Childhood Research Cluster

What we do

The Childhood Research Cluster is a cross disciplinary, inter-professional collaboration between staff at the University who have a research interest in childhood. The aim of the cluster is to facilitate a broadening of knowledge about established and current thinking, research and practice in the field.

The cluster welcomes colleagues from across the University in an effort to motivate and encourage critical dialogue, research collaboration and active dissemination of research ideas and findings for staff and students, both in the University and outside. The cluster aims to meet on a termly basis, using a themed approach to provide a forum for guest speakers, collaborative working and the presentation of research at all levels.

For further information, please contact the cluster leads: Dr Marco Delgado-Fuentes, Dr Kay Owen, Dr Helen Simmons, or Professor Deborah Robinson, Alistair Turvill or Dr Dominic Petronzi.

What we're working on

Earth, Water, Air

This project involves young children and University of Derby Early Childhood Studies students and staff. It focuses on bringing children, community and cultural institutions together through engagement in a collaborative arts project. It involved Royal Crown Derby museum and other cultural institutions. The project has exhibited at Derby's Arboretum and The Museum for All People in Madrid.

The objectives of the project are: 

For more information, contact project leaders Ellen Yates at or Judith Szenasi at  

Meet the Team