Exploring Childhood Studies in the Global South Project


The Southern Childhoods Network is one component of the ‘Exploring Childhood Studies in the Global South’ project managed by Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh at the University of Sheffield, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth and funded by the British Academy Rising Star Scheme.

The project, overall, seeks to bring together researchers exploring childhood and children’s lives in diverse contexts in the Global South to engage in theory development using the various empirical studies that have been produced on Southern childhoods as a starting point for dialogue and action.


The central questions of this project are:

1)How, if at all, do theoretical concepts relating to childhood research in the North transfer to various social, cultural and political contexts in the Global South?

2) What are the key theoretical priorities for child-focused researchers working in diverse contexts in the Global South and why?/What theoretical concepts do childhood researchers focusing on Southern childhoods find most useful and why?

3) How can these theoretical priorities identified by child-focused researchers working on Southern childhoods be better reflected in dominant discourses within the interdisciplinary field of childhood studies?

4) What challenges exist which may prevent the incorporation of theories developed by academics focusing on Southern childhoods into more dominant discourses surrounding childhood studies?


These questions will be addressed through two initiatives in particular:

1) The organisation of a three-day workshop in January 2016 for childhood academics and researchers with various levels of experience working within diverse Southern contexts including those based within institutions in the South.

2) The development of a website which will host the following:

a. The Southern Childhoods Network which is a virtual network of childhood scholars, policy-makers and practitioners which seeks to facilitate dialogue, action and collaboration.

b. An online database of childhood researchers and academics focusing on the Global South.

c. A database of open access articles in English, French and Spanish with a particular focus on childhood and children’s lives in the Global South.

d. Webinars facilitated by key academics in the area of global childhood studies


The Southern Childhoods Network


The Southern Childhoods Network, hosted on this website, is one element of the project and seeks to facilitate dialogue, information exchange and collaboration amongst all those working on, or exploring, childhood and children’s lives in the Global South. The network will provide participants – regardless of location – the opportunity to share ideas, explore possibilities for collaboration, share recent research findings and seek advice from others.


Project Team

Project Manager – Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh

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Afua Twum-Danso Imoh is a Lecturer in the Sociology of Childhood at the University of  Sheffield. She holds a PhD from the Centre of West African Studies at the University of  Birmingham which focused on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Ghana. Since completing her PhD, her research has focused on the changing nature of parent–child relationships, the impact of cultural values such as reciprocity, respect, and responsibility on universal children’s rights standards, and the impact of globalization on the concept of childhood. Her work has been published in a number of edited collections as well as in peer-reviewed journals. She is the co-editor of two edited volumes: Childhoods at the Intersection of the Global and the Local (published by Palgrave in October 2012) and Children’s Lives in an Era of Children’s Rights: The Progress of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Africa (published by Routledge in December 2013). She is member of the Centre for the Study of Childhood at the University of Sheffield and in that role she convenes the Global Childhoods Group which includes the management of a mailing list with 250 members from diverse countries around the world.
Full profile available here.

Project Administrator – Ms Tuyet Ngo Thuy Anh

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Tuyet Ngo has a Masters degree in Children, Youth & International Development from Brunel University. With 9 years of experience in project planning & management, Tuyet was taken on board to support the development of this networking website and the organization of events for the Exploring Childhood Studies in the Global South project. She has extensive experience in working with children and young adults in educational and informal settings in the UK and Vietnam. She also works as a consultant for NGOs focusing on social-emotional development support projects for vulnerable children in Southeast Asia. She is a member of the Global Childhoods Group which is based at the Centre for the Study of Childhood & Youth at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests include: the globalization of the concept of childhood, perceptions of local practitioners on the implementation of international children’s rights standards and the dynamics of partnerships in international development.


Project Mentor

Professor Alan Walker


Professor Alan Walker is a Professor Social Policy and Social Gerontology at the University of Sheffield and a Fellow of the British Academy. Full bio available here.

Professor Penny Curtis

Professor Penny Curtis is Professor of Child and Family Health and Wellbeing at the University of Sheffield and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth. Full bio available here.

If you are interested in joining the network, click here to register.

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