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The Children's Research Centre (CRC) was established in 2004 by Professor Mary Kellett to support children and young people to undertake their own research. The impetus for this Centre can be traced back to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, that children are the ‘experts’ of their own lives and they have the right to participate in everything that has impact on them. Mary worked with numerous young researchers in the UK, Australia, Kuwait and Turkey with the aim of emancipating their voices and promoting their participation in society. Alongside this important work, Mary developed a range of resources (e.g. Kellett, 2005) to help adults develop the research skills of young researchers. During this time, Sue Bucknall authored a book for primary teachers (Bucknall, 2012) based on her PhD research with the CRC.

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Researchers within the Children's Research Centre are drawn from a range of disciplines including childhood studies, education, sociology, early childhood, psychology and technology enhanced learning.  All share a passion for working with children and young people using a range of innovative and participatory methods to explore their lived experiences.