NCRCL staff.Jan16Research Centre Staff



David Rudd

Prof. David Rudd
David is Director of the NCRCL. His current research explores theoretical approaches to children's literature (especially psychoanalytic perspectives), the construction of the child, and re-evaluating the parameters of 'fantasy' literature (as discussed in Reading the Child in Children's Literature (2013) - click here). He has previously written extensively on children's literature from the eighteenth century to contemporary material and published monographs on Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. He is editor of the Routledge Companion to Children's Literature (2011) - click here, editor in chief of the international journal Children's Literature in Education - click here, and a list-owner of the UK's JISC discussion list Children Literature UK.


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Dr Jane Carroll
Jane's research interests centre on children's literature and the role of landscape in fiction. Her book Landscape in Children's Literature was published by Routledge in 2012. Other areas of expertise include domestic spaces; picture books; medieval children's literature and medievalism; Vikings; folklore in literature; children's fantasy; clothing and textiles.

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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.

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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.


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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Laura Atkins
Laura's areas of expertise are in creative writing for young readers, multicultural and contemporary children's literature, and studying the juvenile publishing industry. She convenes numerous conferences and festivals relating to children's literature and reviews extensively. Laura's publications can be viewed here.

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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 Susan Hancock – Part Time Senior Lecturer
Susan's areas of expertise are in Jungian approaches to children's literature and the miniature in children's literature. Susan's publications can be viewed here.

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.

Dr Liz Thiel
Contact Liz at liz@thiels.co.uk.
Liz' research interests lie primarily in Victorian children's literature, visual texts and Twentieth-century children's literature. Liz's recent publications can be viewed here.

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Melvin Burgess – Honorary Research Fellow

The celebrated children's and young adult author, Melvin Burgess, was Honorary Research Fellow with the NCRCL from 2012 to 2015. He was involved in delivering research talks and conference presentations. Watch him talking to Alison Waller at Roehampton 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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