Staff profile

Judith Szenasi

Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Judith Szenasi


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a lecturer with the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies. I have been with the University for a number of years and have taught on several different programmes: Health and Social Care, Community Regeneration and Development, Social Work, Education Studies, Sociology, and Youth and Community work.

My research interests are focused around new arrivals, refugees and migrants and inclusion. I have worked for a number of years in community settings with families and children and I am keen to promote issues of equality and social justice with marginalised communities.

Teaching responsibilities

I am responsible for teaching the following modules:

Professional interests

My professional interests are centred around promoting positive change in policy and communities of practice. In particular, how the process of change can bridge the gap between social justice and exclusion and forge sustainable, inclusive and just communities. Community development is one such approach which I value, as a way of working with communities in local neighbourhoods around issues that are most important to pre-school children and parents. Genuine participation and collaborative working are key principles which I value, which requires conscious practice constructed around issues such as social justice and self-determination.

Research interests

I am interested in researching how newly arrived parents from the global south adopt or resist childcare practices from the global north. In particular, issues concerned with parents and children's agency and identity which are within neighbourhood communities constantly changing, reconstructed and repositioned within hegemonic discourses of 'vulnerability' and the 'excluded other'.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a Fellow of the HEA


Recent conferences

2016 International Europen Teachers Network IMPACT Conference  - Enschede The Netherlands. Presented a paper on Identity, Belonging and Community - Imagining Refugee Children's Inclusion

Experience in industry

I have worked for a number of years in a local Sure Start Children's Centre as a Community Development Practitioner, managing a team of Early Years professions and Community Development workers. I have worked in many different statutory and third sector organisations and I have over 20 years of experience of working with children and their families in rural and urban contexts.

International experience

I worked in the Sultanate of Oman for a short period of time which was a partnership with the University of Nizwa and The Institute of Education in London on an inclusive practice undergraduate degree programme for Omani students.

Additional interests and activities

I am a stage 2 Tutor for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood programme and help students with their practice placements.

Recent publications

2010 Chapter: "I am a Certain Person When I Am Here, It is not Who I Am - Refugees' Voices within Communities of Change. in Lavia, J. & Moore, M. (2010) Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Policy and Practice - Decolonizing Community Contexts. London: Routledge.