The Inclusion, Childhood and Youth (ICY) Research Centre and Global Network brings together scholars conducting world-leading and high impact research on learning and human development, inclusive and equitable quality education and sustainable development in rapidly evolving knowledge societies. Inclusion refers to the intersection of specific resources and needs; gender as well as socio-economic, cultural, religious and geographical aspects.

The ICY Research Centre and Network offers a broad platform for the development of large-scale transdisciplinary research and international cross-sectoral partnerships across and beyond the University of Leeds. It aims to shape research and policy agendas at interconnected regional, national and global levels. Our vision is to be a national and international leader in transdisciplinary national and global research with a focus on human development, learning and well-being across multiple contexts and across the life span.

We aim to:

  • Understand and promote learning and human development in diverse knowledge societies while responding to neurodiversity, specific learning needs and well-being across multiple contexts;
  • Critically examine children’s and young people‚Äôs experiences and promote equality and human rights for children and youth across educational, policy, legal and off-/ online community settings;
  • Foster employability, capacity building and sustainable development in underprivileged communities and areas affected by poverty, conflict or disaster in close dialogue with local youth and policy makers.

Our approach is informed by a broad understanding of education, childhood, and youth, encompassing: learning and human development across the life span; literacy; media and technologies; gender; diversity, poverty and inequality; disability; ecology, health and wellbeing as well as peace and human rights.

Our research creates new knowledge across a wide range of fields, including childhood studies, psychology and cognitive neuroscience, education, media studies, sociology, economics, human geography, ICT for development, global studies and international policy and law. We expand knowledge in these fields beyond Western-European and Anglo-American research traditions, both conceptually and methodologically, in order to ensure that the priorities and perspectives of research participants and collaborators from the global south and the majority world are considered.