Professor Martin Woodhead

Associate Research Director, Young Lives Study, Oxford Department of International Development


Professor Woodhead's research interests include early childhood development, education and care, child labour and children's rights across the developing world.

He has served as a Special Adviser to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and led the preparation of the UN Secretary General's Status of the UNCRC report for the 65th UN General Assembly in 2010. He is also Vice-Chair of UNICEF UK's Board of Trustees and Chair of the Open Society Foundations' Early Child Program Advisory Board. 

He is Emeritus Professor of Childhood Studies at the Open University. 


  • Early childhood development in developing countries
  • Education and care in developing countries
  • Private schooling in developing countries
  • Child rights
  • Child labour
  • Inequality and children
  • Children and well-being