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John H McKendrick

Professor John H McKendrick is a co-director of the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) in the Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. His research and professional interests straddle three areas: poverty, play and children's environments.

McKendrick seeks to inform the work of those who tackle poverty in Scotland, the UK and the EU. This includes 'Poverty in Scotland 2014: The Independence Referendum and Beyond'
( and Poverty in Scotland 2016: Tools for Transformation (

Between 1997 and 2017, he was on the board of directors of Play Scotland, researching and publishing on children's play; his co-authored paper 'Children's outdoor play: exploring parental concerns about children's safety and the changing nature of childhood' (with Gill Valentine) has been cited more than 300 times.

McKendrick is a Committee Member of the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group, and provides research support to GCU's Caledonian Club . He has published widely on the role of neighbourhood and environment in enhancing (or hindering) children's well being.

He also writes books and articles on cycling in Scotland and is a Trustee of the Tartan Army Children's Charity.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University