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Dr Rachel Rosen
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

Personal country knowledge
  • Canada
  • UK

Research Summary

My work is located at the intersections of sociology of childhood and materialist feminist thought, with a focus on unequal childhoods, migration and stratified social reproduction. It contributes to key debates about the politics of children and childhood; changing adult-child relations in the context of neo-liberal migration and welfare regimes; and how and to what effect children are involved in migration processes.

My current research is focused on:
  • The care of children, by children, on migration journeys, as well as how these caring practices are taken into account in children's efforts to settle and claim asylum in the UK. I am co-leading the ESRC-funded research project 'Children Caring on the Move': https://ccomstudy.com/
  • The perceived commonalities and conflicts between children’s interests and women’s interests and, more broadly, intersections and antagonisms between feminisms and the politics of childhood. I am the PI on a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants project: Social reproduction in the shadows: migrant mothers and children with “no recourse to public funds”.

Methodologically, I am interested in the ethics and politics of participatory research with children and other marginalised social groups.

Teaching Summary

I am the outgoing programme leader for the MA Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights and teach on:

  • Critical theoretical debates about global childhoods and society (module leader)
  • Researching Childhood (co-module leader)
My other teaching includes:
  • Children's rights in global perspectives (guest lecturer)
  • Feminism and Childhood (core course contributor for MA Gender, Society, and Representation)

I welcome applications from potential doctoral students interested in the politics of children and childhood; care / social reproduction; and child and family migration.
Academic Background
2014   Doctor of Philosophy Institute of Education
    ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
2010   Master of Arts University of East London
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