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Research and the Birth of Playwork Practice

Journal of Playwork Practice

Saturday, 7 November 2015 from 10:30 to 16:30 (GMT)

Research and the Birth of Playwork Practice

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To celebrate the launch of JPP we held a free seminar at the University of Greenwich on 4th October 2014. Around 40 people attended ‘From practice to theory’ to explore how research might help to develop the playwork profession, with keynote presentations on various research topics by academics from UK, America and Australia.

Building on this successful launch seminar, the Editorial Board and the publishers of JPP, Policy Press, are pleased to announce the second Journal of Playwork Practice Research Seminar, Research and the Birth of Playwork Practice,focusing on how research has been a key part of playwork practice since the days of the adventure playground pioneers.

Once again welcoming academic speakers from across the world, this seminar will offer you the opportunity to hear about research from a range of different disciplinary perspectives and to learn more about current research projects in adventure playgrounds.

Research and the Birth of Playwork Practice will take place at Glyndwr University, Wrexham on 7th November 2015. This will be a free event, but places are limited.

For any further enquiries please email

For more information about our hosts, Glyndwr University, please see


Dr Rick Worch, Associate Professor of Education, Bowling Green State University, USA

  • 'Fantasy Adventure Playground Research'

Martin van Rooijen, PhD Candidate University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, the Netherlands

  • 'Assessing risk in adventure playgrounds: the professional as pedagogue and influencing factorson supporting children’s risk-taking in play'

Dr Tilean Clarke, London Play

  • 'Exploring the Play Works research programme'

 Dr Barbara Chancellor, RMIT University, Melbourne, Austrialia

  • 'A Century Defending the Child's Right to Play: Beginnings of the play(work) movement in Melbourne, Australia'

Della Austin, Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy Glyndwr University, Alison Woolf, Lecturer in Play and Creative Therapies Glyndwr University

  • 'We are all born researchers’: using the art and the science of play to find things out.

·       Shelly Newstead, Mrs. Angela Mays, Professor Nicholas Mays

  • 'An introduction to ‘Adventure in Play’ by John Barron Mays'


For those of you who have not yet subscribed to JPP, the easiest way to do so is to follow the links from the Common Threads website here: Don’t forget that individual CT members can subscribe for just £32, saving £16 on a print-only subscription! However if you work in an organisation or local authority and would like to purchase subscriptions on behalf of the groups you work with, please email the publishers for bulk subscription rates -



Wrexham's Play Team have extended the opportunity of a tour of the Adventure Playgrounds in Wrexham including Gwenfro Valley, The Venture and The Land on the afternoon of the 6th November followed with an opportunity to network afterwards. Please contact Mike Barclay on to book a place.


With the support of our partners Glyndwr University, we have been able to secure discounted accommodation rates for those wanting to travel to Wrexham on the Friday before the seminar.

Ramada Plaza Wrexham offer bed and breakfast on Friday 6th November at £83.00 per person. Please contact them directly to book quoting the rate 'JPP Conference'. Details can be found on and this hotel is in walking distance of the University or email

The Premier Inn in Gresford is able to offer Friday 6th November accommodation as follows:

Premier Saver Pre-pay, no amendments or refunds at £35.00 accommodation only

Premier Flexible (Can Amend up to 1pm on day of arrival) at £55.00 accommodation only or with breakfast £63.75

This hotel is not within walking distance of the University Campus and details can be found

If you are travelling from outside the UK and require any assistance with making your booking, please contact us on we will do our best to help.

Do you have questions about Research and the Birth of Playwork Practice? Contact Journal of Playwork Practice

When & Where

Glyndwr University
Mold Road
LL11 2AW Wrexham
United Kingdom

Saturday, 7 November 2015 from 10:30 to 16:30 (GMT)

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Journal of Playwork Practice

Journal of Playwork Practice aims to advance playwork research and practice by providing the first ever interdisciplinary platform for the publication and dissemination of scholarship relevant to playwork practice.

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