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Dr Kirrily Pells
Room 301
18`Woburn Square
Tel: 0207 911 6115
  • Lecturer in Childhood
  • IOE - Social Science
  • UCL Institute of Education
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Research Summary

My research and teaching are in the field of childhood studies and my work concerns global childhoods and children's rights especially in relation to poverty, intersecting inequalities and violence. I have focused on children's lives in the aftermath of conflict and conducted research in Rwanda and Bosnia. My current work is investigating memories in childhood and intergenerational relations. 

I am a Research Associate with the Young Lives study, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, where my research focuses on the intersections and dynamics between structural and symbolic violence with interpersonal violence in the lives of children and youth in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam.  I am also interested in the impact of policies and programmes on children’s lives and the relationships between research, policy and practice. 

Teaching Summary

I teach on the MA Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights on the following modules:

Children's Rights in Practice (module leader)

Researching Childhood (module leader, 2018-2019)

Dissertation module (module leader, 2018-2019)

Theories of Childhood and Society 

I also teach on the following:

Sociology of Childhood (BSc Social Science, module leader) 

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