About us

This website collates some of the projects and ideas that researchers at Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University have been developing.

Abi Hackett is a Research Fellow whose research looks at young children’s literacy practices in places and with materials. Her background is in museum learning, and much of her research has been carried out with young children in museums.

Rachel Holmes is Professor of Cultural Studies of Childhood. Her research activities appreciate the complexity of the contemporary worlds that young children, families and communities occupy. The work she engages with spans diverse empirical contexts including museums, schools, galleries, prison mother and baby units and children’s centres.

Maggie MacLure is a Professor of Education. Her research spans language and discourse, and early childhood education. She leads the Theory and Methodology Research Group at ESRI, and directs the Summer Institute of Qualitative Research.

Christina MacRae is a Research Fellow with research experience using arts-based and ethnographic methodologies to explore early years practice in schools and museums. She also has a background of Early Years teaching in nursery schools.

Lisa Procter is a Lecturer in Childhood Studies. Her background is in architecture, and she is particularly interested in place, emotion and using innovative creative methods to understand children’s lifeworlds.