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Prof Priscilla Alderson
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
Appointment
  • Emeritus Professor
  • IOE - Social Science
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

  • 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
    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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