Professor Emeritus Alan Prout


Aspects of childhood and schooling-related topics that intersect with understanding children in their wider social context.

I joined the University of Leeds in July 2013 as a part-time member of staff. I have worked in the sociology of childhood for many years and held appointments at the universities of Cambridge, Keele, Hull, Stirling and Warwick.

I was Director of the ESRC “Children 5-16 Research Programme” and am author of numerous books and papers in the social study of childhood. I have joined the Childhood and Inclusive Education team but also have a wider remit for developing research and scholarship in the School.

Although I have also contributed to the sociology of health and illness, my main work has been in the sociology of childhood. I have contributed key theoretical texts to the field such as Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood, Theorizing Childhood and The Future of Childhood and empirical studies of childhood sickness, family health practices, childhood asthma, participation in public services and children’s use of e-toys.

I helped to develop and deliver the MA in Childhood Studies. In 2017 I retired and was made Professor Emeritus.

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