Centre for Child and Youth Research (CCYR)

The Centre was launched in October 2002 and brings together academics from a range of disciplines across three of the University's academic Schools who have a shared interest in researching the lives of children and youth. The main purpose of the Centre is to act as a forum for cross-disciplinary research. Through the promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration in the design, conduct and dissemination of research, members of the Centre contribute to the production of new knowledge concerning the lives of children and young people.

Our core activities focus on:

  • children’s worlds and experiences as perceived and articulated from the perspective of children
  • making links between children and young people’s life experiences and their wellbeing
  • identifying opportunities and constraints on life chances in local, national and international contexts
  • developing and using innovative children- and youth-centred methodologies to explore perceptions and experiences
  • enriching theoretical understanding and developing consolidating concepts informed by inter-disciplinary dialogue
  • interrogating diverse theoretical understandings within an interdisciplinary framework
  • contributing to policy critique and development informed by the views of young people

The Centre brings together researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds with wide ranging expertise in relation to children and youth in the UK, Europe and beyond. To date, the Centre has employed this expertise particularly in addressing the inter-relationship between the policy environment and child outcomes at national and international level. In addressing these issues we have a particular interest in the interface between law, policy and practice and their impacts on children, young people and their families. Our aim is to produce research of relevance to policy-makers, service planners and practitioners working in statutory and NGO sectors in the UK and internationally. We also hold regular seminars and support a growing number of PhD students whose research interests relate to children and youth.

The Centre began with four disciplines (education; health and welfare; the anthropology of children; and children’s geographies). Today we include sociology; law and sports sciences as well as the founding disciplines, and membership from each discipline has also increased. This is a unique and highly distinctive alliance which has come together because we share common intellectual interests and genuinely wish to work together. Our intellectual commitment is based on valuing interdisciplinarity and recognising that we have much to learn from each other (in itself intellectually stimulating) but most importantly, that we can address research questions more effectively by drawing on our distinctive disciplines.

Contact Details

For further information about the centre please contact Professor Judith Harwin, Director of CCYR.

Email: judith.harwin@brunel.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1895 268775

CCYR is linked to the Norwegian Centre for Child Research (NOSEB) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

Page last updated: Friday 15 July 2011