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Professor Karen Wells

Professor International Development & Childhood Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom



Karen Wells has over twenty years of experience in research on the intersection between international political economy and socio-cultural fields in the formation of childhood. She is currently involved in two significant book projects, as co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Childhood Studies and Global Development and Bloomsbury’s forthcoming Handbook of Theory in Childhood Studies. She holds adjunct membership in the graduate faculty of the Graduate School at Rutgers University-Camden of the Childhood Studies department at Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey. She is PI of two global challenges research projects with British Academy, one on translanguaging in Amhara region, Ethiopia and one on community approaches to early learning in rural villages in West Africa.



Childhood in a Global Perspective (Polity, Camb.), Childhood Studies: Making Young Subjects (Polity), Visual Cultures of Childhoood (Rowman & Little).


International development, globalisation of childhood, visual cultures of childhood, social reproduction theory, biopolitics
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