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. She has undertaken research projects on a range of issues, such as young people’s rights to information online, disabled children and their education, and family law. She is currently on the National Child Protection Leadership Group and advisory groups for such organisations as UNICEF UK and the Scottish Government.
She publishes widely in such journals as Global Studies of Childhood, International Journal of Children’s Rights, International Journal of Human Rights, Journal of Social Policy, and the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. Recent edited books include Children and Young People’s Participation and Its Transformative Potential: Learning from across Countries and The Sage Handbook of Early Childhood Research.