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Prof Priscilla Alderson
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Emerita Professor
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

  • BA (Hons), PhD
  • Professor Emerita of Childhood Studies
  • Department: Social Research Institute 
  • Centre: Social Science Research Unit

  • Overview:
  • I began working in services and advocacy for children during the 1960s. My first degree was in English at Birkbeck London Univeristy, my PhD in Sociology: 'Parents' Consent to Paediatric Cardiac Surgery' at Goldsmiths London University. I have worked in research since 1984 and at SSRU since 1991.
  • Research Summary

    Research interests
    Sociology of childhood and young people; children's rights; critical realism; research ethics; child health, illness and disability; inclusive education; interdisciplinary research on childhood in politics, economics and ecology.
    Latest books: 
    Critical Realism for Health and Illness Research: A Practical Introduction. (2021). Bristol: Policy Press.
    With Virginia Morrow, V. (2020) The Ethics of Research with Children and Young People: A Practical Handbook. London: Sage, fourth version.
    Childhoods Real and Imagined (2013 Routledge) and
    The Politics of Childhoods Real and Imagined (2016 Routledge)


    Current research
    Children's and parents' consent to heart surgery 2018-2021. Funded by the British Heart Foundation. Principal Investigator Professor Katy Sutcliffe, postdoctoral researcher Dr Rosa Mendizabal.

    Teaching Summary


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