Dr Jo Albin-Clark

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    I am interested in supervision of doctoral students within the broad area of early childhood education, child rights and voice and have particular interests in documentation practices, observation, creativity and methodological innovation.


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    Personal profile


    I am a qualified teacher with a specialism of working with young children aged 3 to 7 years. I have held roles as a Deputy Headteacher, Early Years Advisory Teacher, Maintained Nursery School Senior Teacher and pedagogue to Children's Centres. Currently I work for Edge Hill University as a senior lecturer where I teach across undergraduate and postgraduate early years programmes


    Research interests

    My current research focuses on early childhood education documentation practices through posthuman, feminist materialism and post qualitative theories.  I have wider research interests in affective theories, rights and agency narratives along with resistance practices to dominant discourses. 


    Research Group(s)

    Child Agency and Rights in Education Research Network Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Network | Edge Hill University

    Bag lady storytelling feminist collective Liz Latto, Louise Hawxwell and Dr Julie Ovington (2020-present)

    Resistance in early childhood education  Dr Nathan Archer, Leeds University (2020-present)

    Special Issue in progress (publication 2024):

    Contemporary Issues in the Early Years 

    Metric Fixation and The Datafication of Early Childhood Education and Care Special Issue on Datafication-1669110182887.pdf (sagepub.com)

    Guy Roberts-Holmes (UCL); Maiju Paananen (Tampere University, Finland); Jo Albin-Clark (Edge Hill University); Nathan Archer (Leeds Beckett University).

    Pedagogy, Culture & Society

    ‘A time to reconfigure, repurpose and bewilder ‘the pioneers’, ‘pioneering philosophies’ and ‘pioneering practices’ of early childhood Pedagogy, Culture & Society: ‘A time to reconfigure, repurpose and bewilder ‘the pioneers’, ‘pioneering philosophies’ and ‘pioneering practices’ of early childhood (taylorandfrancis.com)
    Professor Jayne Osgood, Dr Nathan Archer, Dr Jo Albin-Clark, & Sid Mohandas 





    I teach across undergraduate and postgraduate courses on themes of contemporary issues in early childhood, rights agendas, play and pedagogy and methodological experimentation. 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action

    Education/Academic qualification

    Educational Doctorate , EdD, ‘What forms of Material-Discursive Intra-Action are generated through Documentation Practices in Early Childhood Education?, University of Sheffield

    1 Sept 20141 Aug 2019

    Award Date: 1 Aug 2019

    Other positions

    External Examiner, Leeds Beckett University

    1 Sept 201620 Jun 2019


    • L Education (General)
    • early childhood education

    Research Institutes

    • Institute for Social Responsibility

    Research Groups

    • Children's Rights and Wellbeing Research Network


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