This masterclass reflects on cross-disciplinary methodological and ethical issues which frame diverse forms of research exploring children and young people’s lives. Specifically, it will address the following:

  • Explain how creative methodologies can be used as a resource for exploring childhood.
  • Design specific research tools associated with different creative methods.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with critical theoretical and ethical debates regarding the use of creative methods in research with children and young people.
  • Demonstrate the linkages between creative and engaged research approaches, including the co-production of research with children and young people.

The Masterclass will enable participants to explore and experiment with creative research methods, as a way of understanding broader societal challenges related to children and young people, including in/equality, environmental sustainability, and societal mobilities. The masterclass will also seek to develop student competencies in research ethics, by interrogating the ethical dilemmas of conducting social scientific research through creative methodologies and will explore the practice of working with and engaging stakeholders – including policymakers, and community organisations - in conducting creative research.

Keynote Lecture Speaker: Professor Kay Tisdall, Chair of Childhood Policy at the University of Edinburgh. Title: Thinking critically about creativity? Using creative research methods with children and young people

Location: University College Cork

Thursday 24th October Venue: CACSSS Seminar room, ORB G27. 

  • 5.00pm Welcome Prof. Cathal O’Connell 
  • 5.15pm Introduction Dr Deirdre Horgan and Dr Helen Lynch, ISS21 Convenors Child and Youth Cluster, UCC. 
  • 5.30pm Keynote Lecture Speaker: Professor Kay Tisdall, Chair of Childhood Policy at the University of Edinburgh Title: Thinking critically about creativity? Using creative research methods with children and young people 
  • 7.00pm Finish 

Friday 25th October 2019 Venue: BHSC 301. 

  • 9.30am Introduction, Dr Deirdre Horgan and Dr Helen Lynch, ISS21 Convenors Child and Youth Cluster, UCC. 
  • 10.00 am Session 1 Speakers: Dr Deirdre Horgan and Dr Shirley Martin, School of Applied Social Studies Title: Attempts at Authentic & Creative Research Methods with Children in Child and Youth Advisory Groups. 
  • 11.00am Session 2 Speakers: Dr Helen Lynch, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Title: – Videography in qualitative research with children: exploring ‘doing’ in participatory approaches. 
  • 12.15pm Lunch 
  • 1:00pm Session 3 Speaker: Dr Annie Cummins McNamara, Department of Sociology, UCC. Title: - Animation: A creative, participatory approach to engaging children in research. 
  • 2:30pm Session 4 Speaker: Patricio Cuevas-Parra, Senior Global Policy Adviser for Child Participation and Rights with World Vision International Title: Child-Led Research: Questioning Knowledge.
  • 3:30 pm Session 5: Panel discussion: Professor Kay Tisdall, Chair of Childhood Policy at the University of Edinburgh.

Full timetable

To register for this special event, you must be a CRN member. Spaces are limited! Register with your Karen Coughlan at graduateschool.cacsss@ucc.ie. For more information, go to the UCC Website or Contact Course Convenor Dr Deirdre Horgan


CRN's involvement in this Masterclass is thanks to support from Department of Child and Family Affairs as part of What Works (formerly QCBI), funded by the Dormant Accounts fund