Sara Imanian

Doctoral Researcher

Subject Areas: Social Work

Qualitative Social Research, Childhood Studies, Evaluating Child Right Institutions.

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Sara's PhD project is on evaluating the impact of independent human rights institutions for children. Independent Human Rights Institutions for Children (IHRICs) are usually children’s ombudsmen or commissioners with duties and powers to monitor, promote and protect the rights of children. A majority of these institutions have been established in the last decade. They are very young and under researched. An impact evaluation of them will facilitate identifying the extent to which these institutions have pursued their objectives and illustrate their effectiveness to their funders. However, a comprehensive systematic impact evaluation of the IHRICs has not been produced until now to introduce a framework with well designed child right indicators. This study attempts to fill in this gap. The aims of this research project are to explore conceptualisations of ‘impact’ by IHRICs in addition to developing methods and indicators for measuring the impact of them.


PhD Social Work, UCLan, 2014 (Expected)

MA International Childhood Studies, The University of Sheffield, 2010


Ad hoc teaching and students' learning support

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Qualitative Social Research, Childhood Studies, Evaluating Child Right Institutions 


Evaluating the Impact of Independent Human Right Institutions for Children


Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

4th International Conference of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth, July 2012, Sheffield

2nd International conference of the Childhood and Youth Research Network, September 2012, Preston

Annual conference of ENOC members, October 2012, Cyprus

First international symposium of PhD students working on children’s rights, January 2013, Liverpool