School of Social and Political Science

Laura Wright

Job Title

PhD title: Play-based research to explore child researchers’ psychosocial wellbeing and community participation


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PhD Supervisors

Niamh Moore

Kay Tisdall


Masters of Arts, Global Leadership, Royal Roads University, 2017

Masters of Education, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education (Comparative International and Development Education Specialization), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 2011

Bachelors of Arts, International Relations, University of British Columbia, 2009


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian Government Doctoral Scholarship, (2018-2021)

Principal’s Career Development Scholarship, School of Social Policy, University of Edinburgh (2018-2021)

School of Social Policy Special Award, University of Edinburgh (2018-2021)

Founders Award, Royal Roads University (2017)

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian Government Masters Scholarship (2016)

Academic Teaching and Supervision

University of Edinburgh (March 2018-Present) Edinburgh, United Kingdom

EDUA10204 Children's Rights: Policy and Practice (Jan 2020-Present) Course Organizer

EDUA10156 Childhood Practice Research Project (Oct 2018-Present) Undergraduate Thesis Supervisor

SCIL08011 Sociology Fundamentals (Oct 2019-Present) Course Tutor

PGSP11303 Childhood and Children’s Rights, Masters Childhood Studies (Oct-Dec, 2018, 2019) Course Tutor 

Simon Fraser University (January-April 2019) Vancouver, Canada

HSCI 841 Health Sciences Qualitative Research and Analytical Methods Masters Course, Sessional Lecturer

Academic Publications

Collins, T. & Wright, L.H.V. The Challenges for Children’s Rights in Child Protection-Embracing the Messiness. In Howard, N. & Okyere, S. (Eds.). Are We Really Saving the Children? International Child Rights in the 21st Century. UK: Palgrave. (Forthcoming).

Cox, R., Heykoop, C. Fletcher, Scannel, L., Hill, T. Wright, L.H.V., Alexander, K., Plush, T., Deans, N. (Forthcoming). Creative Action Research. Special Issue: Critical Issues in Socially Just Action Research and Practice. Educational Action Research.

Collins, T., Jamieson, L., Wright, L.H.V., Rizzini, I., Mayhew, A., Narang, J., Tisdall, K.M.E, Ruiz-Casares, M. (2020). Involving Child and Youth Advisors in Academic Research about Child Participation: The Child and Youth Advisory Committees of the International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership. Special Issue: Empirical Findings on Child and Youth Participation in Developing Countries. Children and Youth Services Review, 109 (104569). DOI:

Lee L, Currie, V., Saied, N., Wright, L.H.V. (2020). Journey to hope, self-expression and community engagement: Youth-led Arts-Based Participatory Action Research (PAR) for Social Change. Special Issue: Empirical Findings on Child and Youth Participation in Developing Countries. Children and Youth Services Review, 109(104581). DOI:.

Diaz-Varela, A. & Wright, L.H.V. (2019). Play for Adults-Play-based Approaches in Teacher Training. Special Issue Play and Education. Scottish Educational Review.

Collins, T. & Wright, L.H.V. Advancing the Right To Play for Sustainable Development in International Development Programming. In C. Fenton-Glynn (Eds.). (2019). Children’s Rights and Sustainable Development. UK: Cambridge University Press.

Wright, L.H.V. (2018).Play: Fostering relationships that inspire positive change in young people’s meaningful participation, Canadian Journal on Children’s Rights, 5 (1), 223-253.

Wright, L.H.V. (2017). Creating space for children and young people’s engagement in international conferences. Special Issue: Facilitating Child Participation in International Child Protection. International Journal of Human Rights, 21 (1), 47-58. DOI:

Colucci, E. & Wright, L. (2015). Moving Children’s Participation Forward Article 31-the Right To Play. Canadian Journal on Children’s Rights, 2 (1), 94-110

Wright, L.H.V. Transforming Canada’s Hegemonic Global Education Paradigm Through an Anticolonial Framework. In G.J.S. Dei and P.B. Adjei (Eds.). (2014). Emerging Perspectives on ‘African Development’: Speaking Differently. NY: Peter Lang.

Wright, L.H.V. (2012). Education in Emergencies: Research Methodologies Identifying Successes and Gaps. International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE).

Relevant Work Experience

Over 10 years of experience working with international and community development organizations and research institutions in children's rights, play, child protection, meaningful participation, experiential learning, and participatory research methodologies (E.g. International Institute for Child Rights and Development, Right To Play International, Aga Khan Foundation, and the ResiliencebyDesign Research Lab).

Current Relevant Networks, Boards, Working Groups

Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group, University of Edinburgh (2019-Present)

Canadian Coalition for the Rights of the Child, Board Member, Children’s Participation Committee Lead (2017-Present)

Power to Be Adventure Therapy, Program Committee Member (2017-Present)

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership, Collaborator (2016-Present)

Children’s Rights Academic Network (CRAN) Member (2015-Present)

International Child Protection Network of Canada (ICPNC) Children’s Participation Working Group (2012-Present)

Research interests

Research interests

Research with Children and Young People, Play, Child and Youth Studies, Children's Participation, Participatory Research Methods, Children's Rights, Youth Engagement

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