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Prof. Emma Renold

Job Title: Linked WISERD Academic

Institution: Cardiff University

Telephone: 029 208 76139


Emma Renold is Reader in Childhood Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales. She is the author of Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities (2005), the co-founder of and co-editor of the journal Gender and Education. Working with feminist poststructuralist and posthumanist theories her research explores young gendered and sexual subjectivities across diverse institutional sites and public spaces. Her current research project foregrounds bodies, affect, subjectivity and movement in a community multi-media ethnography of girls’ and boys’ negotiations of place and space in a semi-rural post-industrial locale - KLiC Project – Young People and Place.

Research Interests

  • Participatory methodologies with children and young people
    Ethnography, creative methods, multi-media/multi-sensory, critical reflexivity, psycho-social.
  • Young masculinities, femininities and sexualities
    Subjectivity;  relationship cultures;  sexualisation debates; gender and education; 'real'/virtual socialities; locality and spatiality.
  • Marginalisation, pathologisation and young abject subjects
    Children in/ leaving care; children, social class and poverty;  gendered/sexualised bullying and violence.
  • Critical theory
    New materialist feminist theory, queer theory, feminist poststructuralism, post-humanism

Current Research

  • Gender, Power and Conflict in Young Children’s Relationship Cultures, (ALLIES Project - EU-funded DAPHNE III programme)
  • WISERD Young People and Place Project

Click here to view Emma’s official Cardiff University bio page.

Selected Publications 


Jackson C, Paechter C, Renold E, 2010, (Eds.) Girls in Education 3-16: Continuing Concerns, New Agendas, Open University Press (Available here)

Renold E, 2005, Girls, Boys and Junior sexualities: Exploring Childrens' Gender and Sexual Relations in the Primary School, London: RoutledgeFalmer (Available here)

Barter C, Renold E, Berridge D, Cawson P, 2004, Peer Violence in Children's Residential Care, Buckingham: Palgrave (Available here)

Journal Articles

Gonick , Renold E, Ringrose J, Weems L, 2009, ‘Rethinking Agency and Resistance: What Comes After Girl Power?’ Girlhood Studies 2(2) pp 1-9 (Available here)

Holland S, Renold E, Ross NJ, Hillman A, 2010, ‘Power, agency and participatory Agendas: A critical exploration of young people’s engagement with participatory qualitative research’ Childhood 17(3) (Available here)

Ringrose J, Renold E, 2009, ‘Normative Cruelties and Gender Deviants: the performative effects of bully discourses for girls and boys at school’ British Education Research Journal, 36(4) pp 573 – 596 (Available here)



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