Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative
The Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative is an interdisciplinary team of researchers from across Queen’s University Belfast. Engaged in projects seeking to challenge the structural marginalisation of children and young people, our research is underpinned by the principles of social justice. We aim to raise awareness at an individual and community level, as well as inform local policy and practice. We are concerned about issues of social exclusion, particularly in the contexts of the transitions experienced by all children and young people and Northern Ireland’s societal transition from armed conflict. Yet, political-economic marginalisation and social-cultural exclusion are global issues. The Initiative is committed to comparative analysis and/ or collaborative research with strong connections in Europe, Australia, South Africa, Canada and the USA.
The Initiative adopts a critical rights-based perspective grounded in, but moving beyond, international human rights conventions and standards. Through our research we consider how rights, particularly those promoted and protected by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, impact on the everyday lives of children and young people. Rather than focus solely on the implementation of international standards, however, we consider the contexts in which they emerged and consolidated, the structural barriers to their implementation and the potential of their implementation for positive change.
The Initiative is based within the School of Law and is funded by the Queen’s University inter-disciplinary Research Forum for the Child.