Dr Hayley Davies

Dr Hayley Davies


I joined the School of Education in September 2015. Previously I spent four years as a lecturer and a year as a postdoctoral research associate at King’s College London (2010-2015). My prior appointments include research fellow, Westminster University (2008-2009) and visiting lecturer at the University of Warwick (2009-2010), where I conducted my PhD, Masters in Social Research and BA in History and Sociology.


  • MA Childhood Studies Programme Leader

Research interests

My research is located in the social studies of childhood, studies of family and personal life. I am interested in children’s perspectives on and experiences of their family and relational lives. In particular, my work is concerned with the ways in which children develop intimate relationships with others, navigate and maintain relationships in the context of familial and relational challenges. I also have an interest in how children’s views can be used to consider and critique policy that affects them. My book explores many of these issues: Davies, H. (2015) Understanding Children’s Personal Lives and Relationships.  

I have recently completed the project 'Keeping each other safe: using animations in teaching children safeguarding strategies'  (funded by the University of Leeds Social Sciences Institute/ESRC IAA). The project has involved working with the Social Enterprise Families Feeling Safe in developing three safeguarding animations (on bullying, domestic abuse and child sex abuse) and resources for professionals to use with children aged 7-13. One of the animations (on bullying) is available to view on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8eqdWLxlTE

I am the programme leader for the MA Childhood Studies and I also lead on a number of the BA modules and contribute to doctoral supervision. 

Interviewed on children’s perspectives on family surnames, for ‘Thinking Allowed’, BBC Radio 4 (October 2011) 

Interviewed by Faculti Media on 'Shared Parenting or Shared Care?. Davies, H. (November 9, 2012) Shared parenting: Can a one-size-fits-all approach actually work? 

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  • Postgraduate certificate in Academic Practice
  • PhD in Sociology
  • Masters in Social Research
  • BA in History and Sociology

Student education

I deliver research-based teaching on a range of BA and MA Childhood Studies modules which focus on the social construction of the child, family and personal relationships which are examined in the context of children's lived experiences. I also deliver teaching on child and family policy, specifically, the relationship between the child, family and the state, and the realisation of children's rights.

Research groups and institutes

  • ICY: Inclusion, Childhood & Youth Research Centre
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