Professor Kaz Stuart, PhD

  • Professor and Principal Lecturer in Youth and Community Child, Young People, Families and Community Network Leader Practitioner Action Research and Creative Methods Hub Leader
  • Department of Health, Psychology and Social Studies
  • Health and Wellbeing
Professor Kaz Stuart, PhD

Biography

Kaz is a professor in the department of health psychology and social studies. She is an active researcher promoting social justice and using socially just research methods. Kaz was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award for Research in 2016.

Kaz is the principal lecturer for Youth Work and Community Development and Working with Children and Families (Lancaster) at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Qualifications and memberships

BA Ed. Hons in Primary Education and English

M.B.A. Educational Leadeship

PGC Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

PGC Counselling

PGC Executive Coaching and Mentoring

PhD. Collaborative Practice

HEA Principal Fellow

Academic and research interests

  • Contemporary issues for children, adolescents and families
  • Social Justice and Wellbeing
  • Empowerment and Agency
  • Cultural Historical Activity Theory
  • Leadership
  • Integrated Children's Services
  • Creative and Socially Just Research Methods
  • Asset / Strengths Based Approaches

Publications

Books

Stuart, K., Maynard, L., Rouncefield, C. (2015) Evaluating Projects with Young People: Creative Research Methods. London:  SAGE Publications.  

Stuart, K., Maynard, L. (2017) Promoting Young People’s Wellbeing Through Empowerment and Agency: A Critical Framework for Practice. Routledge. IN PRESS.

Chapters in books 

Stuart, K. (2012) 'Storytelling and Cycles of Development' in Paul McIntosh and Digby Warren (eds.) Creativity in the Classroom: Case studies in using the arts in teaching and learning in higher education. Bristol: Intellect Books.  

Gray, T. and Stuart, K. (2012) 'The Power of Storytelling in Adventure Therapy' in Encounters, The Fifth International Adventure Therapy Conference Proceedings, (Eds) Pryor, A., Carpenter, C., Kirchner, J., Norton, C. Czech Republic: Art and Science European Publishing. 

Ashworth, L., Maynard, M., Stuart, K. (2015) ‘Ethical Considerations in Outdoor Studies Research’ chapter in The International Handbook of Outdoor Studies, eds. H. Prince, B. Humberstone, C. Henderson. London: Sage.  

Stuart, K. (2017) Alice through the looking glass: An Autoethnographic account of women’s leadership in OE in the UK, International Handbook of Women’s Contribution to Outdoor Learning, Eds., Professor Denise Mitten and Tonia Grey. Pp.235-246. Palgrave Macmillan.

Stuart, K., Shay, M. (2018) Epistemological Exclusion, in Educational Research in the Age of the Anthropocene: Chronology, Context and Contestability, In Vicente Reyes, Jennifer Charteris, Adele Nye & Sofia Marvopoulo (Eds), Educational Research in the Age of the Anthropocene. pp.188-210. Hershey, PA, United States: IGI Global. 

Full papers in refereed journals 

Stuart, K. (2010) Narratives and Stories as Action Research Tools for Youth WorkJournal of Youth Work, No 6  

Stuart, K. (2010) Walking the Talk: Authentic Teaching of Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning, The Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal Vol.2 Dec 2010. 

Stuart, K., Alger, A. (2011) The Use of Transactional Analysis in Secondary Education: A Case Study, Teacher Education Advancement Journal. 3:1  

Stuart, K. (2011) Leading multi-professional teams in the children’s workforce: an action research project, International Journal of Integrated Care, 13.  

Stuart, K. (2011) Narratives and activity theory as reflective tools in action research, Educational Action Research Journal 20:3.  

Stuart, K. (2014) Activity Theory as a Reflective and Analytic Tool for Action Research on Multi-Professional Collaborative Practice, The Journal of Reflective Practice.  

Stuart, K. (2014) Collaborative Agency to Support Integrated Care for Children, Young People and Families: An Action Research Study the International Journal of Integrated Care.  

Stuart, K., Maynard, L. (2015) Non-Formal Youth Work and its Impact on Young People’s Lives, Youth Work Non-formal Education and Youth Participation: Thematic Issue of the Italian Journal of Sociology of Education.  

Stuart, K. and Wilcox, M. (2017) System Leadership Development in Children’s Centres in the UK, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal.

Stuart, K. (2017) Developing Distributed and System Leadership Practices in Children’s Centres: An Action Research Project, Educational Action Research. IN PRESS. 

Stuart, K., Shay, M. (2017) Epistemological Exclusion, Forum Qualitative Social Research, IN PRESS. 

Stuart, K. (2017) Cultural Historical Activity Theory to Illuminate Leadership Practices in a Group of Children’s Centres, Journal of Educational Action Research, IN PRESS. 

Stuart, K., Perris, E. (2017) Asset-based working to support homeless young people, Cogent Social Sciences.

Stuart, K. and Wilcox, M. (2017) System Leadership Development in Children’s Centres in the UK, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 8 (4), pp.470-488. 

Stuart, K. (2017) Asset-based youth work, Cogent Sociology, 3 (1), 1377989, pp. 1-16.

Stuart, K. (2017) Value-based Relational Leadership Practice in Children’s Centres: An Action Research Project, Educational Action Research, 26 (5), pp.716-735.

Stuart, K. (2018) Rebalancing the scales – asset-balanced practice, Sociology International Journal, 2 (1), pp.1-2.

Stuart, K. (2018) An Equalities Literacy Framework for Practice, Educational Action Research- In press.

Stuart, K., Willocks, K., Browning, R. (2018) Personal Tutoring in Higher Education, Educational Action Research – in press.

Stuart, K. (2019) Becoming a Scholar Activist for Social Justice, Action Research Network of the Americas Conference Proceedings – in press.

Other significant contributions to journals 

Stuart, K. (2013) Becomings, Action Research in Diverse Contexts: The Contemporary Challenge, The Collaborative Action Research Network Bulletin 2013  

Stuart, K., Maynard, L. (2013) Developing a Theory of Change, Horizons (63) October 2013.  

Stuart, K. (2016) ‘VUCA’ Contexts in Children’s Centres Demands System Leadership, Children’s Centre Leadership, Winter 2016. 

Stuart, K., Hillman, S. (2017) An Asset-Based Approach to Theory of Change, Centre for Youth Impact Evidence and Impact Essay Collection. London: Centre for Youth Impact.

Other creative and critical production 

Stuart, K., Maynard, L. and Rouncefield, C. (2011) Literature Review 5: Research and Evaluation Methods for Work with Young People. Ambleside: Brathay Trust. 

Stuart, K., Maynard, L.  (2012) Brathay’s Youth Development Model for Social Justice. Ambleside: Brathay Trust. 

Research reviews and reports 

Stuart, K. (2009) Evaluation of the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning Programme for the Teacher Development Agency 2009. Ambleside: University of Cumbria.  

Carr, K., Stuart, K. (2010) Evaluation of Merseyside Fire and Rescue’s Extended Induction Programme. Ambleside: Brathay Trust. 

Maynard, L., Stuart, K. (2011) Digital Me Research. Ambleside: Brathay Trust. 

Stuart, K. (2012) Evaluation of the Helena Housing Re:new Project. Ambleside: Brathay Trust. 

Stuart, K., Maynard, L., Carr, K. (2012) Evaluation of the ESRC Practice Development Conference. Ambleside: Brathay Trust.  

Stuart, K. (2012) Community Perceptions of Anti-Social Behaviour. Ambleside: Brathay Trust. 

Maynard, L., Stuart, K. (2013) Evaluation of the impact of the Growing Well Trust. Ambleside: Brathay Trust. 

Stuart, K. (2013) Social Return on Investment Feasibility Study and Framework for Balfour Beatty. Ambleside: Brathay Trust. 

Stuart, K. (2013) Theory of Change and Evaluation Framework for Affinity Sutton’s Youth Engagement. Ambleside: Brathay Trust. 

Stuart, K., Maynard, L. (2013) Young People in Groups: Youth Experiences of Gang Involvement and Violence in Sheffield. Ambleside: Brathay Trust. 

Stuart, K. (2014) Evaluation of the National Apprenticeship Service. Ambleside: Brathay Trust. 

Stuart, K. (2014) Public Consultation into Budget Proposals for Adult Social Care and Children’s Services. Ambleside: Indigo Children’s Services.  

Stuart, K. (2015) Review of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s Advice. Assistance and Representation Service for children living away from home and receiving social care. Ambleside: Indigo Children’s Services.  

Stuart, K. (2015) Impact Evaluation for the Pan-London Housing Association Youth Engagement Group. Keswick: Kaz Stuart Ltd. 

Stuart, K. (2015). Impact Evaluation for the Ready to Work Programme for Inspira. Keswick: Kaz Stuart Ltd. 

Stuart, K. (2015) Research into the factors that affect children and young people’s aspirations for housing and careers for Helena Housing. Keswick: Kaz Stuart Ltd. 

Stuart, K., Browning, R. (2015) Report A: The evidence base for asset-based housing support for the Foyer Federation. Lancaster: University of Cumbria.  

Stuart, K., Browning, R. (2015) Report B: Theory of change and evaluation toolkit for asset-based housing support for the Foyer Federation. Lancaster: University of Cumbria.  

Stuart, K., Cowle, T., Browning, R. (2016) Evaluation the Greater Together Service to Support Children and Young Victims of Crime, Q1. Lancaster: University of Cumbria. 

Stuart, K., Cowle, T., Browning, R. (2016) Evaluation the Greater Together Service to Support Children and Young Victims of Crime, Q2. Lancaster: University of Cumbria. 

Stuart, K., Cowle, T., Browning, R. (2016) The Greater Together Service to Support Children and Young Victims of Crime, Six Month Qualitative Evaluation. Lancaster: University of Cumbria. 

Conference convenor and chair roles 

Stuart, K.  (2005) International Consortium of Experiential Learning Conference Chair, University of Lancaster 1 – 5th July. 

Stuart, K. (2008) Conference Co-Chair, International Consortium of Experiential Learning Bi-annual Conference; UTS Sydney, 10th – 15th December. 

Stuart, K. (2013) Convenor and Chair ‘The Wellbeing Conference’. Brathay Trust and University of Cumbria. Brathay Trust, 23rd July 2013.      

Stuart, K. (2016). Convenor and Facilitator of the 'Hertfordshire Head's of Children's Centres 'VUCA' Leadership Conference', 1st November, 2016, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Conference presentations – keynotes  

Stuart, K. (2012) Collaborative Agency in the Children’s Workforce: achieving more together for children, young people and families. The UNICEF World Forum on Child Welfare, Naples, 27th – 30th November.  

Stuart, K. (2013) Youth Justice Programmes at Brathay Trust. Youth Justice Forum, London, 23rd November. 

Stuart, K. (2014) Multi-Agency Perspectives on Wellbeing. Cumbria and Northumbria Wellbeing Symposium, Kirkland Hall, University of Northumbria, 11th September 2014. 

Stuart, K. (2014) Problematising Participation. UCLAN Social Research Seminars. Preston, 26th March. 

Stuart, K. (2015) ‘Problematising Empowerment’ Keynote. Aberdeen University Community Learning and Development Summer School. Aberdeen University, 25th June, 2015. 

Stuart, K. (2016) Asset based services and evaluation – building on success, Keynote at the Foyer Federation National Conference. Aston University, 7th June 2016. 

Stuart, K. (2016) Social Justice for Children, Young People and Families – Pipedream or practicality?, Keynote Address at Herts for Learning Children’s Centre Leadership Conference. 30th October, 2016, Hatfield. 

Stuart, K. (2016) Concrete practice from conceptual soup: wellbeing, social justice, empowerment and agency through a critical pedagogical approach, Invited speaker at Queensland University of Technology, 22nd November 2016. 

Stuart, K. (2017) Fake, Frantic, Fabulous and Fulfilling: Post-doctoral Research, Invited speaker at University of Cumbria Doctoral Colloquium, 12th July 2017.

Stuart, K. (2018) Socially Just Authentic Research and Evaluation Methods, Invited Speaker to the See Change Conference, Guelph Humber University, Toronto, 10th March, 2018.

Stuart, K. (2018) Poverty, Poor Housing and Child Outcomes: Reviewing What’s Known, Invited Speaker to the Cumbria Child Poverty Forum, Moorclose, Workington, 27th September 2018.

Stuart, K. (2019) Asset Balanced Practice – from Ideology to Reality, Invited speaker at the Great North Children’s Research Community Conference, Life Sciences Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, 8th March 2019.

Stuart, K. (2019) Being Asset-Balanced – Lessons from the Big Friendly Giant, Invited speaker at the Dr Barnardo’s Children’s Summit: Being a Child in Cumbria, Richard Rose Academy, Carlisle, 23rd March 2019.

Stuart, K. (2019) Making it Count – Supporting Early Educational Equity, Keynote at the Hertfordshire School Improvement Forum, Focolare Centre, Welwyn Garden City, 27th March 2019.

Conference presentations – peer reviewed abstracts  

Stuart, K.  (2005) Experiential Learning to Improve Body Image in Young Women. ICEL Bi-annual Conference, University of Lancaster 1 – 5th July.  

Stuart, K. (2007) Transactional Analysis for Children and Young People Case Study. IDTA Annual Conference, Glasgow Hilton, 15th – 17th October. 

Stuart, K. (2007) Educational Uses of Transactional Analysis. ITAA Annual Conference, Keele University 10th – 11th November. 

Stuart, K. (2008) Pandora’s Box: Expanding Learning through Transactional Analysis. International Developmental Transactional Analysis Conference, London, 13th – 15th October. 

Stuart, K., Gray, T. (2009) The Power of Storytelling in Adventure Therapy. 5th International Adventure Therapy Conference, Edinburgh University, 7th – 11th September. 

Stuart, K. (2009) Integrated Learning through Developmental Narrative., ICEL Bi-annual Conference, UTS Sydney, 10th – 15th December. 

Stuart, K. (2010) Narrative: An Action Research Tool for Inter-professional Work. Youth Development and Evidence of Impact. Mind the Gap conference. University of Strathclyde, 7th – 11th September.  

Stuart, K. (2010) Activity Theory as an Inter-professional Action Research Tool. The Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, Cambridge 7th October. 

Stuart, K., Alger, A. (2011) An Evaluation of the use of Transactional Analysis in Secondary Education. Teacher Education Advancement Network Conference, 12th May. 

Stuart, K. (2011) The Big Society and Behaviour. Inside Government Conference, London, 15th May. 

Stuart, K. (2011) Trans-disciplinary research development in community youth work. The Values and Virtues Conference, York St John University, 1st – 2nd July. 

Stuart, K. and Maynard, L. (2011) Creative approaches to research in youth work. 34th CARN, Vienna, November. 

Stuart, K. (2011) Collaborative practice in the youth work sector. International Conference on Youth Work and Youth Studies, Strathclyde University, 28th – 30th August. 

Stuart, K. (2011) Evidence of Impact: Research and Evaluation Methodologies for Work with Young People. British Educational Research Conference, Institute of Education, 6th – 8th September. 

Stuart, K. (2011) Activity Theory as a Reflective and Analytic Tool for Action Research on Multi- Professional Collaborative Practice. British Educational Research Conference, Institute of Education, 6th – 8th September.  

Stuart, K., Rouncefield, C. (2011) Transdisciplinary research development in community youth work. 8th European Congress of Community Psychology, York St John University, 15th -16th October.

Stuart, K., Maynard, L. (2011) Creative Participatory Methods for Action Research in a National Youth Work Charity. Bringing a Different World into Existence. Collaborative Action Research Conference, Vienna, 4th – 6th November. 

Stuart, K. (2011) Becomings: Workplace cultures, professional identities and personal agency. Bringing a Different World into Existence, Collaborative Action Research Conference, Vienna, 4th – 6th November. 

Stuart, K. (2011) Friend or Foe? Youth work and outdoor education. The National Institute of Outdoor Learning Conference. Melton Mowbray, 17th – 18th November. 

Stuart, K., Maynard, L. (2012) Into the Wilds: Using creative research and evaluation methods with young people in outdoor and experiential learning settings? The National Institute of Outdoor Learning Conference, Stafford, 17th – 19th October. 

Stuart, K. (2013) Creative Research Methods for Outdoor Experiential Learning. The NorthWest Outdoor Learning Conference. Dallam School, 14th January. 

Stuart, K., Maynard, L. (2014) Empowerment, Agency and Wellbeing. Children, Young People and Families Wellbeing Conference, University Cumbria and Brathay Trust. University of Cumbria, 17th June. 

Stuart, K. (2014) Empowerment, Agency and Wellbeing in the Outdoors Masterclass. The National Conference for the Institute of Outdoor Learning. Loughborough University, 18th October. 

Stuart, K. and Wilcox, M. (2015) System Leadership Development in Children’s Centres in the UK. The University of Cumbria Leading Well Conference. Brathay Trust, 16th – 18th July.  

Stuart, K. (2016) Partnership working – collaborative advantage. The Foyer Federation National Conference. Aston University, 7th June. 

Stuart, K. (2016) Participative action research in leading children. Real World Research Conference, University of Cumbria, 8th July. 

Stuart, K. (2016) Asset Based Services for Young People. Doctoral Colloquium, University of Cumbria, 15th July 2016. 

Stuart, K. (2016) Researcher Integrity. Post Graduate Research Summer School, University of Cumbria, 4th – 15th July. 

Stuart, K., Shay, M. (2016) Narrative participative action research to support social justice: methodological comparisons between the UK and Australia. Australian Association of Educational Research, Melbourne, 29th November. 

Stuart, K. (2016) Cultural-historical activity theory analysis of leadership in children’s centres in the UK. Australian Association of Educational Research, Melbourne, Melbourne, 29th November. 

Stuart, K. and Taylor, J. (2017) Improving Student Attainment with Rubrics and Feedforward, Higher Education Academy, Manchester University, 4th July 2017.

Stuart, K. (2017) System Leadership in Children’s Centres, Questioning Leadership Symposium, University of Cumbria, 17th July 2017.

Stuart, K. (2017) Wellbeing, empowerment, agency and assets, Foyer Federation Practice Development Conference, Aston University, Birmingham, 28th September.

Stuart, K. (2017) Socially Just Research Methods, Collaborative Action Research Conference, Rhythmos University, Crete, 19th – 22nd October.

Stuart, K. and Maynard, L. (2017) Promoting Young People’s Empowerment: A Critical Approach, Brathay Practice Development Conference, Brathay Trust, Ambleside, 13th November.

Stuart, K. (2017) Asset Based Working for Learning, Education and Development, LED Research Centre Launch Event, University of Cumbria, Lancaster, 23rd November.

Stuart, K. (2017) System Leadership in the Children’s Workforce, University of Cumbria, Lancaster, 3rd December.

Stuart, K., Ledwith, M., McKardle, K. (2018) Making an Impact – From Micro to Macro Influence, Online Webinar, Collaborative Action Research Network MOOC, 21st March 2018.

Stuart, K. and Hardacre, C. (2018) Socially Just Authentic Research and Evaluation Methods, Action Research Network of the Americas Conference, San Diego, 24th June, 2018.

Stuart, K., Willocks, K., Browning, R. (2018) Personal Tutoring at the University of Cumbria, Teaching and Learning Festival, University of Cumbria, 6th July 2018.

Stuart, K., Maynard, L. (2018) Wellbeing, social justice, critical pedagogy, evaluation, empowerment, Transformative Youth Work International Conference: Developing & Communicating the Impact, University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, 3rd September 2018.

Stuart, K. (2018) Wellbeing, social justice, critical pedagogy, evaluation, empowerment, British Educational Research Association Conference, Newcastle University, 7th – 9th September 2018.

Stuart, K. (2018) An Equalities Literacy Framework to Support Research and Practice, Collaborative Action Research Conference, Friends Meeting House, Manchester, 15th – 17th October 2018.

Stuart, K. (2019) Educational Co-Creation through Action Research on Educational Inequality, Collaborative Action Research Conference, Split, Croatia, 18th October 2019.

Stuart, K. (2019) Into the Wilds with Participatory Action Research on Inequality, Collaborative Action Research Conference, Split, Croatia, 19th October 2019.

Dornaik, M., Stuart, K., Yong, R., Umeda, M. (2019) “It`s not my fault!” – Exploring multiple causal factors for educational and societal dropout in Asia and Europe Symposium, World Educational Research Conference, Tokyo, August 2019.

Recent external roles

External Examiner, York St John University

Quality Assurer, The Foyer Federation

Member Collaborative Action Research Network