Professor Alan Prout (Sociology and Childhood Studies, University of Leeds)

Professor Alan Prout is a Professor of Sociology of childhood. A pioneer in and also a critical examiner of the so-called New Social Studies of Childhood, Professor Prout is Editorial Associate Board Member for Children and Society, Editorial Board member for Global Studies of Childhood, and Series Editor of The Future of Childhood, a book series published by FalmerRoutledge. He is author of The Future of Childhood: Towards the Interdisciplinary Study of Children (RoutledgeFalmer, 2005), and co-author of Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood (Falmer Press, 2nd Edition, 1997) and Theorizing Childhood (Polity Press, 1998). Edited books include: Children, Young People and Social Inclusion (Policy Press 2006); Hearing the Voices of Children: Social Policy for a New Century (Falmer Press, 2003); and The Body, Childhood and Society (Macmillan, 2000). Professor Prout’s current research interests include children’s participation, change and continuity in post-war childhood, and children and technology.

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Professor Pia Christensen (Anthropology and Childhood Studies, University of Leeds)

Professor Pia Christensen’s research focuses on children and young people’s agency in everyday life through the lens of ethnography. She has worked with children aged 3-18 years old in families, day-care settings, schools and local communities in England and Denmark. In her research she has discussed different aspects of children and young people’s everyday experiences including health, well-being and self-care; time and transitions; the meaning of food; risk engagement and management. Professor Christensen’s most recent research concerns children and young people’s mobility, citizenship and participation in new sustainable communities in the UK. Her theoretical interests focus on children’s agency, perception, sensuous experiences and the body, space and place. She has published extensively on the above mentioned topics and also written about methodological and ethical questions in research with children, including Research with Children: Perspectives and Practices (second edition 2008) and Children in the City: home, neighbourhood and community (2003).

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Professor Eva Johansson (Early Childhood Education, University of Stavanger)

Professor Eva Johansson is an experienced researcher in early years education with an extensive research and publication profile. She has been involved in several early education national and international research projects focusing on values and values education in early childhood contexts. Johansson serves as a scientific leader of the recently initiated Nordic research project on values and gender in early childhood education, Values education in Nordic preschools: Basis of education for tomorrow. Professor Johansson is also engaged in an Australian Research Council funded project investigating how school and policy contexts in the early years support children’s moral and social values learning and active citizenship. She has written several books and articles addressing preschool teacher education and the field of practice.

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Professor Astri Andresen (Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen)

Professor Astri Andresen is a Norwegian historian, who specializes in the history of childhood, minority history and history of medicine and health. She has published on the history of child protection, children’s healthcare and juvenile delinquency, among other topics. She has discussed the history of childhood with a special emphasis on methodological and multidisciplinary approaches, for example gender issues and the history of the Nordic welfare state. Professor Andresen has also investigated the contested history of Sami people and Saminess in Norway. She has published widely on the history of medicine and health care. Professor Andresen is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. She is a member of the board in The European Association for the History of Health and Medicine, and she is on several international advisory boards. Her current projects deal with two major themes: the history of Sami people in Norway from 1750 to the present day, and with methodological issues in the history of science.

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Development Manager Mikko Oranen (National Institute for Health and Welfare, Oulu)

Mr Mikko Oranen works as a Development Manager at the National Institute for Health and Welfare under the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. His main responsibility is to support and enhance the development of child protection on a National level. He is especially interested in the role of service users participation in child protection work and the interaction of professionals and clients. He has been actively involved in many projects engaging children and young people to evaluate and develop open services and substitute care. He was a member of the facilitator team in the tour organized by the Ombudsman for children focusing on young peoples experiences of substitute care. The team’s report: “Nurturing hopes, encouraging dreams – Recommendations of young people for enhancing the quality of child protection and substitute care” has had a great impact on recent discussions about the situation of child protection system in Finland and has also affected Government’s policy.