Current research

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship: The emergence of literacy in very young children: place and materiality in a more-than-human world

I am a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2020). My project is entitled “The emergence of literacy in very young children: place and materiality in a more-than-human world.” Working ethnographically in community settings in Northern England, I will investigate the role of place, materiality and the body in the emergence of literacy in young children between the ages of 12 and 36 months.

Naming the World

I am part of this international collective looking at how children name their world. We are exploring posthumanism and new materialism as routes for rethinking early childhood literacy.

How do families with under fives experience museums? (2016-2017)

This research is being carried out in collaboration with Humber Museums Partnership, a consortium of museums who are developing new approaches for working with children aged under five year. Along with my colleagues Lisa Procter and Christina MacRae, as are asking two research questions:

  • How do under 5s and their families use and experience the museum spaces in Humber?
  • How do museums identify their strengths for family audiences with young children under five years?

Creative Families (2015-2016)

A consultancy and research project on behalf of Cape UK, which involved developing research led guidance materials for a new Creative Families Award, a programme to be delivered to families with 1-4 year old children in museums.

Sounds of Childhood (2015)

This research drew on spatial theory and arts based research methodologies to explore how children experience and interpret sound in the environment.
With PI Lisa Procter.

Community Arts Zone (2014)

Funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Canada. The PI is Professor Jennifer Rowsell, Brock University.

I am currently writing publications drawing on this international research project, which looked at community, literacy and arts practice.

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