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Jen Lyttleton-Smith

About me

I am a sociologist of children and childhoods working within the CASCADE Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre at Cardiff University.

 

I have been a researcher at Cardiff since 2013, focusing on childhood identities, gender, sexuality, and contemporary social theory.  My PhD in Sociology was completed in 2015 and explored early childhood and gender through a feminist posthumanist lens.

My research concentrates particularly on issues surrounding subjectivity and power and since joining CASCADE in 2015 I have focused my work on children and young people in Local Authority care.  I am particularly interested in how children's voices are represented in research, policy, and practice, and how their well-being is measured and understood. 

I feel passionate about the opportunities Wales provides to think progressively about social issues and want to contribute to make our country the best place to grow up in the UK. 

 

I grew up in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, and now live in Cardiff with my partner and young son.  My personal interests include pretentious films, pretentious books, and not-so-pretentious video games.

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