John H McKendrick

Dr John H McKendrick is a Senior Lecturer 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. His most recent work is 'Poverty in Scotland 2014: The Independence Referendum and Beyond'

He is also 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 (


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University