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Children and Youth Research Group

Exploring the everyday lives, experiences, and aspirations of children and young people.

About us

The Children and Youth Research Group in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology is an interdisciplinary group of researchers working across human geography, social anthropology, sociology, political science.

We are contributing to multiple areas of research, including the following areas:

  • childhood studies
  • children’s geographies
  • educational research
  • gender and education
  • youth studies
  • ethnic, racial and migration studies
  • sociology and anthropology of education
  • critical criminology
  • disability studies
  • drug and alcohol studies
  • critical environmental education

Our members

Our Research Group includes academic staff from across the School. Read more about our Youth Research Group members

Prospective postgraduate students

PGR research is an important part of our activities and collaboration. We welcome enquiries from students keen to explore themes aligned to our research expertise.

We are part of a Children, Youth and Families Pathway within the ESRC NINE DTP funding partnership. That means we'll work with you to develop your PhD application in any of the areas listed below for funding within the pathway, including interdisciplinary projects.

If you're interested in developing a research proposal, please contact me and any of the staff in our research group. We'll then explore the process and how we can support you develop an application.

As part of our funding there are the Action for Equality Studentships (AforE) which are open to UK-domiciled candidates from Black British, British Asian, or mixed Black or Asian heritage. Applications for NINE DTP funding is also open to international students. We also support students developing studentships for other funding bodies.

From 2024/25, members of the Children and Youth research group will run an MA module Children and Young People: Contemporary Global Challenges, as part of the new Masters programme in GPS. We welcome enquiries from students interested in this.

Post-Doctoral options

We also support candidates making applications to post-doctoral funding schemes. For example, LeverhulmeBritish Academy and ESRC Post Doctoral Fellowships. 

We are contributing to multiple areas of research, including the following areas: