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Empowering children by transforming ideas


We are a global network of researchers and advocates who develop childist theory, collaborate on research projects, organize events, generate media, consult with organizations, and catalyze social change.
We are run by an international Advisory Board of experts and collaborate with universities and organizations across the world. Our institutional base is at Rutgers University Camden, US.
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John Wall

John Wall is Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Childhood Studies at Rutgers University Camden, US. He is a theoretical ethicist whose work investigates poststructuralism, ethical theory, historical constructions of childhoods, children's rights, and children's suffrage. He particularly examines how children's lived experiences challenge and transform ethical, social, and political norms across societies. He is also co-director of the Children's Voting Colloquium. Website here.

Sarada Balagopalan
Advisory Board

Sarada Balagopalan is Associate Professor Childhood Studies at Rutgers University Camden, US. Broadly focused on postcolonial childhoods, her inter-disciplinary research engages marginal children’s experiences with compulsory schooling, labor, gendered school-spaces, children’s rights discourses and pedagogies of citizenship, as well as productively drawing upon children’s lives to decenter hegemonic assumptions around childhood. Website here.

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Kate Cairns
Advisory Board

Kate Cairns is Associate Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University Camden, US. Her work brings a feminist perspective to the politics of childhood and explores how young people are positioned as the promise or threat of collective futures. She has investigated these dynamics across diverse sites, including neoliberal education reform, maternal foodwork, and youth urban agriculture. Website here.

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Anandini Dar
Advisory Board

Anandini Dar is Assistant Professor in the School of Education Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi, India. She researches childhood and youth, geographies, migration and diasporas, feminist pedagogy, ethnography and research methods for young subjects. She is a founding member of the Critical Childhoods and Youth Studies Collective (CCYSC). Website here.

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Jonathan Josefsson
Advisory Board

Jonathan Josefsson is Research Fellow in the Department of Thematic Studies, Unit of Child Studies, Linköping University, Sweden. His research interests concern primarily children and child studies, migration politics, political philosophy and ethics. Website here.

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Bengt Sandin
Advisory Board

Bengt Sandin is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Thematic Studies, Unit of Child Studies, at Linköping University, Sweden. He studies the history of childhoods, education, justice systems, and children's citizenship and founded the world's first doctoral program in Child Studies. Website here.

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Tanu Biswas
Associate Director

Tanu Biswas is an associate professor in pedagogy at the University of Stavanger (Norway) and associated researcher with the Doctoral Colleage for Intersectionality Studies at the University of Bayreuth (Germany). She is an interdisciplinary philosopher of education dedicated to challenging children’s historical marginalization by transforming scholarly and social norms, especially in the areas of pedagogy, childism, decoloniality, children's rights, intergenerational climate justice and qualitative methodology. Website here.

Erica Burman
Advisory Board

Erica Burman is Professor of Education, Manchester Institute of Education, The University of Manchester, UK. She is a feminist and childhood researcher, supervisor and consultant working around questions of ‘race’, gender and class inequalities, particularly in relation to mental health and psychological issues and intersections of state and interpersonal violence. She is also a qualified Group Analyst. Website here.

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Daniel Cook
Advisory Board

Daniel Cook is Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University Camden, US. His work focuses on moral configurations of childhood and the child vis-à-vis commercial and economic cultural fields. In particular, he explores the various ways in which tensions between “the child” and “the market” play themselves out in various sites of children’s consumer culture, such as advertising, food, rituals, clothing and media. Website here.

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Afua Twum-Danso Imoh, Advisory Board

Afua Twum-Danso Imoh is Senior Lecturer in Global Childhoods and Welfare in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, UK. Her research focuses on children’s rights and social and cultural norms, parent-child relations, global childhoods, constructions of childhood, and children’s participatory rights, particularly in Ghana and Nigeria. Website here.

Karin Murris
Advisory Board

Karin Murris is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Oulu, Finland, and Emerita Professor of Education, University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is a teacher educator and grounded in academic philosophy and a postqualitative research paradigm with interests in childhood studies, democratic postdevelopmental pedagogies and school ethics. Website here.

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Anna Sparrman
Advisory Board

Anna Sparrman is Professor in the Department of Thematic Studies, Unit of Child Studies, at Linköping University, Sweden. Her research combines theories of visual culture with children, consumption, child culture and sexuality, and addresses how norms and values are enacted between children, adults, and the material world in children's everyday life practices. Website here.

Nathan Walker
Advisory Board

Nathan C. Walker is an instructor at Rutgers University Camden, US, executive director of 1791 Delegates, and manager of The Foundation for Religious Literacy. His scholarship is on First Amendment law, human rights, and children's rights. Website here.

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Hanne Warming
Advisory Board

Hanne Warming is Professor of Sociology and Childhood, and Head of the Research Group ‘Social dynamics and change’ at Roskilde University, Denmark. She is a sociologist in the fields of childhood studies and social work research, as well as policy and practice. Her research fields of expertise include childhood and youth, social work, lived citizenship, social interaction, methodology and ethics in researching childhood research. Website here.

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