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The Network for Innovation and Research with Children and Young People (NIRC) brings together international scholarship in innovative research that involves children and young people as co-researchers and co-constructors of knowledge. It aims to explore the diversity of global childhoods by presenting perspectives and experiences of children themselves. NIRC particularly wants to promote the visibility of children's perspectives and experiences from underrepresented contexts, such as those from the Global South and from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Upcoming Events & Opportunities

NIRC regularly organizes online and offline events (e.g. research seminars, public workshops, masterclasses) to showcase recent projects by global scholars, facilitate knowledge exchange in the field, promote public awareness of children's perspectives, and train researchers in doing research with children and young people. If you want to present about your research and/or host a NIRC event, please get in touch with us via


GCRG Hybrid Symposium 2023

Friday, 8 Sep 2023 09:30 - Mon, 11 Sep 2023 11:30 (BST)

The Global Childhoods Research Group (GCRG) at the University of Nottingham is hosting five international scholars in September 2023. We would like to invite those interested in global childhood studies to join conversations on some current topics in the field. It is also an opportunity to network with the invited speakers and beyond. The five speakers are:

  • Dr Laetitia Coles, University of Queensland, Australia 

  • Professor Catherine Compton-Lilly, University of South Carolina, USA

  • Dr Amanda Levido, Queensland University of Technology, Australia 

  • Professor Marek Tesar, University of Auckland, New Zealand

  • Professor Annette Woods, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

The symposium will take place over two half-days. You are welcome to join one or both of the days, online or face-to-face. For more information and to register, please click "Read More" to visit the following website.


Children's participation in environmental education: Chinese, English and Indonesian experiences

Thursday, 28 Sep 2023 (10:00-11:30 BST)


Dr Frans Kruger, School of Education, University of Nottingham, UK 


1. Towards children’s democratic participation: Co-constructing place-based pedagogies for early years environmentalism in England

Dr Francesca Salvi, School of Education, University of Nottingham, UK 

2.  Connecting Chinese urban children with nature: The power of outdoor and nature play

Dr Junqing Zhai, College of Education, Zhejiang University, China 

3. Beyond the Western, Secular, and Middle-Class Environmental Education: A Case Analysis of an Eco-Pesantren in Indonesia

Dr Teguh Wijaya Mulya, Faculty of Psychology, University of Surabaya, Indonesia

Please join via Zoom using the below details. No registration required.
ZOOM Meeting ID: 926 8693 8965
Passcode: 178989

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Call for Proposals for Special Issues:

Children & Society 2025

by 31st October 2023

Children & Society’s editorial board welcomes proposals for Special Issues for 2025 to be submitted to the journal editors by 31st October 2023 for consideration. Proposals should be submitted via email to Shangyuan Liu, commissioning editor ( We will aim to respond to you within approximately six weeks when the proposals have been considered by the 
Editorial Board.

Potential guest editors should submit a proposal of no longer than 3 pages covering:

  • Rationale: The timeliness, importance and international interest of the topic.

  • Fit with Children & Society’s aims and scope.

  • Indicative contents (if not an open call): Titles, authors and abstracts should be provided, including an editorial.

  • Timetable, indicating deadlines for submissions, review process, revisions and final submissions to C&S in early 2025 (for May publication, issue 3) or middle 2025 (for December publication, issue 6). Guest editors should also clarify whether they will be including an open call for papers and if so factor this into their timetable.

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International Partners

NIRC was initially founded with financial support from University College London- Zhejiang University Global Partnership Fund. It has since then received support from other institutions. Our key partners are listed below:


University College London

United Kingdom


Zhejiang University



The University of Nottingham

United Kingdom


Brunel University London

United Kingdom

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