Current Projects

Projects listed by research focus

Childhoods, families and relationships
Childhoods, networks and dispersed intimacies: a creative ethnography of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon This research aims to better understand refugee youths’ emotional lives, critically investigating how forcibly displaced children are connected to others and to places, near and far.
Digital Families Research Network This project will bring together parenting organisations, practitioners and researchers to share what we have already learned about technology and family life, and to discuss the main issues facing families in Scotland today.
Futures and Family: Italy, Spain and the UK The aim of this study is to develop our understanding of how different circumstances and uncertainties in the present impact on how people see their futures.
Growing up in Protracted Crises: Refugee Youth Experiences of Transitions to Adulthood in Uganda & Jordan 600 million young people live in fragile or conflict affected areas across the globe and over half of refugee populations are under the age of 18. With little detailed information on the experiences of children and youth affected by protracted crises, this research will gather primary data directly from young people in order to explore how dimensions such as age, gender, culture, nationality, and location affect transitions.
Growing up on the streets Growing up on the Streets is an innovative participatory research project following the lives of young people as they live and grow up on the streets of three African cities. It aims to bridge the gap between legislation and political attitudes, and street children’s realities.
GUS – Growing Up in Scotland GUS is one of the largest longitudinal studies ever done in Scotland and follows the lives of a national sample of Scotland’s children from infancy through to their teens.
International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada) CRFR is part of the recent grant (2016-19) awarded to the International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership, to explore how children’s participation can be monitored in the context of child protection.
Language, Place and Identity: exploring children’s linguistic and cognitive development in heritage and community languages This research aims to explore children’s experiences of and perspectives on multilingualism, across the domains of family, community and school.
This project explores how social workers communicate with children in their everyday practice and how social workers and children involved in these encounters experience and understand them.
Four one-day interdisciplinary and cross-sector seminars will seek to improve the implementation and monitoring of the UNCRC through the development of partnerships between universities, NGOs, child law specialists and children and young people.
Young Edinburgh Action (YEA), is an innovative approach to implementing City of Edinburgh Council’s Young People’s Participation Strategy and is informed by the views of young people and professionals, academic theory and the needs of the council.


Health, caring and well-being
AFFIRM Preventing stillbirths through awareness of fetal movement
Digital outreach/reaching out digitally: Online sharing in the face of emotional distress Drawing on sociological work on emotions, personal relationships and social media the team is aiming to explore trust and empathy through interactionist and narrative methods as well as develop an analytical approach for working across analyses of Twitter data.
Women’s views and experiences of post placental Intrauterine contraception (PPIUC) This research evaluates a new contraceptive service for woman after childbirth; namely provision of intrauterine contraception (to those who choose this method) within 10 minutes of delivery of the placenta.


Evidence-use: evaluation, innovation and participation
IMPACT The IMPACT project aims to promote sustained participation of children and young people in Equally Safe and promote the use of evidence from young survivors of gender-based violence.
Impact Evaluation of Scottish Book Trust’s Bookbug Programme An evaluation of the medium and long term impact of the Bookbug Programme (book-gifting; free song & rhyme sessions) on parents, children and early years professionals throughout Scotland.
What Works Scotland What Works Scotland is a new initiative to improve the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public service development and reform.
What Works Scotland Evidence to Action project What Works Scotland is working with South Ayrshire Council to support evidence-informed decision making in early intervention and prevention around child poverty.
Working across qualitative longitudinal studies: A feasibility study looking at care and intimacy Over the course of the project it will be reflecting, debating and actively demonstrating the feasibility of conducting secondary analysis across existing data from several qualitative longitudinal studies


Work, institutions and civic society: rights and governance
‘A new page: Libraries, austerity and the shifting boundaries of civil society’ Working with libraries, and the neighbourhoods in which they are based, this project is exploring the everyday social worlds of public libraries and the challenges they face under austerity.
Digital Epiphanies – work/family configurations in a digital age Digital Epiphanies is looking at the ways in which digital technologies are reshaping our work and family lives
Future Reserves Research Project This research programme has 4 projects to help identify and understand the range of issues affecting reservist personnel in relation to different parts of their lives – family life, civilian jobs and military life.
Negotiating civilian and military lives: Reserves, families and work This study is investigating individual experiences of negotiating Reserve service, family life and civilian employment.


Gender-based violence
Boys and girls: Transitional constructions of gender-based violence This research is the first investigation into what young people, aged between 5 and 11, think about men’s violence against women.
Changing international policy on violence affecting children in partnership with UNICEF A partnership between UoE and UNICEF has analysed how interpersonal and structural factors affect everyday violence in children’s homes and communities and how negative outcomes could be reduced if violence was prevented.
IMPACT The IMPACT project aims to promote sustained participation of children and young people in Equally Safe and promote the use of evidence from young survivors of gender-based violence.


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