Emma RenoldResearch Affiliate

Emma Renold is Professor of Childhood Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. She is the author of Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities (2005), Children, Sexuality and Sexualisation (with Ringrose and Egan, 2015) and the co-editor of the “Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education”. Inspired by feminist and queer materialist posthumanist theory, her research investigates how gender and sexuality come to matter in children and young people’s everyday lives across diverse sites, spaces and locales. Over the last 8 years, Emma has explored the affordances of co-productive, creative and affective methodologies to engage social and political change with children and young people on gendered and sexual violence (see www.productivemargins.ac.uk). This work informed the co-production of the resource AGENDA: A young people’s guide to making positive relationships matter (www.agenda.wales) and the development of Primary AGENDA (to be launched March 2019). Emma recently chaired the Welsh Government’s expert panel on the future of sexuality and relationships education (RSE) in Wales (Renold and McGeeney 2017) which champions creative and affective pedagogy for high quality RSE. This year Emma is drawing on creative methodologies to support teachers re-imagine what RSE can become and embarking on a creative engagement project with primary school children to support Welsh Government’s #thisisme @livefearfree national campaign addressing gender norms and inequalities. Long term, Emma is working on a book project with Professor Jessica Ringrose, Re-assembling gender and sexuality youth activisms in school: phEmaterialism in action (Routledge 2020). For more on how creative methodologies can impact policy, practice and activism for gender and sexuality education, see case study here.

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