- Professor Kay Tisdall
- Professor of Childhood Policy, Programme Director MSc Childhood Studies and Co-director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
- Social PolicySchool of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of Edinburgh
- 3.27 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LL
- +44 (0)131 650 3930
- Research Interests
- Childhood and Youth Studies, Participation, Children's Rights, Disability and education, Socio-legal
AB (Harvard University)
LLB (Strathclyde University)
PhD (Edinburgh University)
Current and recent research projects include theorising children's participation, investigating school councils, early education and learning across European countries, and contested contact in situations of domestic abuse. I have a considerable interest in the links between policy, practice and academia. From 1999-2003, for example, I held a joint post between the University and Director of Policy & Research at Children in Scotland (the national umbrella agency for organisations working with children and their families).
I established and then convened the MSc/ Diploma in Childhood Studies, an inter-disciplinary postgraduate degree.
I have also held a joint post as Director of Policy & Research, Children in Scotland (1999-2003), as lecturer Department of Social Policy & Social Work (1997-1999) Centre for the Child & Society (1995-1997), University of Glasgow, and Policy and Research Manager Children in Scotland, Edinburgh. (1993-1995)
My current and recent research activities include the following. More information on certain of these projects can be found at http://www.crfr.ac.uk
I am Programme Director of the MSc in Childhood Studies. If you would like more information on the degree, please see the degree webpages.
Scottish Government "Children's experiences of, and views on, issues relating to the implementation of the UNCRC" (2013) Susan Elsley and Emma Davidson. Co-Investigator.
Economic and Social Research Council, Seminar Series. “Revisiting Moral Panics: A Critical Examination of 21st Century Social Issues and Anxieties” (2012-2014) Viviene Cree (University of Edinburgh) and others. Co-Investigator.
Scotland’s Commissioner for Children & Young People “Preliminary Research Study into Child Contact Proceedings for Children Affected by Domestic Abuse” (2012) Legal review of contact-related decisions and qualitative research with key stakeholders. With Fiona Morrison (CRFR) and Cl@n Childlaw. Principle Investigator.
Scottish Government “Early Learning and Childcare Provision: International Review of Policy, Delivery and Funding” policy and statistical review across European countries” (2012) With Ingela Naumann, Alison Koslowski, Caitlin McLean (CRFR) and Eva Llyod (University of East London). Co-investigator.
The Information Commissioner UK “Embedding Information Rights in the Primary and Secondary Education Systems of the United Kingdom” (2011-12) Feasibility Study involving literature and policy review, interviews with key stakeholders and children’s reference groups. With Carole Ewart.
Economic and Social Research Council “Supporting the use of digital media in research with children and young people” (2011-12) Susan Elsley (CRFR) and with Michael Gallagher (University of Glasgow). Co-Investigator.
Scotland’s Commissioner for Children & Young People “Early Years Practice – Consulting with Young Children” (2011) Commissioned review with A. Gadda (University of Edinburgh). Grantholder
Economic and Social Research Council "Children and Young People's Participation: From fashion accesory to part of the fabric" (2011-2012) Follow on Fund with Susan Elsley (University of Edinburgh), Jonathan Sher (Children in Scotland) and Selwyn McCausland (Barnardo's Scotland).
The Leverhulme Trust "Theorising Children's Participation: learning across countries and across disciplines" (2008-2011) Academic Network with R.Hinton (DfID and Oxford University) and colleagues in Brazil, India and South Africa. Intensive national seminars will be held, within a 10 day work programme in each country. Children and young people will be involved during this programme. Over the two years, the network will develop further research, academic writing and associated activities, and engagement activities.
Economic and Social Research Council "Exploring Children's Relationships across Majority and Minority Worlds" (2010-2012) Seminar series with Lynn Jamieson and Sue Milne (University of Edinburgh), Philomena de Lima (UHI Millennium Institute), Samantha Punch (University of Stirling) and Daniel Wight (MRC's School and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow.
The Big Lottery Fund "Having a Say at School: research on pupil councils in Scotland" (2006-2010) http://www.havingasayatschool.org.uk/ Systematic exploration of the predominant structural form of children's participation: school councils. Surveys of Scottish local authorities and a selected sample of primary, secondary and special schools (independent and state sectors); case studies in 6 schools, using a range of quantitative and qualitative methods. With Children in Scotland.
Scottish Executive ‘Evaluation of the Use of intensive support and monitoring services within the children's hearing system' (2005-2007) Consultant to project, which involves statistical data analysis, surveys, focus groups, individual interviews and cost-benefit analysis. Grant held by DTZ Pieda Consulting.
I convene or contribute to a range of courses throughout the University, including:
- Social Policy & Society (Year 1, undergraduate)
- Children's Rights (Honours, undergraduate)
- Childhood and Children's Rights (MSc)
- Listening to Children: Research and Consultation (MSc)
Current and recent topics for supervised PhD students include: family group conferences; data privacy and children; father blogs in Taiwan; antisocial behaviour; early years services in India; young people's wellbeing in Laos; human rights and human development in Pakistan; young people's participation in decision making; young people's voice within UK democratic systems.
Tisdall, E.K.M. (2013) 'The transformation of participation? Exploring the potential of 'transformative participation' for theory and practice around children and young people's participation, Global Studies of Childhood, 3(2): 183-193.
Tisdall, E.K.M. (2013) 'The potential for children's rights in Scotland: Learning from the UNICEF UK report on legal implementation on the UNCRC in 12 countries', Scottish Human Rights Journal, Issue 60.
Tisdall, E.K.M. and Punch, S. (2012) ‘Not so ‘new’? Looking critically at Childhood Studies’, Children’s Geographies, 10(3): 249-264.
Tisdall, E.K.M. (2012) ‘The Challenge and Challenging of Childhood Studies? Lessons from disability studies and research with disabled children’, Children & Society, 26(3): 181-191.
Tisdall, E.K.M. and Morrison, F. (2012) ‘Children's Participation in Court Proceedings when Parents Divorce or Separate: Legal Constructions and Lived Experiences’, in Freeman, M. (ed) Law and Childhood Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 156-173.
Tisdall, E.K.M. (2012) ‘Taking forward children and young people’s participation’, in Hill, M., Head, G., Lockyer, A., Reid, B. and Taylor, R. (eds) Children’s Services: working together, Harlow: Pearson, pp. 151-162.
Tisdall, E.K.M. (2011)’Engaging with families and relationships’, in Jamieson, L., Simpson, R. and Lewis, R. (eds.) Researching Families and Relationships: Reflections on Process, Palgrave Studies in Family & Intimate Life, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Tisdall, E.K.M. (2011) ‘Taking forward children and young people’s participation’, in Hill, M., Head, G., Lockyer, A., Reid, B. and Taylor, R. (eds) Integrated working in children’s services, Harlow: Pearson. (forthcoming)
Tisdall, E.K.M. and Hill, M. (2011) ‘Policy change under devolution: the prism of children’s policy’, Social Policy & Society, 10(1): 29-40.
Tisdall, E.K.M. (2010) ‘Governance and Participation’, in Percy-Smith, B. and Thomas, N. (eds) A Handbook of Children and Young People’s Participation, London: Routledge.
Tisdall, E.K.M, Davis, J.M. and Gallagher, M. (2009) Research with Children and Young People: Research design, methods and analysis, London: Sage.
Tisdall, E.K.M. (2009) ‘The rise of a new profession? Children’s participation workers’ in Allan, J., Ozga, J. and Smyth, G. (Eds) Social Capital, Professionalism and Diversity, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Tisdall, E.K.M. (2009) ‘Equal Opportunities for Children? Anti-Discrimination Law in Great Britain’ Children’s Rights in Scotland, 3nd Edition. Eds. A. Cleland and E. Sutherland. Edinburgh: W. Greens, pp. 62-85.
Tisdall, E.K.M. (2008) ‘Is the honeymoon over? Children and young people’s participation in public decision-making’ International Journal of Children’s Rights, Special Issue (lead editor) 16(3): 343-354.
Tisdall, E.K.M., Davis, J.M. and Gallagher, M. (2008) ‘Reflecting upon children and young people’s participation in the UK‘ International Journal of Children’s Rights, Special Issue (lead editor) 16(3): 419-429.
Tisdall, E.K.M. and Riddell, S. (2006) ‘Policies on special needs education: competing strategies and discourses’ European Journal of Special Needs Education, 21(4): 363-379.
Tisdall, E.K.M. (2006) ‘Antisocial behaviour legislation meets children’s services: challenging perspectives on children, parents and the state’ Critical Social Policy, 26(1): 101-120.
Tisdall, E.K.M. and Bell, R. (2006) ‘Included in Governance? Children’s participation in ‘public’ decision-making’ in Tisdall, E.K.M., Davis, J., Hill, M. and Prout, A. (Eds) Children, young people and social inclusion: participation for what? Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 105-120.
Tisdall, E.K.M. and Prout, A. (2006) ‘Conclusion’ in Tisdall, E.K.M., Davis, J., Hill, M. and Prout, A. (Eds) Children, young people and social inclusion: participation for what? Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 235-246.
Wallace, J., Cree, V., Kay, H. and Tisdall, E.K.M. (2006) ‘Risk and HIV: Schools’ approaches to HIV Education’, Scottish Affairs 55.
Cleland, A. and Tisdall, E.K.M. (2005) ‘The challenge of antisocial behaviour: new relationships between the state, children and parents’ International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 19: 395-420.
Topics interested in supervising
Children's Rights; Children's Participation; Children's and Childhood Policy; Disability issues affecting children; Related socio-legal analysis; Methodologies of research and consultation with children
If you are interested in being supervised by Kay Tisdall, please see the links below for more information: