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Childhood and Youth Studies

Childhood and Youth Studies

Contributing to realising children and young people’s human rights through research, teaching, policy and practice in childhood and youth studies

Author: CYS

Reading Time: 4 minutes Recent years have seen an increase in the popularity of various forms of nature-based learning (which refers broadly to engagement with nature for the purpose of play, learning, and development), including forest school.

Featured image adapted from the front cover of Children and Society Special Issue

Reading Time: 2 minutes We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new Children & Society special issue, ‘Conceptualising and Researching Child and Youth Activism’. The collection seeks ‘to provide a platform for the range of child and youth activism emerging globally and the participatory methods that contribute to these movements’.

Featured image of the blog article on exploring children's picturebooks' evolving world

Reading Time: 3 minutes The landscape of children’s literature is rapidly evolving, with significant changes in how children interact with picture books. Traditional linear narratives are being challenged by non-linear interactive picture books, offering young readers novel reading experiences. But what exactly are these books? And how do they foster children’s emotional development?

Featured image of the blog - What are play cafes?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Where do young children play in public life?  Are these social and play spaces designed with young children and their communities in mind? What would an ideal social and play space look and feel like from young children’s and their communities’ perspectives? What would an ‘inclusive’/ equitable social and play space look and feel like?

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Reading Time: 2 minutes For those of us involved in childhood research, the suffering of children, the taking of children as hostages, the deaths of children– and there are so many children impacted in these and other ways, in Israel and Palestine – is inexcusable.

Featured image of the blogpost on what can Childhood Studies add to Policy and Practice?

Reading Time: 2 minutes How we conceptualise children and childhood matters. It impacts what we study, how we study it and our conclusions; it also permeates how we form and deliver policy and practice.

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Reading Time: 3 minutes The increasingly hot weather of our planet has dire consequences for humans and other organisms, with flood, fire and drought leading to food insecurity and climate change induced migration.

Featured image of the launch of a new Research Network

Reading Time: 2 minutes Thanks to funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Observatory of Children’s Human Rights Scotland is developing a new Research Network on children’s human rights.

Featured image of the blog reflecting on youth activists

Reading Time: 4 minutes I shared a snapshot of my PhD research project and some emergent findings around the skills, knowledge and values young people conceptualised as key in an informal civic education organisation case study.

Featured image of blog article Investing in child activism

Reading Time: 3 minutes Authors: Kay Tisdall, University of Edinburgh; and Patricio Cuevas-Parra, World Vision International. As childhood researchers and policy experts, we come from a children’s human rights perspective with an extensive interest in supporting children and young people’s participation. For years, we have been exploring the implementation of Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights […]


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