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- Children’s Rights and Education - Children’s Participation in decision-making - Implementation of the UNCRC

1994 …2020

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Research Interests

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. 

Research Interests

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Research Output

Open Access
  • 26 Citations (Scopus)
    2473 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • 77 Citations (Scopus)
  • 30 Citations (Scopus)

    The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Child Well-Being

    Lundy, L., 07 Oct 2013, Handbook of Child Well-Being: Theories, Methods and Policies in Global Perspective. Ben Arieh, A., Casas, F., Frones, I. & Korbin, J. (eds.). Springer, p. 2439-262

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    2019 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic

    Lundy, Laura (Recipient) & Templeton, Michelle (Recipient), 10 Dec 2019

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Best of UNICEF Research 2014

    Lundy, Laura (Recipient), Oct 2014

    Prize: Appointment

    Best of UNICEF Research Impact 2019

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

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Nomination for a Graduate School Supervisory Excellence Award

    Lundy, Laura (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    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

    Hosting a visit by researchers from Catalonia.

    Laura Lundy (Host)

    21 Nov 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Press / Media

    Children's Participation: Learning for Turkey

    Laura Lundy


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Children's Participation

    Laura Lundy


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Children Human Rights Defenders

    Laura Lundy


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment


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

    Author: Conneely, S., Jul 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

    Silence at School: Rights, respect, and (in)justice

    Author: Hanna, A., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Lundy, L. (Supervisor) & MacKenzie, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    The Understanding and Acceptance of Children’s Rights Amongst Those in Formation (or Recently Ordained) to Become Catholic Priests in Ireland: An Exploratory Study

    Author: Moore, N., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Winter, K. (Supervisor) & Lundy, L. (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