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My expertise  is international children's rights with a particular focus on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, education rights and children's rights to participate in decision-making. I also have  written extensively on national education and social security law.



Research Statement


Laura Lundy is Co-Director of the Centre for Children’s Rights and a Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Children’s Rights.  Her expertise is in children’s right to participate in decision-making and education rights.  Her 2007 paper, “’Voice’ is not enough” is one of the most highly cited academic papers on children’s rights and the model of children’s participation it proposes (based on four key concepts - Space, Voice, Audience and Influence) is used extensively in scholarship and practice. The ‘Lundy model’ of child participation is core to the Irish National Children’s Participation Strategy (2015) and has been adopted by international organisations such as the European Commission and global NGOs such as World Vision.

The Centre for Children’s Rights has pioneered an innovative methodology for conducting rights-based participatory research with children and Professor Lundy has extensive practical experience of applying this with children of all ages in diverse social and geographical contexts.  These include a study of children’s views on public spending (involving 1693 children in 70 countries) which was commissioned to inform the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s 2016 General Comment on the issue and a study of children’s exercise of their civil and political rights (1606 children in 60 countries) which has been used by Save the Children and others to support UN efforts to recognise the role of children as human rights defenders. Current projects include: a study of disabled children’s experience of their digital rights for the Council of Europe; a consultation with children in the five UN regions in a project to develop a set of indicators for monitoring the implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child led by GlobalChild; and ‘Participation for Protection’ – a European Commission project developing training for professionals focused on what really matters to children who have experienced violence.

Professor Lundy has a particular interest in facilitating public understanding of the human rights of children through the co-production of user-friendly versions of legal texts. This work has included a child-friendly video of the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Convention on child abuse and exploitation; a child-friendly version of the EU Recommendation on Investing in children for Eurochild; and a set of video animations on the UNCRC that have been integrated into core training for UNICEF staff worldwide. She acts as expert advisor on child participation to Child Rights Connect and has provided advice and/or training on children’s rights to a wide range of other international organisations including the Committee on the Rights of the Child, OSCE, the Council of Europe, UNICEF, Terre des Hommes, Plan International and Save the Children. 

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Projects 2004 2019

Selected Research Output 1994 2019

22 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
children's rights
legal status
67 Citations (Scopus)

Children’s rights and research processes: Assisting children to (in)formed views

Lundy, L. & McEvoy, L., Feb 2012, In : Childhood. 19, 1, p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Capacity Building
Research Personnel
23 Citations (Scopus)
children's rights
educational policy


Best of UNICEF Research 2014

Laura Lundy (Recipient), Oct 2014

Prize: Appointment

Best of UNICEF Research Impact 2019

Laura Lundy (Recipient), Bronagh Byrne (Recipient) & Ursula Kilkelly (Recipient), 09 Oct 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

impact research

Selected Activities 2000 2019

International Journal of Children's Rights (Journal)

Laura Lundy (Editorial advisory board member)
01 Jan 2013

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Invited speaker: Children's Rights in Law and Policy in Europe, University of North Florida

Laura Lundy (Speaker)
06 Mar 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Launch of the Irish National Child Participation Strategy, Dublin

Laura Lundy (Speaker)
17 Jun 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar



Children's right to be heard during whole-school evaluation in Irish primary schools: student's and teachers' perspectives

Author: Conneely, S., May 2015

Supervisor: Lundy, L. (Supervisor) & Elwood, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Competent or Not? Young people's accounts of sexual readiness

Author: Templeton, M., 20 Nov 2016

Supervisor: Lohan, M. (Supervisor), Lundy, L. (Supervisor) & Kelly, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Transition to secondary education: children’s aspirations, assessment practices and admissions processes

Author: Henderson, L., 06 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Elwood, J. (Supervisor) & Lundy, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy