Researcher biography

Dr Emma Cooke is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) and the Centre for Children's Health Research (CCHR) at the University of Queensland. She is a sociologist with expertise in the sociology of childhood and qualitative research, and she works in interdisciplinary teams. She researches Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), early childhood discourses, children's rights, and the lived experiences of children, educators and families – with a focus on relaxation, sleep, gender, and wellbeing.

At ISSR, Dr Cooke is based in the Child Development, Education and Care Group and she is working on the Evaluation of the Queensland KindyLinQ Pilot Program. As a Research Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, she is currently researching educators' experiences of using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in ECEC settings. At CCHR she works with doctors and nurses to research families' experiences of having a child with Down Syndrome and sleep difficulties.

In her PhD thesis, Dr Cooke utilised a crystallization methodological framework to gain multifaceted insights into children's relaxation and unrestful experiences in ECEC. She has extensive experience interviewing children and adults across a range of contexts, and uses different qualitative analysis methodologies, including thematic analysis, discourse analysis, and creative analytical practices. She is a member of 'DRAW: Departing Radically in Academic Writing' and is interested in exploring how to 'show and not tell' research and engage in research translation.