Inaugural Lecture Series – Professor Tom Cockburn

11th Feb 2016, 6:00pm - 7:15pm

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine


Childhood Studies, Childhood Sociology and Social Justice

Childhood Studies provides a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive approach to studying children. This holistic study of children has a long history and underlies a great deal of the work at Edge Hill University. Recently, influenced by the sociology of childhood, the child has shifted from being an object of research to being subjects in their own right. This has happened at the same time as the growth of children’s rights and the inception of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

Professor Tom Cockburn will critically reflect on the contribution that childhood studies has made to social justice. He will discuss the challenges to an inter-disciplinary childhood studies in the twenty-first century, if it is to be critical of the social inequalities and injustices experienced by children in the world today. He will do so by reflecting on children’s citizenship, children’s rights and social justice both in the UK and abroad.

Professor Cockburn joined Edge Hill in February 2014 as Head of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Science. He has previously worked at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Bradford. He has spent over 20 years researching children, youth and childhood and is well published in both national and international journals, his book Rethinking Children’s Citizenship was published in 2013.

Inaugural lecture series 2015/16 – celebrating the appointment of new professors and allowing the University to showcase its academic talent to a wide audience

This event is part of a wider programme of events taking place at Edge Hill over the coming months as part of the Festival of Ideas 2016, a diverse range of events exploring culture, health and society. The main theme is Imagining Better – envisioning ways for communities, arts and healthcare to develop and flourish, even in times of austerity and inequality.

Details of all events can be found here