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

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

  • Overview:
  • I began working in services and advocacy for children during the 1960s. My first degree was in English, my PhD in Sociology: 'Parents' Consent to Paediatric Cardiac Surgery'. I have worked in research since 1984 and at SSRU since 1991. 
  • Book Reviews Editor for International Journal of Children’s Rights  
  • 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: Childhoods Real and Imagined (2013 Routledge) and The Politics of Childhoods Real and Imagined (2016 Routledge). 

    Children's and parents' consent to major medical and surgical treatment  Due to start October 2017. PhD studentship now appointed, funded by the ESRC and Bloomsbury Colleges in association with Birkbeck Philosophy Department, to be co-supervised with Dr Katy Sutcliffe and Professor Susan James. 

    Teaching Summary

    • MA in Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights 

    • PhD supervision
    Kate Martin: Young people’s shared decision-making in mental health care
    Adriana Burcigana:  Education about sustainability in the early years
    Ziao Qu: Innovations in Special and Inclusive Education in China
    Mary Bartlett: Parents’ and children’s consent to major treatment for sickle cell
    Ruth Hunt at University of East London  Baby watching in primary schools

    Convener of the fortnightly Doctoral Reading Group on Critical Realism, all staff and students are very welcome to attend. Critical realism is a philosophy of the natural and social sciences that helps to clarify and validate research in any topic, method or discipline. 

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