Beth Barker

Dr Beth Barker


  • Position Governing Body Fellow Junior Research Fellow
  • School Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty of Education
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  • Department link Education

Beth is a Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development, and Learning (PEDAL) in the Faculty of Education.

Beth Barker

Beth completed her PhD in 2021 at Imperial College London (funded by the President's PhD Scholarship). Her PhD focused on the important role caregivers play in their children’s lives, with close attention paid to children’s behavioural development between the ages of one and five. Beth currently works as a Research Associate on the Helping Little Minds Thrive project (funded by the UKRI) which focuses on working alongside families themselves and services to develop new ways to strengthen mental health in early life (aged 0-4 years).

Beth's research has centred on understanding the links between parenting and child mental health, with a focus on the ways in which we can develop effective programmes of support to be delivered to families in the first few years of children’s lives. Beth is committed to involving children themselves in all stages of research and focused on translating her research group's work to real-world impacts.

What's on

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Varieties of Togetherness: Some Approaches to Feminist Art History

21/05/2024 at 17.30

How might methods of feminist political organising offer transformative methods for art history? 

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Show me your bowl and I’ll tell you who you are

28/05/2024 at 17.30

How can material culture be used to reconstruct ancient human stories?

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Sculpture unveiling: Essay on Reticulations

28/05/2024 at 18.30

Join us for the unveiling of Essay on Reticulations, a new sculptural work at Wolfson College.

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Wolfson Garden Tour: A World Environment Day Celebration

05/06/2024 at 16.45

What solutions is the Wolfson Garden employing to grow trees, revive water sources and rejuvinate soil?

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Lunchtime Concert: Wolfson Chamber Group

08/06/2024 at 13.30

Hear the Wolfson Chamber Group perform at this Saturday lunchtime concert.