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Dr Claire Cassidy


Professor of Education, School of Education, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom



My research interests coalesce around three distinct but often inter-related areas: practical philosophy with children and young people; children's human rights and human rights education; and concepts of child and childhood. I lead the Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy with Children where I train people to facilitate philosophical dialogue with children and adults; it's the only course of its kind in the UK. I lead the Philosophy with Children and Communities Network. I am on the editorial board for Childhood & Philosophy, Scottish Educational Review, and Journal of Philosophy in Schools. I host the biennial Contemporary Childhood Conference.



  • Cassidy, C., Wall, K. Robinson, C., Arnott, L., Beaton, M. and Hall, E. (2022). Bridging the theory and practice of eliciting the voices of young children: Findings from the Look Who’s Talking Project. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 30(1). Doi: 10.1080/1350293X.2022.2026431
  • Cassidy, C., Conrad, S-J. & Figueiroa-Rego, M.J. (2019). Research with children: A philosophical rights-based approach. International Journal of Research & Method in Education 43(1), 38-52. 
  • Cassidy, C. & Heron, G. (2018). Breaking into secure: Introducing philosophical discussions to young people in secure accommodation. Journal of Social Work 20(3), 287-306. DOI: 10.1177/1468017318815399
  • Cassidy, C., Conrad, S-J., Daniel, M-F., Garside, D., Kohan, W., Murris, K., Rego, M., Wu, X. and Zhelyazkova, T. (2017). Being children: children’s voices on childhood. International Journal of Children’s Rights 24(3-4), 698-715.
  • Cassidy, C. (2017). Philosophy with Children: a rights-based approach to deliberative participation. International Journal of Children’s Rights 25(2), 320-334. DOI: 10.1163/15718182-02502003
  • Cassidy, C., Brunner, R. & Webster, E. (2014). Teaching human rights? ‘All hell will break loose!’ Education, Citizenship and Social Justice 9(1), 19-33. DOI: 10.1177/1746197913475768."


Philosophy with/for Children; children's human rights and human rights education; philosophy of children and childhood; children's voice and participation; citizenship education.
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