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Professor Martin Woodhead is Associate Research Director of Young Lives. His multi-disciplinary background encompasses theoretical and empirical research in early childhood development, education and care, as well as child labour and children’s rights, with a strong emphasis on policy focussed, international research.
He joined the Young Lives team in 2005 and has contributed to the development of our child-focussed survey methods, qualitative research, early childhood and school based research.
Martin is Emeritus Professor of Childhood Studies at The Open University, where he was based from 1977-2013 and pioneered interdisciplinary teaching in Childhood and Youth Studies. He was Special Advisor to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, in preparation of General Comment 7: Implementing Child Rights in Early Childhood (2005) and led on the preparation of the UN Secretary General's Status of the UNCRC report of August 2010 to General Assembly 65.
Martin has previously held the roles of Vice-Chair of UNICEF UK's Board of Trustees, and Chair of the Open Society Foundations' Early Child Program Advisory Board.