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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 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: Childhoods Real and Imagined (2013 Routledge) and
    The Politics of Childhoods Real and Imagined (2016 Routledge).
    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

    • Fortnightly seminars on critical realism continuing the series started by the late Professor Roy Bhaskar, all staff and students are very welcome to attend. Thursday evenings October to March.
    • Occasional introduction and basic refresher free open study days on critical realism
    • MA in Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights
    • PhD supervision
    Adriana Burcigana:  Education about sustainability in Mexican preschool education
    Ziao Qu: Innovations in Special and Inclusive Education in China
    Kate Martin: Young people’s shared decision-making in mental health care units
    Kate Hinds: Philanthropic foundations: public benefit and social change
    Ruth Hunt at University of East London  Baby watching in primary schools

    Convener of the fortnightly Doctoral Reading Group on Critical Realism, 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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