Steering Committee

Maria Roth

Maria Roth is a clinical psychologist for children and professor of Social Work in the Social Work Department of Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania. Before entering the academic field, she has worked for 13 years with children as a speech therapist, a school psychologist and clinical psychologist in special schools, orphanages and hospitals. These experiences have marked her professional career and oriented her interest towards children’s rights and child welfare. Maria Roth one of the founders of the social work studies in Romania, working in the Social Work department since 1991.

Karl Hanson

Karl Hanson, who obtained his doctorate in Law from Ghent University, Belgium, is Professor in Public Law at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Children’s Rights Studies. His teaching and research activities are in the interdisciplinary field of children’s rights studies. He is an editor of the journal Childhood. Hanson is the chair of the Children’s Rights European Academic Network.

Rebecca Budde

Rebecca Budde is cultural scientist, M.A. and a founding member of the European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights (former ENMCR network), which she coordinated from its inception in 2004 until 2010. She coordinates the M.A. Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights (MACR) at University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam, Germany. Since 2004 she has been involved in several curriculum developments and network projects, the last large one being CREAN where she was responsible for quality assurance and evaluation (together with Lourdes Gaitán, Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

Natália Fernandes

Natália Fernandes is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Education, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, since 1994. She is a researcher at the Research Centre on Child Studies and her research interests have to be with children’s rights; research with children and ethics in the research with children. She is a Founding Member and Member of the directive Committee of the European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights (ENMCR) now CREAN.

Kay Tisdall

E Kay M Tisdall is Professor of Childhood Policy at the University of Edinburgh. She is Programme Director of the MSc in Childhood Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. She has an academic background in the social science and law, with particularly interest in undertaking research directly involving children and young people. Her professional and policy work address children’s human rights. She is involved in collaborative research programmes with children/ young people and others, such as Young Edinburgh Action and a cross-national project addressing children and young people’s participation in international child protection.


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