Our people

Meet the team behind the Centre for Global Childhoods.

A teacher at an early childhood centre supervises children playing with water.

Professor Marek Tesar

Core Faculty research team
Professor Carol Mutch, CRSTIE, Education Commissioner NZ for UNESCO (Advisor)
Dr Kiri Gould, LDPP
Dr Deborah Widdowson, LDPP
Dr Angel Chan, CURRPD
Dr Jacoba Matapo, CRSTIE, Associate Dean Pasifika
Dr Irene De Haan, CHSSWK
Ms Jennifer Boyd, LDPP

Centre Administrator
Mr Andrew Madjar, LDPP

Kaitohutohu / Advisor
A/Professor Te Kawehau Hoskins, Ihonuku /Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori

University of Auckland Advisory Group and Associated Researchers
A/Professor Paola Boarin, Architecture, CAI, Director of Future Cities Research Hub
Professor Susanna Trnka, Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, Director of Pandemic Hub
Dr Julie Spray, Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient, FMHS
Dr Sarah Gerritsen, Senior Research Fellow, Deputy Director of GUINZ, FHMS
A/Professor Ralph Buck, Dance Studies / Arts, CAI
Professor Alan France, Childhood and Youth Studies, Sociology, Arts
Professor Robin Kearns, School of Environment, Child and Young people human geographer
Professor Sebastian Link, Faculty of Science, Founding Director of Data Science programmes
Dr Charlotte Bennett, Faculty of Law/ Faculty of Arts, History of Childhood

International Advisory Group

Professor Mathias Urban, Desmond Chair of Early Childhood Education Research Centre, DCU
Professor Nicola Yelland, Director of Global Childhoods and Early Years Cognate, University of Melbourne
Professor Anette Hellman, Director of Global Childhoods Research Centre, University of Gothenburg
Professor Vina Adriany, Director of Gender and Childhoods Research Centre, UPI
Professor Marianna Souto-Manning, Director of Early Years, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr Louise Penfold, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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