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Dr Rhian Barrance

Dr Rhian Barrance


School of Social Sciences

+44 (029) 20688723
0.70, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Welsh speaking


I am a Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, where I teach on education, the sociology of childhood, children's rights and social movements. My research interests include education policy, equity in education, assessment and qualifications. I am also interested in children's rights and children's activism. I am currently working on a project on young people's climate activism in Wales. 

During my time at Cardiff I have worked on the WISERD Education multi-cohort study and have completed two projects for the Children's Commissioner for Wales, including an evidence review on the human rights of children in Wales.

Prior to joining Cardiff University, I completed my PhD in Education at the Centre for Children's Rights, Queen's University Belfast. This was a mixed-methods project which used a children's rights approach to identify students' views and experiences of GCSEs and their reform in Northern Ireland and Wales. While completing my doctorate I worked as a Research Fellow on a University of Oxford and Queen's University Belfast project investigating the predictability of Leaving Certificate examinations in the Republic of Ireland.

Additional advisory roles: 

  • Trustee of Play Wales
  • I represent Cardiff University on the Equity & Inclusion Collaborative Research Network which was established to support the Welsh National Strategy for Educational Research and Enquiry.
  • I am on the editorial board for the Welsh Encyclopaedia of Social Sciences (Esboniadur Gwyddorau Cymdeithasol). 


Education and qualifications

2012-2016: PhD Education, Centre for Children's Rights, Queen's University Belfast

2010-2011: PGCE Secondary English, Cardiff Metropolitan University

2008-2009: MA Medieval British Studies, Cardiff University

2005-2008: BA English Language and Literature, University of Oxford








Past projects