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'NCRCL….is rightly regarded as the premier institution for children’s literature research in Britain', Professor Emer O’Sullivan

The Centre promotes academic excellence in research into children’s literature, primarily through thriving postgraduate MA and PhD programmes, conferences and staff publications. Tutors also teach at undergraduate level, to ensure the position and prestige of children’s literature within the University of Roehampton.


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What do we do at NCRCL?

  • We run flourishing postgraduate programmes in Children’s Literature, both on-site and by distance learning, which has attracted home and international students of a high calibre since 1993.
  • We support doctoral students engaged on a wide range of research projects. The NCRCL provides a lively environment for postgraduates with conferences, research talks, and a congenial cohort.
  • We host and co-organise an annual one-day British IBBY/NCRCL MA Conference and run a biennial NCRCL Conference, showcasing themes from members' research interests.
  • We host a series of research talks per year, given by a wide range of experts in the field of children’s literature, which are open to anyone who wishes to attend.
  • We publish in diverse areas of children’s literature, including work on: philosophy and theory, especially psychoanalytic approaches; adolescent fiction and landscape. A selected list of our work can be found here.

If you have any general enquiries for the NCRCL please contact us in writing. To send an enquiry to a specific member of the NCRCL team please use the contact details on the Members page or contact:

Dr Lisa Sainsbury, 
NCRCL Director
, Department of English and Creative Writing

Roehampton University
, Roehampton Lane

London SW15 5PH

We welcome visitors to NCRCL but please make appointments to see members of the NCRCL team before arriving at the University of Roehampton.


TECHNE This research Centre is part of the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership consortium. For further information on the TECHNE AHRC funded PhD Studentships please visit the TECHNE website. Please send expressions of interest to ECWTechne@roehampton.ac.uk.


The Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship

The Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship is awarded annually to an emerging scholar of the highest calibre working in the field of children’s literature or creative writing for children. The Jacqueline Wilson Scholar will be based in the award-winning NCRCL with access to the Children’s Literature Collection and archives, and will join a lively community of researchers, writers and students. See the NCRCL blog for information on award rounds and deadlines.