NCRCL staff.Jan16Research Centre Staff



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Dr Lisa Sainsbury
Lisa's current research explores relationships between philosophy and children's literature, as considered in her book Ethics in British Children's Literature: Unexamined Life (Bloomsbury, 2013). She also has wide-ranging expertise in postmodern children’s literature; electronic narrative, environmental ethics and ecocriticism; children’s poetry; young adult fiction; illustration and picture books; time fantasies and historic fiction.



Theorising Literary Islands

Dr Ian Kinane
Ian’s research and teaching interests include crossover Robinsonade fiction and travel and adventure narratives from the nineteenth century to the present day. He is the author of Theorising Literary Islands (2016) and is currently editing a collection of essays on popular Robinsonades for young readers.


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Dr Gillian Lathey
Gillian's areas of expertise are the translation of children's literature and literature for children by German and Austrian exiles 1933-45. Her book The Role of Translators in Children's Literature: Invisible Storytellers was published by Routledge in 2010. She is also interested in the representations of national identity in children's literature.


Frightening Fiction

Dr Kevin McCarron
Dr Kevin McCarron has a long-established interest in children's literature and has published widely in the field, especially on YA fiction. He teaches on the undergraduate modules Literature and Childhood and Subversive Children's Literature, and he supervises Masters dissertations, as well as PhD theses. He has a special interest in religion and children's literature. He is the co-author, along with Kimberley Reynolds and Geraldine Brennan, of Frightening Fiction (Continuum: London, 2001).


Dr Shelley Trower
Shelley's current research project is Memories of Fiction: An Oral History of Readers' Life Stories. An important area of interest in this project is 'Memories of Children’s Books'. Shelley is currently supervising Sara Pyke, whose doctoral research is attached to this project. She teaches a first year module in Children's literature and on the MA in British Children's Literature at Roehampton.



Dr Alison Waller
Alison is an expert in young adult fiction and is also interested in the practice and philosophy of reading. Her monograph Constructions of Adolescence in Fantastic Realism was published by Routledge in 2009 and she has also edited a collection of essays for the Palgrave Macmillan New Casebook Series on Melvin Burgess (2013). She is currently working on a project called 'Time Capsules', which asks how adults reread and negotiate relationships with books from their pasts.


Fellows and associates


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Dr Penni Cotton - Senior Research Fellow
Penni is responsible for European research projects and is Director of the European Picture Book Project. Her research interests include European children's literature; European picture book analysis and European picture books in primary education. Penni's publications can be viewed here. Contact Penni at P.Cotton@roehampton.ac.uk.


Dr Pat Pinset - Senior Research Fellow
Pat is co-founder of the NCRCL and Visiting Lecturer on the Postgraduate Programmes in Children's Literature (Onsite and Distance Learning)
Her areas of expertise include children's literature and religion and spirituality; poetry and contemporary children's literature. Pat's recent publications can be viewed here.


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Dame Jacqueline Wilson – Professorial Research Fellow
The award-winning children's author Jacqueline Wilson has an important association with both the University (as Chancellor) and the NCRCL. In her role as Professorial Research Fellow she offers many students in the NCRCL an insight into the world of writing for children, particularly how to engage children and address their concerns in thought-provoking narratives.


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