Dr Alex Owen is Head of the Department of Early Childhood at Liverpool Hope University. Previously, she has worked as a Senior Lecturer and Award Leader in Children and Family Studies. She has a range of practice experience, including having worked as a Children, Youth and Family Worker for a number of years. She holds a BTh (hons) from Brunel University and an MA from Kings College London. Her PhD, from Brunel University, researched the impact of relationship upon children and young people’s identity formation.
Alex's current research focuses on the impact of poverty upon young children’s present day life experience and future life chances. Within the United Kingdom the importance of the parenting of children in their early years has received recent significant interest. It has been found that positive outcomes for young children are often significantly weakened by the impact of poverty upon a parent's ability to support their child. Alex is the Principal Investigator for a research project working with The Foundation Years Trust, an organisation led by Frank Field MP, that seeks to make operational the outcomes of Field's 2010 review, 'The Foundation Years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults.' The research explores how engagement with informal social support networks has value in terms of a parent’s mental well-being and a parent’s peer education; both of which support a parent’s ability to parent a young child appropriately within a context of poverty.
Alex is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Key Practitioner in Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Education. She is an External Examiner at London Metropolitan University and chairs the Liverpool Hope University Faculty of Education Quality, Learning and Teaching Committee. She is vice chair of governors for a local primary school and has volunteered as a trustee for Oasis Community Learning, one of the largest multi-Academy sponsors in England.
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