Elizabeth Richards


Having worked first as a Finance Manager and subsequently a Retail Network Manager for Post Office Counters Ltd, Liz returned to Higher Education in 2004, gaining a first class BA (Hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies and Sociology from Lancaster University in 2008. She went on to complete a post graduate certificate in Pre-doctoral Research in 2010 at Edge Hill University and has been working here at Edge Hill since 2008, lecturing part time for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Faculty of Health, and in Widening Participation. A full-time lecturer of the Childhood and Youth and Early Childhood Studies programmes since 2011, Liz teaches in a number of areas, specializing in Law and Social Policy for Childhood and Youth and Early Childhood Studies. She is currently researching for an MPhil in Childhood Studies using Critical Discourse Analysis as both method and methodology to explore the effect of various articulations of children’s rights and their implications in the academic, political and legislative spheres. With a particular interest in social policy, her research also includes exploration of the ethics of policy and guidance relating to sex/sexuality education for children of primary school age and critical discourse analysis of the citizenship rights of children and young people in the context of the current political climate.


  • Professional Certificate in Management, Open University 1997
  • BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies and Sociology, Lancaster University 2008 (First Class)
  • PG Cert Pre-Doctoral Research, Edge Hill University 2010 (with Distinction)


  • SPY 1081 Introduction to Social Policy and Education Studies (Module Leader)
  • SPY1082 Introduction to Social and Cultural Theory
  • SPY2032 Cultural Practices and Representations of Childhood and Youth
  • SPY 2033 Policy and Law for Young Children and Families (Module Leader)
  • SPY 2035 Policy and Law for Children and Young People (Module Leader)
  • Supervisor for BA (Hons) Dissertations