Research = exploring
I believe research contributes to our collective knowledge and understanding. I have undertaken research with children and young people and professionals as well as reviewed existing evidence to inform approaches to services and policy. I have taught courses on research methods at the University of Edinburgh and been a principal or co-investigator on academic research projects.
“I am interested in how we share stories, experiences and ideas so that we understand more and do better.”
“Susan has an holistic overview of the complex issues affecting the full enactment of children’s rights in Scotland, and the impact this has on their optimum development. I find Susan a personable and engaging researcher and writer, with a clear and concise style of delivery, and she consistently produces work that informs improvements in children’s lives.”
Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO
Examples of my work
Led evidence review on children’s views and experiences in partnership with the University of Edinburgh. Commissioned by the Scottish Government.
Research advisor and report author, Learning Lessons, on poverty and education for Save the Children and Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People.
Developed ongoing innovative programme of Continuous Professional Development courses on research with children with Professor Kay Tisdall at the University of Edinburgh.
Principal investigator on development of online resource, Young Digital, for using digital media in research with children. With Kay Tisdall and Michael Gallagher. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Digital Demonstrator Programme.
Doctoral research on children’s views on childhood in children’s books, Heroes or Heroines or Just Like us? Young People’s Views on Childhood in Children’s Books.