Professor of Childhood Studies Helen Lomax, Senior Research Fellow Kate Smith (Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research) and postgraduate researcher, Amanda Ptolomey (University of Glasgow) are researching with children living in diverse localities in the north of England.

This research prioritises hearing directly from children about the continuing impacts of the pandemic on their lives through collaborative, socially-distanced arts-based methods as well as exploring representations of children in policy and policy reporting.

Facilitated by the team’s expertise in emerging new practices of ‘distanced’ participatory action research, children will visually chronicle their experiences using creative, arts-based media. Findings will be captured in visual outputs from the research to support the exchange of key messages from children to policy makers, educators and other children. The project follows earlier research undertaken by the team - ‘Corona Chronicles’ – which was carried out at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 with children who chronicled life in early national lockdowns and school re-openings.

‘Back Chat’ is funded by the British Academy (grant number: SRG2021\211308) and runs from April 2021-July 2022. 

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