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Tania de St Croix

Lecturer in the Sociology of Youth and Childhood


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About me
I am involved in research and teaching on education policy, youth and community work, and child and youth studies. I have been a youth and community worker for many years and am currently a member of a youth workers' co-operative, Voice of Youth in Hackney, and actively involved in the In Defence of Youth Work forum. I am a member of the Centre for Public Policy Research.


My primary research area is the policy and practice of children's and young people's services, with a focus on issues of equality, participation and democracy. I am currently working with Louise Doherty to research how young people and youth workers experience evaluation and outcomes frameworks. My recently published book, Grassroots Youth Work: Policy, Passion and Resistance in Practice, draws on a three year qualitative research project investigating how youth workers experience a working context dominated by managerialism and marketisation in times of austerity. I am interested in young people's and children's experiences of education and everyday life in a changing policy context. I have also been involved in research on the importance of human relationships in higher education, and on gender equality in academia. I draw on critical theory from a number of areas including the sociology of education policy, feminism, anarchism and activist scholarship. I am committed to sharing my research with practitioners, young people and other members of the public in a range of ways, including through creative workshops and collaborative discussions.

For publications and further information please see my research profile.


I am the Programme Director for the MA Education, Policy and Society and teach on courses related to this MA. I am part of the (International) Child Studies programme team, and coordinate the module, Global Childhoods. I also contribute more widely to teaching in the department, including supervising doctoral students in the areas of youth, play and community work; sociology of youth; and anti-oppressive, critical and democratic approaches to education.

I am an external examiner for the BA Youth and Community Work at Ruskin College, Oxford.

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