Home and Away: Transnational Simultaneity

By Benji Zeitlin It took about half an hour after landing in Dhaka at the beginning of my fieldwork with British Bangladeshi families from London for the feeling to hit me. I shuffled off the flight from Doha in a haze and gradually awoke as a taxi drove me into the city. The sights, smell … Continue reading Home and Away: Transnational Simultaneity


Notes on teaching the Brilliant

By Ruth Ponsford Ruth is a Research Fellow at the School for Public Health Research @ LSHTM and is a guest lecturer on the MACYS course. She completed her PhD at the Open University under the supervision of Rachel Thomson and Mary Jane Kehily Having fairly recently completed my PhD and looking for opportunities to … Continue reading Notes on teaching the Brilliant

Children’s Diaries, Liam Berriman

This summer the Museum of Childhood (MoC) hosted an exhibition on children and teenager’s diaries, with examples ranging from a 15-year-old teenage girl writing in 1947 about her turbulent love life, to a teenage colliery apprentice writing in 1838 about the death of a fellow miner. These diaries form part of a larger collection called … Continue reading Children’s Diaries, Liam Berriman

(Vulner)ability and creative action research spaces

Public discourses of children in general, and children in welfare settings in particular, often revolve around their vulnerability. Official statistics for example note that children in care are more likely than the general population to experience mental health problems. This way of thinking about children has the tendency to focus on the individual child and … Continue reading (Vulner)ability and creative action research spaces

The Girls theatre production: some reflections from the audience

Back in October colleague Fidelma Hanrahan, from the Department of Psychology, contributed a post on her involvement with The Girls theatre production.  This was a powerful production about young people's social exclusion and much more, that a few of us from CIRCY, staff and students, had been to see in London. As such, we were … Continue reading The Girls theatre production: some reflections from the audience

Beyond normal, or a good enough childhood?

On Monday night I had the honour of acting as discussant for Professor Ann Phoenix who delivered the first ever Children & Society annual lecture at Senate house in London. Children & Society is an international, interdisciplinary journal publishing high quality research and debate on all aspects of childhood and policies and services for children … Continue reading Beyond normal, or a good enough childhood?

Foster care and user engagement in research

Former Sussex colleagues Nikki Luke and Judy Sebba, both at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education at the University of Oxford, are doing some really interesting work on fostering and children’s outcomes. Particularly exciting in the Centre’s design which puts user engagement at the heart of its work.


Nikki Luke, our guest blogger for this week, is the Research Officer at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education at the University of Oxford. Nikki is an alumna of the University of Sussex, having recently completed her doctoral work in the Department of Psychology. The work of the Rees Centre, which has been set up in order to identify what works to improve the outcomes and life chances of children and young people in foster care, is of direct relevance to social work and we’re delighted to host Nikki’s post reflecting on her first few months with the Centre. Read more about the Rees Centre at http://reescentre.education.ox.ac.uk

I recently completed my PhD in Psychology at the University of Sussex. For me, as for many Doctoral students, participants were the people I interviewed and tested, while I was the researcher who came up with the questions, ran the…

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