I am a senior lecturer in the Children and Young people group and director of postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Studies at the Open University.
My key area of teaching and research interest focuses on children who are in some way ‘different’, including children with autism, working children, sexually abused children and children with a visible difference. I am interested in ‘difference’ in terms of concepts such as cultural identity, geographical location, gender, ethnicity, age and (dis)ability. My research focuses on three broad areas:
Constructions of child development in contemporary society, including issues of migration and 'culture'
neurological difference and the construction of autism
I am interested in acknowledging 'difference', including difference around gender, 'culture', ethnicity, (dis)ability and geographical location. I have a strong commitment to equal opportunities and valuing diversity.