Nicola Tayor, member of Childwatch International Board
Nicola Taylor is the Director of the Children’s Issues Centre at the University of Otago in New Zealand. She also holds the Alexander McMillan Chair in Childhood Studies and has a part-appointment in the Faculty of Law. Nicola has qualifications in both social work and law, has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and is an accredited family mediator. She has a particular interest in socio-legal research with children, parents and professionals on parental separation issues, children’s participation in family justice processes, international law and human rights issues affecting children, and the ethics of research with children and young people.
Nicola has been actively involved in Childwatch International since the Children’s Issues Centre hosted the Key Institutions Assembly in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1999. She was first elected to the Childwatch Board at Addis Ababa in 2009. Nicola has chaired the Childwatch Thematic Group on Citizenship and Nation Building and was the lead editor of their book Children as Citizens? International Voices published in 2009. She contributed to the Rural Childhood Thematic Group, and initiated and co-chaired the Thematic Groups on Children and the Law and, more recently (with Professor Anne Graham, Australia), Building Capacity for Ethical Research with Children and Young People. This latter project has been a flagship for Childwatch over recent years in partnership with the UNICEF Office of Research Innocenti.
Nicola is married with three children – two sons (Lloyd and Alex) aged 21 and 18, and one daughter (Victoria) aged 14.