Christina Fashanu

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Dr. Christina Fashanu PhD MA MTeach

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood


Christina is a senior lecturer in Early Childhood with research interests in linguistic and cultural diversity and social justice in Early Years educational settings. Christina is particularly interested in participatory methodologies and the ethical challenges of conducting research with young children.



Christina's PhD looked at the communicative practices of children in a super-diverse classroom, and how these clashed with the narrow expectations of the EYFS. Christina is currently has an ECR fellowship to conduct research with young asylum-seeking and refugee children. The aim of the project is to uncover the barriers these children faced in accessing education throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and how schools, Early Years providers and charitable organisations have overcome these challenges.



Sheffield Institute of Education

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Studies



Challenges and successes relating to supporting access to education for young asylum seeking and refugee children in Sheffield throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, ECR fellowship project (2021/22)



Other activities

Christina runs the 'Ethics of Research with Children and Young People' research cluster- an interdisciplinary group with participants at all levels of academia, from post-grad to professor who share a common interest in overcoming the ethical challenges presented by research with children and young people.

The research cluster word press site can be found here:


Postgraduate supervision

Christina currently supervises a student in CRESR who is studying the impacts of energy poverty on children, incorporating the children's perspectives.

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