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Children, young people and families
Child and youth studies

Child and youth studies

Child and youth studies is located in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). We draw on a range of approaches and methodologies including those from developmental psychology, childhood and youth studies, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies. Themes include:

  • children and young people: experiences, identities, spaces, voice and agency
  • young people: gender relations, masculinities and femininities
  • the impacts of social and cultural change on children and young people
  • learning, education, disability and technology
  • the development of thinking, social relationships and representations
  • international perspectives on childhood and youth.

Childhood and youth studies researchers have good contacts with pre-school institutions, schools, young people and families. We are an active inter-disciplinary group with a research income of over £1,800,000 since 2001.

Qualifications available

PhD, Professional Doctorate.


For detailed information on current fees visit Research degree fees.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) plus either a masters degree or research methods training at masters level (or equivalent).

Potential research projects

  • International perspectives on childhood and youth
  • Contemporary issues in childhood and youth
  • Children and young people’s agency, participation and voice, and children and young people as researchers
  • Children and disadvantage
  • Mother-infant relations, perinatal mental health and social development in infants
  • Cognition and language development
  • Alternative education and informal learning
  • Literacy, language and narratives, particularly in relation to impairments
  • The development of thinking, social relationships and representations
  • Socio-cognitive development: collaborative learning; critical and creative thinking and peer relationships.

Current/recent research projects

  • Parent-child shared book reading
  • Executive functioning and lower-attaining adolescents in mainstream education
  • What counts as happiness for children?
  • Young masculinities in the South Wales valleys
  • Ethnographic visual methods
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Representations of children in charity campaigns
  • Children and young people’s experiences of living with a family health crisis
  • Different understandings and experiences of children’s and young people’s rights
  • Non-stereotypical imagery and Roma, Gypsy and Traveller people
  • Ethnographic work on everyday violence in a slum community in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Development of domain-general cognitive skills and their relation to language acquisition
  • Social inclusion/exclusion in artmaking in Czech Republic early years settings.

Potential supervisors


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Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Inma Alvarez, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
Phone: +44 (0)1908 659169