Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities

The aim of this dynamic research centre is to undertake research that enhances the lives and life chances of children and young people while building strong families and communities.

The centre, which has close links to the Faculties of Education and Health and Social Care, draws together academics from a range of different disciplines in order to undertake high-quality research of national and international significance. We adopt a multi-disciplinary approach which is underpinned by ecosystemic, intergenerational and socio-cultural-historical theories - whereby children and young people are nested within dynamic systems of families, communities and services.

Building a research community

Since its establishment in 2009, the centre has been successful in capturing funding for a range of significant projects. It is building a vibrant research community through its regular research events and growing number of excellent research students.

Research projects

Our research currently focuses on three inter-related themes: the politics of early childhood, parents and families, discourse and exclusion.

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study with us

There are opportunities to study at MPhil/PhD level within our specialist research centre.

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parents in education research network (PERN)

This network of individuals and organisations is concerned with the participation and effects of parents, families and carers in the education of children.

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Events & conferences

We regularly organise conferences, workshops and seminars in connection with our research.

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centre news

Our research aims to enhance the lives and life chances of children and young people.

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staff profiles

You can read more about our expertise and individual research interests.

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