PhD researchers

There are three PhD researchers with the Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Taylor Sawyer – Researcher

Taylor Sawyer is an Urban Studies PhD researcher at University of Glasgow. Her dissertation asks questions about place, co-production of place, and young people’s development. She is especially interested in the use of temporary / pop-up urbanism as an educational tool. Taylor is on the research team of CNS to both learn from and support their work. In addition to her research, she is the co-founder of SAMMEN Project, a start up making tools to improve foreign language education in schools.

Craig Orr – Researcher

Craig has worked in the Early Learning and Childcare sector for over 12 years. He recently graduated from the University of Glasgow with a M.Ed in Childhood Practice. His interests led him to the Children’s Neighbourhood Scotland, where he hopes to investigate the ways in which leadership manifests, develops and is distributed throughout the network in order to best promote children’s educational outcomes. Through exploring the relationships and communication strategies within the collaborative network, it is hoped that considerations on multi-agency partnerships will develop to reflect the ways in which multi-agency leadership can more fully support educational outcomes.

Amanda Ptolomey – Researcher

Amanda’s research aims to facilitate the co-production of new knowledge about transitions from primary to secondary school from the perspectives of children and young people. In addition to generating new knowledge, the research aims to demonstrate ways to employ participatory approaches to support the improvement of outcomes in practice. As part of the research process, children and young people will generate and consider practical recommendations for change.

Amanda joins the project with a background in researching, creating, and leading innovative community development projects, locally, nationally, and internationally. Experience facilitating community development initiatives using assets based approaches and participatory action research has led to a commitment to stimulating the production of new knowledge from seldom heard perspectives. Following the completion of a MSc in Citizenship and Human Rights (with Distinction) at Glasgow Caledonian University, Amanda is based within the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, University of Glasgow.