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Dr Jane Brown

(Former employee or visitor)


  • 1984: BA (Hons) Sociology (University of York)
  • 1985: Diploma in Art Therapy (University of Sheffield)
  • 1998: PhD Social Policy (University of Glasgow)

My interest in children was established early in my career whilst working in residential care and therapeutic settings with children with behavioural difficulties. I subsequently trained as an art therapist, and then specialised in work child protection working with children and young people. My practice as an art therapist led me to the topic of my doctoral research which examined early educators' views regarding sexuality in pre-school children. I started life as a researcher in 1992, observing children giving evidence in court room situations. Since then, I have worked on a range of projects, all of which relate in some way to understanding the lives of children and young people (Funded by ESRC, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Health Education Board for Scotland, Scottish Government, Barnardoes). I am the Ethics Officer for Moray House School of Education. I am the co-ordinator of the SERA: 'Citizenship and Democracy Network'.

Current Research Interests

I am interested in the ways in which the social study of childhood can inform how we understand children and young people's everyday experiences of schooling. My specific areas of interest include:

  • Citizenship and democracy in schools.
  • Violent behaviour in children and young people.
  • The phenomenon of school violence and school surveillance, including the deployment of CCTV technologies in schools.
  • School design and behaviour.
  • Qualitative methodologies and researching the social worlds of children and young people.
  • Research ethics.

I am happy to supervise research under the headings above and currently supervise doctoral students in the area of education for citizenship and bullying in schools.

Collaborative Activity

I am currently undertaking research investigating citizenship and transition in secondary and primary schools in Scotland. This is funded by the Gordon Cook Foundation co-applicant with Dr Hamish Ross, University of Edinburgh (September 2012-June 2013).

  • Evaluation of the Five Nations Programmme see http://www.fivenations.net/. January 2012-October 2012. Funded by the Gordon Cook Foundation PI.
  • Pilot: Citizenship and values education in primary schools facing challenging socio-economic circumstances. Funded by the Five Nations Network with Hamish Ross. October 2011-September 2012.
  • BERA Insight: Violence in Mainstream Schools across the UK. July 2009-February 2010 Funded BERA. PI with Dr Mandy Winterton, Jen Ross University of Edinburgh, Professor Michele Burman University of Glasgow. BERA website
  • Evaluation of the All Wales School Liaison Core Programme. 2009-10 Funded by the Welsh Assembly. With Professor Sheila Riddell, Dr Joan Stead, Dr Gwynedd Lloyd, Dr Adela Baird, University of Edinburgh.
  • An exploratory study of school geographies and the management of pupil behaviour, including attitudes towards the use of CCTV. technologies. Internal Funding. PI with Professor Mary Simpson.
  • Research into Behaviour in Scottish Schools in 2009. 2008-09 Funded by the Scottish Government. With Professor Pamela Munn, Dr Gwynedd Lloyd, Dr Stephen Sharpe, Dr Gale Macleod, Dr Gillean Mcluskey and Dr Lorna Hamilton, University of Edinburgh.

Research activities & awards

  1. SERA Conference 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. "Young Citizens and Society: Fostering Civic Participation" Conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. ECER Conference 2016 - Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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