Three core conceptual narratives emerging from our research reflect the breadth of children’s experiences and the way different aspects of their lives are interlinked and influence each other.
Poverty and associated risks can have profound implications for children that last throughout their lives and affect future generations. Our life-course perspective highlights what matters most at which age points, how far influences in early childhood are critical for long-term outcomes, the ways they may have cumulative effects as children grow up, as well as the scope for intervention at various points.
Poverty, deprivation and risk are concentrated in particular social and economic groups or localities, with dramatic disparities in child development outcomes. This stream of our work explores the extent of inequalities between groups of children and how these inequalities change and accumulate over time, affecting children’s development and, through this, the opportunities open to them.
Children’s development and well-being are significantly influenced by their family and community environment, with economic and social change, including the rise of formal education, having profound implications for children. Our findings highlight the tensions between ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ attitudes and practices affecting children and young people and show how children's lives are changing at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
We also conduct more specific, sector-aligned research on core topics that matter for children at different age points – particularly in relation to their nutrition and health, education and learning, and gender and adolescence.
|Transitions and life-events|
|Adolescence and young people|
|Changing children's lives|
|Mobility and migration|
|Illness and injuries|
|Early marriage and FGM|