My areas of interest are childhood publics, children's participation rights, youth development, participatory programming and evaluation, ethnography, and qualitative research methods. 


Recent research projects

2014-2019 - ERC Starter Grant, Connectors: an international study into the development of children’s everyday practices of participation in circuits of social action (Principal Investigator).

2012-2014 - Kick Start Network, New Publics: Innovating Children & Young People's Communities. Funded by the University of Sussex & Higher Education Innovation Fund (Lead applicant).

2011 – Research on Inequalities and Multiple Discrimination in Access to Healthcare. For European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. (Qualitative Research Expert; PI: Prof Eleonore Kofman, Middlesex University).

2010-2012 - Evaluating the Children & Young People’s Community Group Programme. For Against Violence and Abuse ( funded by Comic Relief (Evaluation Lead).


Recent conference and seminar talks

Nolas, S-M. (2014) ‘Introducing the Connectors Study’, Invited workshop to the First BPS Community Psychology Festival, London (November 2014).

Nolas, S-M. (2014) ‘Connectors: from Children’s Participation to Ethics in Childhood’, Crisis and Social Change: Towards Alternative Horizons, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Sciences (September 2014).

Nolas, S-M. (2012) ‘Unpacking children’s vulnerability: theories, methods and praxis’.  The BPS Developmental Psychology Section. University of Strathclyde, Scotland. (September, 2012).

Nolas, S-M. (2012). Developing a poietics of participatory practice with children and youth. Seminar given for the Public Science Project and the Department of Psychology, City University of New York, New York (May, 2012).