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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

Research Summary

My research, teaching, and public engagement is located at the intersections of sociology of childhood and materialist feminist thought, with a focus on unequal childhoods, social reproduction, and migration in neoliberal border regimes. My work explores stratification and bordering of the conditions in which life is made, and made meaningful, and in turn how children and their families in precarious migranthood sustain, weather, evade, care, and engage in solidaristic action. I seek to critically intervene in debates about the politics of children and childhood, and am particularly concerned with cultivating alternatives to child exceptionalism through attention to the disconnect between the symbolic figure of the deserving child and the experiences of marginalised children themselves.

My current research explores these themes through:

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


I am a co-convenor of the Reimagining Childhood Studies project and a member of the editorial board of the journal Childhood.

Teaching Summary

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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