Professor of Sociology and Childhood Studies, School of Education, Faculty of Sciences, Education and Law, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Professor Alan Prout has worked in the sociology of childhood for many years and held appointments at the Universities of Cambridge, Keele, Hull, Stirling and Warwick. After his formal retirement from Warwick in 2013, he moved back to the West Riding of Yorkshire, where he was born and where he now hill walks, volunteers in his local library and helps with the Marsden Jazz Festival. As part of this transition between Pitta and Vata, he took up a part-time appointment at the University of Leeds, also in 2013. Previously he was Director of the ESRC “Children 5-16 Research Programme” (1995 – 2001) and Director of the Institute of Education at Warwick University (2007-10). He is an author or editor of numerous publications in the social study of childhood, including highly cited books such as Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood, Theorizing Childhood, and The Future of Childhood: towards the interdisciplinary study of children. Although his main work has been in the sociology of childhood, he has also contributed to the sociology of health and illness, including empirical studies of childhood sickness, family health practices, and medical technology (in particular the use of inhalers in the management of childhood asthma). Recent interests include children’s participation in public services and children’s use of e-toys.