Research Staff Interests

Dr Lisa  Procter


My work bridges childhood studies, with a particular focus on childhood emotion, and architectural design. I aim to explore ways of supporting childhood emotional diversity through spatial agency with education practitioners and architects. I draw on sociological and geographical theories of emotion to examine how space and place enables or constrains children’s subjectivities. I have considered the role that a range of spaces play in children’s emotional lives including schools, green spaces, neighbourhoods and civic spaces.

My approach to research reflects my commitment to working in collaborative ways with children. Integral to this I use visual, material and digital research methods to engage with children’s experiences of emotion. I am particularly interested in the use of art and design practices, such as illustration and animation, in the co-production of research outputs with children. I work alongside community organisations in the production of meaningful research outputs, which benefit the lives of children and families.

I joined the School of Architecture at The University of Sheffield in 2006 as a Research Associate on the Change project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, to explore the principles and benefits of architecture and built environment-related activities with schools and youth groups. My research continued in this area through research exploring ways to involve the school community in the school design process. During this time I founded Sheffield-Now – a community interest company to creatively engage children with the built environment through research and design projects

Research Interests

My research interests build upon my background in architectural education.

  • Childhood emotion;
  • children's emotional geographies;
  • visual methodologies;
  • children's spatial agency.

Research Projects

Servicing Utopia: Critical considerations for social change through accessible design, AHRC Connected Communities Festival. Feb 2016-July 2016, Procter, L., Slater, J. & Cuming, E. £10,000

Travelling Toilet Tales, AHRC Connected Communities Festival. Feb 2016-July 2016, Slater, J., Procter, L. & Cuming, E. £20,000

Around the Toilet: Co-creating intersectional understandings of gender, disability and access, AHRC Connected Communities. April 2015-January 2016, Slater, J., Procter, L. & Cuming, E. £40,000

Sounds of Childhood: Exploring young children's sound perceptions to inform architecture and urban design. IIKE, University of Sheffield. March 2015-May 2016. Procter, L., Kang, J. & Hackett, A. £10,000

Digital Texts and Mapmaking: Intergenerational perspectives on the changing role of the digital in the built environment. Research Stimulation Fund, University of Sheffield. April 2013-November 2013. Yamada-Rice, D. & Procter, L. £2,000


J. Seymour, A. Hackett, L. Procter (2016) Children's Spatialities Embodiment, Emotion and Agency. Springer

Refereed Journal Articles

D. Yamada-Rice, E. Stirling, L. Procter & M. Almansour (2015) The Sage Handbook of Visual Research Methods. Visual Communication 14(2) pp 243-248

L. Procter (2013) Emotions, power and schooling: The socialisation of 'angry boys'. Journal of Political Power 6(3) pp 495-510

L. Procter (2013) Exploring the role of emotional reflexivity in research with children. Emotion, Space and Society 9(1) pp 80-88

R. Parnell, L. Procter (2011) Flexibility and placemaking for autonomy in learning. Educational and Child Psychology 28(1) pp 77-88

Book Chapters

L. Procter (2016) Exploring emotions at school with children: Reflections on the role of the visual and performative in engaging with children's constructed and embodied meanings of emotion, in: Methodological Advances in Research on Emotion and Education pp 259-271

Research-based Contributions to Practitioner and Academic Conferences

Procter, L. (2016) Ethnographic Studies of Childhood, Culture, Emancipation, Media & Society Research Centre, Department of Media and Communication Studies at the Free University Brussels (Belgium)

Procter, L. (2015) "It's like something you don't mean to do, but a bit like your feelings controlling you": Moving beyond "Emotional Literacy" in Early Childhood Education. A global epidemic of mental ill-health? Interdisciplinary perspectives on the educational implications of reconfiguring social, economic and human crises, University of Helsinki

Procter, L. and D. Yamada-Rice (2014) Memorialisation in a Networked Society: How is the digital shaping young children's engagement with cities? The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Annual Conference, New Orleans, USA

Procter, L. (2011) Interpreting Place: Drawing upon emotional reflexivity. Symposia on 'Reflexivity and Fieldwork', 2nd Nordic Urban Workshop, Stockholm University, Sweden

Expert Reviewer for Journals and Publishers

Children's Geographies

Early Childhood Literacy

Educational Philosophy and Theory

Taught Courses

I teach across a range of areas relating to Early Years and Childhood Studies including:

  • constructions of childhood;
  • child wellbeing and development;
  • children's identities and cultures;
  • children's rights local and global;
  • children's emotional geographies;
  • educational policy and practice;
  • gender and education;
  • disability and education;
  • national and international curriculum development;
  • critical psychology.

Areas of Post-graduate Supervision

  • Global education/ Internationalisation of education
  • (Critical) Multicultural education
  • (Critical) Global Citizenship Education
  • Citizenship Education
  • Post/de-colonial engagements with education
  • Policy analysis
  • Curriculum analysis
  • Critical Discourse Analysis





Position/Post: Lecturer
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