Race, ethnicity and child development

 Funded by University of Sheffield Economics Department 

 What are the aims of this project?

This research aims to explore the effects of racism, experienced directly or indirectly, on child development and childhood outcomes.

 Why is this important?

From an early age, children interact with other children and adults within and outside of the family environment, and the outcomes of these interactions may shape child development and wellbeing. In addition, the interactions of parents with wider society may also play a role in shaping child outcomes if children witness these interactions or if these interactions influence the parenting received by the child. To date, there is very little evidence on the extent to which child and parental interactions with wider society matter for child development and wellbeing. We will address this issue by looking specifically at the effect of racism, which children may experience directly or vicariously through the experiences of parents, on children’s outcomes.

How will the research be carried out?

We will undertake a literature review to examine measures of racism and ways of exploring the relationships between racism and child outcomes. We will analyse secondary survey and cohort data to examine relationships between experience of racism and racist incidents and indicators of child development.


February 2015 – March  2016

Who is undertaking the research?

Dr Ana Nuevo-Chiqeuro (Economics), Dr Anita Ratcliffe (Economics), Dr Gurleen Popli (Economics), Professor Sarah Salway (ScHARR)

How are stakeholders being engaged?

The project will engage with stakeholders including members of the public and policy and practice communities via a one day conference to be held in January 2016.

What will be the outputs from the study?

Findings will be used to inform the development of a more detailed, follow on research study. Findings will also be shared through presentations and academic papers.