School of Education

Leeds Centre for Interdisciplinary Childhood and Youth Research


Director: Professor Pia Christensen

Pia ChristensenSchool of Education

My research focuses on children and young people’s agency in everyday life through the lens of ethnography. I have worked with children aged 3-18 years old in families, day-care settings, schools and local communities in England and Denmark. My main research has investigated different aspects of children and young people’s everyday experiences including health, well-being and self-care; time and transitions; the meaning of food; risk engagement and management. My most recent research concerns children and young people’s mobility, citizenship and participation in new sustainable communities in the UK.

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Deputy Director: Professor Tracy Shildrick

School of Sociology and Social Policy

My research interests span youth transitions, worklessness, poverty and social exclusion. Recent projects include two studies for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looking at the ‘low pay, no pay cycle’ and the idea of ‘intergenerational cultures of worklessness’. I am Deputy Editor of Journal of Youth Studies and Co-Editor of Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. I regularly deliver keynote speeches and invited talks both nationally and internationally. I have been the organizer and co-organizer of several national and international conferences, including the 2015 Routledge and Journal of Youth Studies international conference in Copenhagen .

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