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Dr Victoria Cooper


Senior lecturer (associate professor) Childhood and Youth studies, the Open University, United Kingdom



Dr Victoria Cooper is a senior lecturer in childhood and youth studies with an extensive professional background spanning early years teaching, further and higher education, professional development and research. She has particular expertise in educational research methodologies, child led and voice research and is the former co-director of the Open University Children’s Research Centre (CRC).




Authored Books:
Parenting the First Twelve Years: What the Evidence Tells Us (2018-08-30)
Cooper, Victoria L.; Montgomery, Heather and Sheehy, Kieron
ISBN : 978-0241270509 | Publisher : Pelican

Edited books:

Exploring Childhood and Youth (2021)
Cooper, Victoria and Holford, Naomi eds.
ISBN : 9780367485443 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Journal articles:
Children and young people living through a serious family illness: structural, interpersonal and personal perspectives (2020-01)
Payler, Jane; Cooper, Victoria and Bennett, Stephanie
Children & Society, 34(1) (pp. 62-77)

Representing children’s rights from discussion through to illustration and interpretation (2019-05-09)
Chamberlain, Liz and Cooper, Victoria
Research Intelligence (139) (pp. 13-14)

Lost in translation: exploring childhood identity using photo-elicitation (2017)
Cooper, Victoria L.
Children's Geographies, 15(6) (pp. 625-637)

Book chapters:
Childhood identities and materiality (2020-08-03)
Cooper, Victoria
In: Cooper, Victoria and Holford, Naomi eds. Exploring childhood and youth (pp. 7-20)
ISBN : 9780367485443 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Beyond talk: Learning from children and young people experiencing a family health crisis (2019-06-21)
Cooper, Victoria; Payler, Jane and Bennett, Stephanie
In: Robb, Martin; Montgomery, Heather and Thompson, Rachel eds. Critical Practice with Children and Young People (2nd edition) (pp. 143-160)
ISBN : 9781447352846 | Publisher : Policy press | Published : Bristol

Listening to children (2017-06-16)
Cooper, Victoria and Kellett, Mary
In: Moyles, Janet; Georgeson, Jan and Payler, Jane eds. Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning in Early Years and Primary Education
ISBN : 9780335226962 | Publisher : McGraw Hill Education / Open University Press | Published : Milton Keynes

Children's developing identity (2014-11-30)
Cooper, Victoria
In: Reed, Michael and Rosie, Walker eds. A Critical Companion to Early Childhood (pp. 281-296)
ISBN : 9781446259269 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London

Education and the impact of schooling (2014)
Cooper, Victoria
In: Farrington-Flint, Lee ed. An introduction to childhood studies and child psychology (pp. 143-164)
Publisher : The Open University | Published : Milton Keynes

Designing research for different purposes. (2013-12-10)
Cooper, Victoria
In: Clark, Alison; Hammersley, Martyn; Flewitt, Rosie and Robb, Martin eds. Understanding research with children and young people
ISBN : 9781446274927 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London

Ethnographic practitioner research (2011)
Cooper, Victoria and Ellis, Carole
In: Callan, Sue and Reed, Michael eds. Work-based Research in the Early Years: Positioning Yourself as a Researcher (pp. 47-61)
ISBN : 9780857021755 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London

Extending practice: promoting participation and evaluating professional roles (2011)
Whalley, Mary; Cooper, Victoria; Callan, Sue and Drury, Rose
In: Drury, Rose and Paige-Smith, Alice eds. Extending practice: promoting participation and evaluating professional roles (pp. 0-5)
Publisher : The Open University | Published : Milton Keynes

Supporting children’s personal, social and emotional development. (2011)
Browne, Naima; Paige-Smith, Alice and Cooper, Victoria
In: Drury, Rose and Paige-Smith, Alice eds. Book 1: Extending reflective practice: Leadership, learning and environments. (pp. 135-220)
Publisher : The Open University | Published : Milton Keynes

Distance learning and professional development (2009-10-29)
Cooper, Victoria
In: Reed, Michael and Canning, Natalie eds. Reflective Practice in the Early Years (pp. 143-155)
ISBN : 9781848601628 | Publisher : Sage Publications | Published : London

Children's Identity (2008)
Cooper, V.
In: Collins, J. and Foley, P. eds. Promoting Children's Well-being: Policy and Practice
ISBN : 9781847420596 | Publisher : Policy Press in association with the Open University Press | Published : Bristol, UK


Victoria been principal investigator and co-investigator on a number of funded research projects exploring the experiences of marginalised children and young people working with diverse stakeholders and charities including Amnesty International UK, Hope Support Services, YSS: Youth Support Services, the Diana Awards and The Field Studies Council. She has chaired the production of a variety of Open University modules over the last 20 years and continues to take a leading role in senior lecturer professional development. She has published journal articles, reports, academic books, and is an invited speaker at national events. She is currently the undergraduate Module Chair for Introduction to Childhood Studies and the Psychology of Childhood and has an extensive background chairing at undergraduate and master’s level and external examination at other universities.
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