean for Education of Leiden Law School, Prof of Children's Rights at Leiden University), Dr Patricio Cuevas-Parra (Director of Child Participation and Rights, World Vision International)
Speakers: Professor Dorothy Vaandering, Canada; Dr. Maija Gellin, Finland; Mr. Chris Straker, England; and Professor Gillean McCluskey, Scotland
Abstract: The Scottish Network of Restorative Justice Researchers (SNRJR), with the support of the Scottish Center for Crime and Justice Research and the University of Edinburgh have organised and international seminar on restorative justice in the field of education. The aim is to learn from international practices and developments and think together how this could be relevant and developed further in Scotland.
Date/Time: Monday 28th September | 13:00-16:45 BST
Venue: This event will be held online via ZOOM (due to the current pandemic)
This event is free but REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY at the link below. Once you have registered, you will in due time receive the Zoom link and password to access the webinar.
Professor Kirsten Sandberg, University of Oslo, gave the Moray House School of Education and Sport Annual Lecture on May 27. Professor Sandberg's lecture was followed by contributions from Mairi Macpherson, Deputy Director for Creating Positive Futures, Scottish Government and Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland.
Speaker: Professor Kirsten Sandberg, Univeristy of Oslo
Date: Wednesday 27 May 2020 / 14:00 – 15:30 (BST)
THIS LECTURE WAS DELIVERED ONLINE
Speaker: Dr Emma Davidson
Abstract: 1.37 Paterson's Land
Date/Time: Thursday 23 April 2020 / 12:30-2:00pm
Venue: Room 1.37, Paterson's Land, Moray House School of Education & Sport
The event combined the launch of the Together’s State of Children’s Rights Report 2019 with that of the Observatory of Children’s Human Rights Scotland, to set out a roadmap for action in Scotland.
Date/Time: Friday 28 February 2020 / 10.30 - 12:30
Speaker: Neville Harris, Professor of Law, University of Manchester
Abstract: In seeking to ensure that there is schooling for one and all within a mass (although diverse) education system, the law plays a key role in seeking to ensure that children’s different learning and cultural needs are addressed inclusively. However, the law also sets limits to the accommodation of individual choices for reasons of efficiency, the management of limited resource or wider policy factors, including those to do with balancing perceived national interests against minority concerns. It means that individual preferences or choices will sometimes go unmet and tensions will arise. The new edition of my book Education, Law and Diversity – comprising mostly newly researched material and with a new sub-title reflecting its primary focus – examines the nature of the various rights and interests recognised by the law of education as it has evolved and explores how and to what extent these tensions are managed or resolved. In this presentation, drawing on evidence from examples of particular fields, such as sex and relationships education and home schooling, I will highlight key conclusions of my research.
Education, Law and Diversity: Schooling for One and All? is published by Hart Publishing (part of Bloomsbury Publishing) in January 2020.
Date/Time: Thursday 16 January 2020 / 1:30-3:00pm
Venue: Charteris Land (Room 5.11), Moray House School of Education and Sport
A joint seminar between Centre for Research on Families and Relationships and our Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group
Speaker: Dr Sue Kay-Flowers, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University
Abstract: Over time, most children experiencing their parents’ separation adjust to the changes it brings. The extent to which they ‘accommodate’ these changes is influenced by many factors. Through analysis of young adults’ retrospective accounts, experiences encouraging a higher ‘accommodation’ of parental separation were identified.
This seminar outlined research tools created with young people to give voice to young adults’ experiences.
Date/Time: Tuesday 5 November 2019 / 12 noon - 1pm
Venue: Charteris Land (Room 5.02), Moray House School of Education and Sport
World Vision and the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Girls Not Brides and Child Rights Connect had the pleasure of inviting you to a report launch and panel on 'Children's participation in ending child marriage'.
Date/Time: Friday 11 October 2019 / 12:00 - 13.30
Venue: United Nations Palace, Geneva
Speaker: Professor Irene Rizzini, Professor at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and President of the International Cente for Research and Policy on Childhood (CIESPI), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Abstract: The right of young people to participate in political decision making has been adopted in international and national laws since the 1990s. In Brazil, young people’s participation in decisions concerning their lives has been affirmed by the National Children´s Rights Council (CONANDA) since 2013. Implementation, however, has been poor. Brazil is a country of huge social and economic disparities rooted in the country’s past and is still heavily influenced by power relationships forged in its oligarchic and colonial history. The challenges to implement children and young people’s political participation are connected to the history of assistance to low-income and destitute children during the 19th and 20th centuries. These challenges have intensified in the current context of the rise of the far-right in Brazil, posing new threats to democratic participation. Professor Rizzini will discuss trends in young people’s engagement as advocates, by analysing the unique experiences of the first Children's Rights Council to officially elect young people as councilors. This discussion raises relevant insights for the international framework of children’s rights. This presentation highlights contributions coming from the peripheries of the world, arguing for the decolonisation of the international system for the protection of rights.
Date/Time: Thursday 19 September 2019 / 12.30-1.30
Venue: Paterson’s Land (Room 1.27), Moray House School of Education and Sport
CERES Conversation 2019 (2 day event)
This two-day event provides education practitioners (early years, schools, colleges, universities, adult education) with spaces to consider how literate you and your establishment are on matters of racial, cultural, religious and linguistic diversity.
The event will provide a challenging but safe space for us to dismantle what are often seen as complex, sensitive and controversial issues. We will be discussing a range of issues, from talking about racism with pupils of different ages, Whiteness, Islamophobia, culturally relevant pedagogy, to learning what recent research tells us about how to support pupils for whom English is an Additional Language.
Date/Time: Thursday 20 (8.45am) - Friday 21 June 2019 / 4pm
A joint seminar between Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
Speakers: Dr Julian Burton (Rutgers University) and Hamide Elif Üzümcü (University of Padova, Italy)
Date/Time: Wednesday 5 June 2019 / 1pm to 2pm
A joint seminar organised by the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID) and the Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group at Moray House School of Education. Across the four nations of the UK, there have been different rates of progress in terms of incorporating aspects of the UNCRC into domestic law. Holding this seminar in Scotland is timely, with the Scottish Government’s promise to incorporate the principles of CRC into domestic law, a three year awareness raising programme for children’s rights, and an emerging children and young people’s participation framework. It is thus timely to consider where we are now – and where we want to be – learning from across the UK and beyond.
Date/Time: Wednesday 1 May 2019 / 9.30am - 3.30pm
Seminar from our Community Education Research Group
The youth work sector in Scotland is under unprecedented pressure to demonstrate its impact, particularly related to universal provision. Increasingly, practitioners face reduced resources, restructuring of services and a related shift in priorities and remit. That said, the ever-changing policy landscapes do not deter an ongoing commitment across the practice sector to supporting local young people achieve change in their lives. Yet, evidence of such change can be elusive and may only become apparent after sustained intervention and often-diverse forms of engagement over a number of years.
This session will present the findings of a national research project that engaged with three communities in Scotland examining the impact of local universal youth work services.
Speaker: Dr Ian Fyfe, Head of Institute of Education, Community and Society here at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh
Date/Time: Friday 5 April 2019 / 2pm - 4pm
An event for those working for and with children and young people who are interested in developing understandings of bilingualism.
Speakers: Professor Antonella Sorace - Director of Bilingualism Matters at University of Edinburgh), Bernard Chisholm - Director of Education and Children's Services at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Calum Alex MacMillan - Development Manager Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Dr Clare Daly - Project Manager at Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy (HiMRA)
Date/Time: Thursday 14 March 2019 / 11am - 3pm
Venue: An Lochran, 10 Inverness Campus, Inverness
An event for those working for and with children and young people who are interested in developing understandings of bilingualism.
Speakers: Professor Antonella Sorace - Director of Bilingualism Matters at University of Edinburgh, Louise Glen - Senior Education Officer at Education Scotland, Eòghan Stewart - Gaelic Professional Development Officer at SCILT, Jim Whanell - Chair of the Learning Committee at Bòrd na Gàidhlig
Date/Time: Monday 11 March 2019 / 12.30 - 4pm
Venue: 7 George Square (Room G32), University of Edinburgh
This is a joint seminar between CRFR and the Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group, Moray House School of Education.
Speaker: Dr Urzsula Markowska-Manista, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
Date/Time: Friday 8 March 2019 / 12noon - 1pm
This seminar brings together international award-winning early childhood experts to share evidence on what child-centred practices and spaces look like and why these are important for children.
Speakers: Dr Lynn McNair, OBE and Luke Addison
Date/Time: Thursday 7 March 2019 / 2pm - 3.30pm
The 7th Annual Childhood Studies Jamboree is an energetic and interactive mini-conference where more advanced postgraduate students, early career researchers and recent graduates come together to facilitate interactive workshops with students who are earlier on in their academic studies. These workshops deal with research methodologies that directly involve children and young people.
Date/Time: Wednessday 6 March 2019 / 1.30pm - 4.45pm