Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Contact Details

Professor Alan Prout

Professor of Sociology and Childhood Studies

I joined the University of Leeds in July 2013 as a part-time member of staff. I have worked in the sociology of childhood for many years and held appointments at the universities of Cambridge, Keele, Hull, Stirling and Warwick. I was Director of the ESRC “Children 5-16 Research Programme” and am author of numerous books and papers in the social study of childhood. I join the Childhood and Inclusive Education team but also have a wider remit for developing research and scholarship in the School.

Research Interests

Although I have also contributed to the sociology of health and illness, my main work has been in the sociology of childhood. I have contributed key theoretical texts to the field such as Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood, Theorizing Childhood and The Future of Childhood and empirical studies of childhood sickness, family health practices, childhood asthma, participation in public services and children’s use of e-toys.


My focus will be on assisting Professor Christensen in the development and delivery of an MA in Childhood Studies.

PhD Supervision

Many aspects of childhood and schooling-related topics that intersect with understanding children in their wider social context.

Key Publications


  • Prout A, The Future of Childhood (Routledge, 2005)

Journal articles

  • Stevenson O and Prout A, ‘Space for play?: Families' strategies for organizing domestic space in homes with young children’, Home Cultures, 10.2 (2013), 135-158
    DOI: 10.2752/175174213X13589680718490

  • Simmons R, Birchall J and Prout A, ‘User Involvement in Public Services: 'Choice about Voice’, Public Policy and Administration, 27.1 (2012), 3-29
    DOI: 10.1177/0952076710384903

  • Prout A, ‘Taking a Step away from Modernity: reconsidering the new sociology of childhood’, Global Studies of Childhood, 1.1 (2011), 4-14


  • Prout A, ‘Culture-Nature and the Construction of Childhood’, in The International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture, ed. by Drotner K and Livingstone S (London: Sage, 2008)

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