What we do

The focus of Global Childhoods Research Hub is on the lives and experiences of children from birth to 18 years of age across the world.


Global Childhoods at MGSE will position children’s lives, worldviews and futures at its core. It will connect childhood research and teaching in a clear and cohesive manner, bringing projects from leading academics, early career-researchers, research fellows and doctoral students together around interdisciplinary themes and research problems; including those related to equity, social justice and disadvantage, climate change and sustainability, contemporary learning ecologies, multimodal lives, education systems and children as activists.

This unique research hub contributes to and strengthen the internationalisation of research activity in MGSE and across the University. Researchers in the hub will collaborate with new and well-established global partners that have similar aims and scope and act as a conduit to stimulate new cutting-edge research projects. The hub is located at MGSE which has a global reputation for excellence in educational research and policy. The hub connects people and research problems to facilitate, mentor and activate dialogue and debate, and creates interdisciplinary partners to set innovative and forward-thinking research projects and publications.

Childhoods are not equal within nations and globally. The hub disrupts silo discourses that break up childhoods into age categories to understand the interconnections and disconnections of multiple childhood experiences in their contexts. As the world continues to change through technologies, natural and man-made events or disasters and mobilities the hub responds to the need for new structures and theorising of childhood, children’s capabilities and alternative research and policy narratives to create new possibilities.