Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Contact Details

Dr Peter Hart

Research Fellow

Currently working as the research fellow for the ‘Narnian Virtues’ character education project, I previously completed my PhD at Durham in 2015 on ethical issues in youth work. I took up a position as a research assistant for the University of Tampere (researching ‘Political Presence as the Right of the Child’), and then research associate at Durham University on project investigating leadership in Methodist churches.

Before that I was a youth worker (having qualified as such from Durham university) in the statutory and voluntary sectors. I am also the Executive Director for the Stranton Multi-Academy Trust, and have experience on various steering committees and governing bodies of third sector organisations.

Research Interests

Following my previous research and professional background, I have research interests in virtue ethics, young people and their development, professional ethics, and theories of ‘youth’ and ‘childhood’. However the Narnian Virtues project has involved being closely involved with designing interventions for families, and I am currently interested in developing a proposal on the role of family leisure activities (particularly, board gaming) in facilitating changes to interactions in the home and the wider impact on family functioning.


Module Convener for:

  • EDUC 5060: Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education
  • EDUC 3903 Children, Families and Cultural Diversity: Philosophical Perspectives

PhD Supervision

I would welcome conversations with potential PhD students on Character Education or ethics work with young people, or professionals working with them (teachers, youth workers, social workers, etc).

Key Publications


  • Hart P, Choice or Coercion: Indoctrination in Youth Ministry, Grove Books Youth series (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2014)

Journal Articles

  • Hart P, ‘The reality of relationships with young people in caring professions: A qualitative approach to professional boundaries rooted in virtue ethics’, Children and Youth Services Review, 83 (2017), 248-254
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.11.006, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/123667/

  • Hart P, ‘Young people negotiating and maintaining boundaries in youth work relationships: findings from an ethnographic study of youth clubs’, JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES, 19.7 (2016), 869-884
    DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2015.1112881

  • Hart P, ‘Attitudes Towards Working ‘Out of Hours’ with Young People: Christian and Secular Perspectives’, Youth and Policy 2015, 43-62
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/124232/

  • Hart P, ‘Professional Boundaries in the Practice of Youth Ministry: An Ethnographic Study of the Limits of Relationships’, Journal of Youth and Theology, 13.1 (2014), 24-41
    DOI: 10.1163/24055093-90000073

Media Contact Areas

Character Education and the Narnian Virtues project, teaching C.S Lewis in schools, professional boundaries and professional ethics. 

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