Our Collective

We are currently 170  members strong. The Collective includes graduate students, PhD scholars, Early Career Academics, Senior Academics, Researchers, Youth Activists and Practitioners.

Check out our member profiles for this month!


Kriti Budhiraja

PhD Candidate, Sociology & Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

My doctoral work is an ethnography of college life in a public university in India. I am interested in studying inequality and the everyday life of institutions


Lucy Hopkins

Lecturer, Children and Family Studies at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

My research is in childhood studies and explores the cultural politics of childhood, including representations of the ‘global child’ and children’s agency in climate action.


Johannes Drerup

Professor,Philosophy of Education, TU Dortmund

I am also a guest professor at the Free University of Amsterdam. My research interests include philosophy of education and childhood, moral and political philosophy and applied ethics. I am also a co-founder of the open access journal On Education and co-edited a handbook on the philosophy of childhood (together with Gottfried Schweiger; 2019, J.B. Metzler). Other recent publications include: Education, Epistemic Virtues, and the Power of Toleration. In: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP), 2019


Sushri Sangita Puhan

Ph.D. scholar, Social Work, University of Sussex, England.

I am a Development Practitioner with ten years of experience working exclusively on issues related to children and youth.  I am currently pursuing my doctoral research on adoptive family practices in India, an exploratory study  which aims to understand how and why people think, talk and practice adoption in their everyday lives in an environment where adoption is largely unspoken. The research is undertaken in the context of a transitional legal process designed to streamline adoption and an evolving socio-cultural environment that has witnessed increased domestic adoption. I am also a recipient of the prestigious British Government’s Chevening and Chancellor's International scholarship.



Strategic Lead, Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, Bangalore

I have a PhD from the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, and works in the area of childhood studies and sociology of education. I have led several projects on early childhood, skilling and education, indigenous childhoods and education and has also worked as a child psychologist. Currently, I work with KHPT, Bangalore, as a strategic lead for their adolescent thematic. I also lead a WHO - MoHFW study on 'Developing a Vulnerability Framework for Adolescents in India'. 

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Kim Fernandes

Joint Doctoral Student in Education and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

My current work focuses on the ways in which disability, processes of measurement and quantification, and identity documents intersect to produce the lifeworlds of disabled children. I have previously worked in education, development and monitoring and evaluation. 


Vidya Subramanian

​Assistant Professor, 

Centre for Education, Innovation & Action Research,

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

My research explores the trajectories of young corporate professionals entering the developmental sector to further aspirations of service, self-making, and entrepreneurship. This extends my doctoral research which studied the Teach for India programme focusing on intersecting discourses of corporate philanthropy, PPPs, and new forms of governance in public education. I have a PhD from the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. My research areas of interest include education policy and development, PPPs in education, and entrepreneurial cultures among the youth.


Hedi Viterbo

Lecturer (Assistant Professor), School of Law, Queen Mary University of London

My research investigates legal issues concerning childhood, state violence, and sexuality from an
interdisciplinary and global perspective. Among other things, I critically examine the ways in which
law and human rights conceptualize and shape both childhood and adulthood.

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Cyril Brandt

​Associate Researcher, Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp.

I finished my PhD at the International Development Studies programme at the University of Amsterdam in 2018. I have worked on

(1) the political economy of educational governance, reforms and teacher salaries in protracted crises, particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo and (2) youths, education and peacebuilding. Furthermore, I have analysed teacher governance in violent contexts. More recently, my work has focused broadly on the contested provision of education in humanitarian emergencies.


Smruthi Bala Kannan

Ph.D. scholar, Childhood Studies Rutgers University-Camden.

My work engages with adolescent children’s lived experiences of cleanliness discourses in Tamil Nadu, India, to explore ways in which ideas of modernity and childhood are negotiated through body, material, and space. 

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Elizabeth Dillenburg

Assistant Professor, History

Ohio State University at Newark

I teach courses on the history of childhood, colonialism, and gender.  My research focuses on the history of girlhood, and my current project examines girls’ culture, labor, and mobility in the British Empire during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  

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PhD scholar, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute of International and Development studies, Geneva.

My Phd is on the grooming industry in Delhi and the aspirational youth culture accompanying the phenomena of personality development and image management. I am interested in ideas of self-fashioning, labour and gender. 

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