Centre for Rural Childhood

In only two years, our Centre for Rural Childhood (CRC) has established itself as a place of international significance on all aspects of rural childhood.

Traditionally, much of the focus on children’s issues has been on children with an urban upbringing, which overlooks the fact that many children across the globe live in a rural context. The CRC, based on our campus, is one of the first academic centres to emphasise the specific challenges and complexities experienced by ‘rural’ children and the implications this has for their growth and development and for effective service provision.

Our research is at the cutting edge of childhood issues, including health, education, crime, drugs, abuse, sexual exploitation and the experiences of immigrant children.

We aim to provide an evidence-based approach to the development of policy and practice and make a positive contribution to enhancing the lives of children who live in rural areas.

Professor Rebecca Wallace, an expert in international law and human rights, is the Centre’s director. She brings a wealth of experience to her role with many distinguished appointments, which include Professor of International Human Rights at Robert Gordon University, Edinburgh, Professor of Law and head of the school of Law at Napier University, Edinburgh.

While our focus is on delivering the highest levels of academic achievement through teaching and research, we also engage in political agendas relating to rural childhood through collaboration with voluntary agencies and NGOs.

If you'd like to help us make a difference to the life opportunities of children, please get in touch.

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