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University of Gloucestershire: Children's Play

Institution University of Gloucestershire
Department School of Arts
Study type Research


Our research areas include: play, play-work, children and childhood, philosophy, policy and ethics, play sufficiency, children’s rights, places and spaces, nature and value of children’s play, playful production of time/space, playfulness as well as play, wellbeing and resilience and drama and play as interventions.

We have research interests and expertise across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Draw upon on our experience of a variety of research epistemologies and methodologies, including creative approaches and practice as research. Attend national and international conferences. Present your work and ideas in the latter stages of your research. Gain support to submit your work for publication.

We have a diverse range of noteworthy current and recent research. For example: ARTPAD (Achieving Resilience through Play and Drama), Sharing Memories of Adventure Playgrounds, Co-producing a play space: reading play-work stories, practices and artefacts on an adventure playground, The Art of Wellbeing: A participatory study with play-workers and children at play and The Play Sufficiency Duty in Wales.

This research contributes to the subject community Performing Arts and Play and the research priority areas Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing and Creative Practice as Research.

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Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

MA (Res)

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