Dr Sabina Savadova

Teaching Fellow in Childhood Studies and Practice


PhD in Education - the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 

MBA in European Studies and Regional Cooperation (Hons) - University of Ruse/University of Regensburg, Bulgaria/Germany 

MA in American Literature - Khazar University, Azerbaijan 

  BA in the Enlish Language (Hons) 

Responsibilities & affiliations



Undergraduate teaching

BA Childhood Practice Programme:

Course Organizer:

Academic Study Skills, 

Children and the Family

Children, Education and Social Justice

Postgraduate teaching

PG tutor: 

Conceptualizing Research: Foundations, Assumptions and Praxis (2021- 2022)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current research interests

My research interests include young children and their digital media practices, early childhood education, parenting, parental ethnotheories, family context, children and families, play, digital play, refugee children's digital media practices, children's rights in the digital age, and parenting in the digital age. In my research, I usually use qualitative research methods including visual methods, participatory methods, ethnography, and creative methods with children.

Affiliated research centres

Past project grants

2022-2024 The student experience grant award by the University of Edinburgh: Project title: Enriching Practitioner students' learning experiences and co-constructing peer support, £3535 (PI)
2019 - 2020 Collaborative Research Award (GCRA) by Universitas 21. The project "How can interactions with digital media foster refugee families' transition to a new culture: A case study of refugee families in Auckland, New Zealand" . Co-investigator together with Valentina Andries (https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/valentina-andries-student)). Lydia Plowman - Lead Supervisor. University of Edinburgh - Leading Institution, University of Maryland and University of Auckland. Sum awarded $ 4992.
2017-2021 My PhD study is funded by the College Research Award of the University of Edinburgh - £54600
2011 - 2013 Erasmus Mundus Programme - €20000

View all 11 publications on Research Explorer


Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Literacies, 7 - 8 March 2019, the University of Manchester, Funded for participation - £450

Children's Media, 2 - 4 July 2019, Volunteer, funded by the conference organizers

Papers delivered


Living journals: Introducing a new approach to study participants' lives from afar, Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) Conference, 22-24 November, 2023, Edinburgh Scotland

Subterfuge: Azerbaijani parents’ mediation strategy of their young children’s digital media practices, British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, 12-14 September 2023; Birmingham, England

Young children's digital media practices and parental influences in Azerbaijan, accepted for European Early Childhood Education Research Association Annual Conference (EECERA), 30th August – 2nd September 2023; Lisbon, Portugal (paper submission accepted, but did not register for in-person presentation)

Fathers’ Involvement in the Mediation of their Young Children’s Digital Media Practices in Azerbaijan (accepted) for the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 22-25 August 2023; Glasgow, Scotland

Refugee families’ integration into a new culture through their children’s digital media practices during Covid-19, American Education Research Association (AERA) Conference, Chicago, April 13-16, 2023


How can interactions with digital media foster refugee families' transitions to a new culture in Edinburgh? British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, 13 - 16 September,  Virtual Conference (with Valentina Andries)

Understanding the Role of Technology in the Transitions of Refugee Families with Young Children into A New Culture: A Case Study of Scotland, Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Conference, 24 - 30 June,  Worldwide Online (with Valentina Andries)


Living journals: Families interpreting their young children's everyday lives in Azerbaijan, Paper presentation in the AERA annual meeting, 17-21 April 2020, San Francisco (Funded by the MH graduate school) (the conference postponed due to Covid-19)


Creating living journals for young children in Azerbaijan, Pecha Kucha presentation at the SERA conference, 20 – 22 November 2019, the University of Edinburgh (Funded by the SERA conference support fund).

Using interpretative phenomenology analysis to explore mothers’ approach to their children’s use of digital media in Azerbaijan, Paper presented at the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) conference, 20 – 22 November 2019, the University of Edinburgh (Funded by the SERA conference support fund)

Children's daily experiences as shown in their living journals in Azerbaijan, Pecha Kucha Presentation at Interweaving Conference, 10 -11 October 2019, University of Edinburgh

Affects and Emotions in Research, Poster presented at Interweaving Conference, 10-11 October 2019, University of Edinburgh

Returning to Azerbaijan as a researcher: the role of affective engagement, Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, 10-12 September 2019, the University of Manchester (Funded by BERA bursary scheme) 

Affects and Emotions in Research, Interactive Poster presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) Conference,  2 -7 September 2019, the University of Hamburg (Funded by the MHSES Graduate School)

CollaboratED: Collaborative Learning in a Shared Studio Environment, Poster presented at the Learning and Teaching Conference, 29 June 2019, University of Edinburgh.