Research Team & Collaborators

Sarah Crafter

Sarah%20Crafter%20DSC_0763%20cropped_originalSarah is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the Open University (OU). Prior to this, she worked as a Senior Research Officer at the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) based in the UCL, Institute of Education. Her particular research interests include constructions of childhood (including children who work, young carers, language brokers (young interpreters) and concepts of money as well as children’s learning in culturally diverse settings. Her broad interests include transitions, past experience and cultural identity.

Sarah Crafter’s OU Profile



Humera Iqbal

untitledHumera is a Lecturer at the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) based in the UCL, Institute of Education. Her research interests include identity and the migration experiences of families and young people, in particular how they engage with institutions in new settings as well the impact of generations on family life. She is also interested in mental health and wellbeing in young people particularly from minority groups and the social mobilisation of young people around these issues. Humera uses mixed methods     and arts and film based methods in her research.

Humera Iqbal’s UCL,  Profile



Penny Mellor

images Penny Mellor is a Project Administrator at Thomas Coram Research Unit. She provides administrative support for the Child Language Brokering Study.




We are fortunate to be collaborating with a number of key actors and organisations:

young-interpreters-logo The Young Interpreters Network (YIN) is a scheme run by Hampshire Borough Council. They are unique in running a scheme that provides training that helps pupils whose English is an Additional Language, their parents and schools (and recently won the Guardian’s Public Services Award in 2013 for their service).



logo_routes_into_languages_enRoutes into Language, London (RiL) based in The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). RiL are part of a countrywide network that works to celebrate young people’s language use through widening participation activities. They celebrate the diversity of London’s language communities and work closely with schools and colleges to help create Cultural Awareness Days, mentoring and Language Ambassador Programmes.



Alan-Fentiman-2014Alan Fentiman runs his own film and web design company ( As well as specialising in documentaries, his work includes running workshops where young people take a participatory role in developing and editing film. He has worked with a number of vulnerable groups such as Service Children (North Yorkshire County Council), vulnerable adults (Resurrecting Consett documentary) and young single mothers (Northumberland Print Project). He is also an experienced web exhibition designer. Other commissions include BBC, Channel 4, Saga, Save the Children, and the Wildlife Trust.


ClaireRobbinsDr Claire Robins is a senior lecturer in art, design and museology at UCL Institute of Education. Claire’s research interests include: artists in sites for learning, curatorial practices and the shaping of knowledge in galleries and museums, art education. She has recently completed a monograph which examines the ways in which galleries and museums have deployed ‘artists’ interventions’ to reinterpret and critique collections and practices. She is particularly interested in artists whose work might be defined as ‘parafictional’ and who intervene in educational contexts in powerful, ludic, and disruptive ways.

Other artists and collaborators to this project are:

Pia Jaime, art workshop leader:

Evangelia Prokopiou, art workshop leader:

Michael Vidon: and the Educational Eastside Trust: