Candice Satchwell

Prof. Candice Satchwell

Professor of Literacies and Education and Course Leader Doctorate in Education

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Media Factory, ME409

+44 (0) 1772 89 3799

Subject Areas: English and Linguistics, Education

Candice has carried out a wide range of research projects in a variety of educational and informal settings, examining uses of literacies in life. Her current research uses a participatory approach with disadvantaged children and young people, employing narrative, fiction and arts-based methodologies to tell stories that reflect their own lives. Candice is Course Leader for the Doctorate in Education, teaches postgraduates, and supervises doctorates relating to education, children’s and young people’s lives, stories, and literacies.

Candice is also an External Examiner at Staffordshire University.

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Candice led a large AHRC-funded project ‘Stories to Connect With: disadvantaged children creating ‘phygital’ community artefacts to share their life-narratives of resilience and transformation’ (2015-2018), which was shortlisted for the AHRC-Wellcome Medal for Health Humanities Research 2018 and Winner of Educate North Research Project of the Year 2019. Candice is Co-Director of the Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation at UCLan, and collaborates with colleagues in health, social work, linguistics and literature to investigate children's perspectives. She is particularly interested in using innovative research methods, including the uses of fiction and creative writing to work with disadvantaged children and young people sharing narratives about their lives. Candice's research with children and young people has included researching children’s concepts of punctuation, and their understanding of climate change both in school and out of school. She has also carried out research with people who are homeless, looking at how education can provide routes into work, and how people who are homeless use literacy in their often turbulent lives.

Candice has taught in Further and Higher Education since 1992, predominantly as a lecturer in English and Linguistics. Before coming to UCLan in 2013, Candice worked as a Senior Researcher at Lancaster University. Her research has included projects in a range of settings, including schools, Further Education Colleges, community groups, and universities.


  • National Teaching Fellow - awarded 2016.
  • PhD Literacy in Education, Manchester Metropolitan University 1998.
  • PGCE Bolton Institute of HE 1992.
  • BA (Hons) English, Lancaster University.


  • Co-Director of Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation.
  • Associate member of Lancaster Literacy Research Group.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for encouragement of the Arts.
  • Member of UK Literacy Association, and Digital Literacies in Education SIG.
  • Member of Society for Research in Higher Education.


  • Principal Investigator (PI): Stories to Connect (AHRC funded) 2015-2018
  • Rewriting the Future (HEFCE funded) 2018-2020
  • Telling Tales of Impact and Engagement (EPSRC funded) 2019-2020
  • Storytelling and the Environment 2019-2020


Satchwell, C. (2018) Collaborative writing with young people with disabilities: raising new questions of authorship and agency. Literacy

Satchwell, C. and Davidge, G. (2018) The mismeasure of a young man: an alternative reading of autism through a co-constructed fictional story, Qualitative Research in Psychology

Satchwell, C. (2019) Fictionalised stories co-produced with disadvantaged children and young people: uses with professionals. Chapter in Jarvis, C. and Gouthro, P. (Eds) Professional Education with Fiction Media: Imagination for Engagement and Empathy in Learning, Palgrave Macmillan. 

Satchwell, C. (2016) ‘Agents of change? Creating meaningful opportunities for children to engage with climate change education’, in Winograd, K. (ed) Environmental Education in Times of Crisis: Children as Agents of Change in Nature and in Community, New York: Routledge.

More Publications


  • ‘Phygital objects in virtual and physical space: Stories of connection’, Public Launch of Institute for Citizenship Society and Change, May 2019.
  • ‘Children, climate change and education’, Climate Psychology Alliance Annual Conference, London, July 2018.
  • ‘Stories to Connect: a community-university participatory project initiated by young people to tell their stories’. Vancouver, Canada. C2UExpo May 2017.
  • ‘Using phygital artefacts to connect through stories in the community’, Digital Literacies in Education Symposium at UKLA International Conference Language, Literacy and Class: Connections and Contradictions. Glasgow, July 2017.

Conferences (Cont.)

  • ‘Literary pathways in the co-creation and re-presentation of stories by, with and for disadvantaged young people’. 2-3 March 2017, Norwich, UK. LitCom1: Conference on Literature and Communities.
  • ‘Stories to connect with. The use of narrative methodology with disadvantaged children and young people in a community-based participatory research project.’ Narrative Matters International Conference, June 2016, Victoria, Canada: How Narrative Research transforms peoples and communities.

Research Activities

  • Candice is a qualitative researcher with research interests in children’s and young people’s perspectives; literacies in and out of education; understandings of climate change; disadvantaged children’s and young people’s life narratives; storytelling and the environment.

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Course Leader for Doctorate in Education.
  • PhD and EdD supervisor for a range of topics relating to education, children and young people’s lives and perspectives, social practices relating to climate change, literacies in and out of education.