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Research interests

Carol's research interests combine theoretical and empirical work focusing on two main areas: the voices, experiences, rights and empowerment of children and young people; and the development of learning and professional knowledge through doctoral study and its enactment in practice. She has led several pupil voice projects in primary, secondary and special schools, helping staff to develop ways of listening to the voices of children and young people. She also led the 'Pupils' Voices' strand of the Cambridge Primary Review of Education in England and was Co-Investigator for the evaluation of UNICEF UK's Rights Respecting Schools Award. Building on this work, she is currently working with Osaka Kyouiku University and the Japanese Ministry of Education to develop a 'Safety Promotion School' award for schools across Japan.

Carol's methodological interests focus on constructivist approaches to research, and within this, particularly favours narrative approaches.

Scholarly biography

Carol started her career as a teacher and taught in secondary schools, pupil referral units and in a college of further education. She completed her PhD at the University of Sussex in 1996 and then took up a post as a Research Fellow within the University of Sussex's Education Faculty. Carol joined the Education Research Centre within the School of Education at the University of Brighton as a Senior Research Fellow in 2008, became a Principal Research fellow in 2011 and an Associate Professor in 2016.

Carol co-leads the Higher Education Pedagogies and Policy Research and Enterprise Group which brings together colleagues from across the university who have an interest in improving learnngn and teaching and informing policy and practice in higher education.

Carol is the Post-graduate lead for Education at the University of Brighton. She previously led the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme at the university and at the Mauritius Institute of Education for six years until September 2015. She now teaches on these programmes and supervises EdD and PhD students.

Supervisory Interests

I currently supervise doctoral students (PhD and EdD), and am interested in supervising new doctoral students, in the following substantive areas:

Children and young people's rights;

Children and young people's human rights education;

Children and young people's voices, experiences and perspectives;

The development of learning and professional knowledge through doctoral study.

I am particularly interested in supervising studies which adopt a constructivist approach.



Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sussex

Sep 1989May 1996

External positions

External Examiner: EdD programme, University of Strathclyde

Jan 2018 → …

External examiner EdD, Birmingham City University

Jan 2017 → …

Member of journal editorail board for the Internatioal Journal of Student Voice

Jun 2016 → …

Department for Education Alalytic research Pool

May 2015 → …

Review for abstracts submitted to the Children's Rights network of European Conference for Educational Research (invited position)

Sep 2013 → …

Member of journal editorial board for the International Journal of Educational Research

2013 → …

Member of journal editorial board for Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

2013 → …

Member of jounral editorial board for Education Action Research

2012 → …


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school Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
children's rights Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
pupil Social Sciences
UNO Social Sciences
teacher Social Sciences
mentoring Social Sciences

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Research Output 1996 2019

Look who’s talking: Factors for considering the facilitation of very young children’s voices

Wall, K., Cassidy, C., Robinson, C., Kanyal, M., Mitra, D., Beaton, M. & Hall, E., 30 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Early Childhood Research .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
United Nations
educational setting
age group

Engaging with pupils Listening to the voices of children and young people

Robinson, C., 21 Mar 2018, Learning to Teach in the Primary School. Cremin, T. & Burnett, C. (eds.). 4th ed. Oxon: Routledge, p. 393-403 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Human rights education: developing a theoretical understanding of teachers' responsibilities

Robinson, C., Phillips, L. & Quennerstedt, A., 19 Sep 2018, In : Educational Review. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

human rights

International teacher recruitment: understanding the attitudes and experiences of school leaders and teachers

Steill, B., Willis, B., Culliney, M., Robinson, C., Coldwell, M. & Hobson, A., 2018, London: Department for Education. 141 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch

Open Access

Look Who’s Talking: Using Creative, Playful Arts-Based Methods in Research with Young Children

Blaisdell, C., Wall, K., Robinson, C. & Arnott, L., 13 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Early Childhood Research .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
non-verbal communication