Jennifer Davidson

Executive Director, CELCIS, University of Strathclyde

Professor Jennifer Davidson is the Executive Director of CELCIS - the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection and the Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures, at the University of Strathclyde. Professor Davidson’s interests concern the relationship between children’s rights discourse and children’s experiences, and the impact and relevance of international rights and standards to national and regional practice in children's services.

Her leadership of international child rights implementation projects includes her current directorship of the Working Group on Justice for Children on behalf of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies and the Task Force on Justice working to deliver SDG16+. Jennifer’s experience spans North America and Europe, where she has held leadership positions in child and youth care, social work and professional education, and was a founding member of the US National Campaign for the Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.


  • –present
    Executive director, CELCIS, University of Strathclyde