CFP – Child Participation in Academic Research: Ethical and Practical Issues

Call for Papers – PhD Students

The University of Nottingham Postgraduate Children and Childhood Network is delighted to be hosting a research conference at the University of Nottingham on Friday the 15th of May, 2015. Reflecting the recent substantial growth in research on and involving child participation, the conference will serve as an excellent opportunity for PhD students involved in research with children to explore this critical and topical theme. The conference seeks to explore the extent to which children and young people should be involved in research that impacts on their lives, and the ethical and practical issues that arise when researchers undertake this style of research. We are interested in how these issues permeate the entire research process, from initial design to dissemination, and therefore welcome papers from PhD researchers at all stages.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
·         Procedural and situated ethical issues in researching with children
·         Methodological problems and dilemmas
·         Experiences of using participatory/innovative methods
·         Working with ‘gatekeepers’
·         The positionality of the researcher

In addition to presentations by PhD researchers, the conference will feature a keynote lecture on the conference topic by Associate Professor Ellen Townsend (Psychology, University of Nottingham).  The conference will also include an expert panel of academics with extensive track records in research on various aspects of children’s lives. The conference will be a prime opportunity to network with PhD students from across the UK.

Abstracts (up to 250 words) are invited for submission by Midday on Tuesday 17th March.
Brief proposals for poster presentations are also welcome by this date

Presentations will last for 15 minutes and will be followed by opportunities for questions and discussion.

The conference is open to all current PhD candidates working on research involving children across all academic disciplines.

Please email your abstract and the title of your paper to: with your name, institutional affiliation and role.

For more information about the conference and the Postgraduate Children and Childhood Network, please visit our website at: