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Visiting research fellow in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading

Tim Gill is an independent scholar, advocate and consultant on childhood. He focuses on the changing nature of children’s play and free time, and their evolving relationships with the people and places around them. His work cuts across public policy, education, child care, planning, transport, urban design and playwork. It engages with academics, practitioners, policy makers, the media and the wider public. He is a Built Environment Enabler for the UK Design Council, and a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. In 2017 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study child-friendly urban planning. He holds degrees from Oxford University and London University, and an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University. He is a former director of the Children’s Play Council (now Play England).


Churchill Fellow (2017); Honorary Doctorate in Education (Edge Hill University, 2009)