I am Professor in Childhood Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales and the author of Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities (Routledge 2005), Children, Sexuality and the Sexualisation of Culture (Palgrave 2015). Working with feminist, queer and post-humanist approaches my research explores gendered and sexual subjectivities across diverse institutional sites and public spaces across the young life course (2013-18). Follow my engagement with policy makers via twitter and the socsi research impact blog.
Overview Community engagement needs radical re-design. All too often decision-making is top-down and decision makers do not adequately engage, deeming ‘community engagement’ a passive exercise. Communities are often only invited to comment on decisions which have already
The project was designed as an ethnographic study of one place, chosen by the wider Local Knowledge in Context Programme, referred to hereafter as Cwm Dyffryn. Aims The main aims of this project were as follows: To explore the ways in which young people understand the
Power, agency and participatory agendas: A critical exploration of young people's engagement in participative qualitative research
This article critically explores data generated within a participatory research project with young people in the care of a local authority, the (Extra)ordinary Lives project. The project involved ethnographic multi-media data generation methods used in groups and...
Moving stories: using mobile methods to explore the everyday lives of young people in public care
In this article we explore the ways in which mobile research methods can be utilised to create enabling research environments, encounters and exchanges, generating time and space for participants and researchers to co-generate and communicate meaningful understandings of...
'Becoming participant': problematizing 'informed consent' in participatory research with young people in care
This article problematizes the slippery notion of `informed consent' and its negotiation in participatory longitudinal ethnographic research with children and young people. It does so within the context of new ethical bureaucracies (Boden et al., in press; Hammersley, 2006)....
The everyday lives of children in care: using a sociological perspective to inform social work practice
In: Luckock, Barry and Lefevre, Michelle eds. Direct work: social work with children and young people in care , London: British Association for Adoption & Fostering, pp. 77-94.