Martin Woodhead is emeritus professor of childhood studies at the Open University in the United Kingdom. He is also associate research director of Young Lives, a four-country study of child poverty based at the University of Oxford. His research, teaching, and publications span early child development, education, and care, as well as child labor and education. Woodhead was special advisor to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in the drafting of General Comment 7, “Implementing Child Rights in Early Childhood” (2005), and led on the preparation of the UN Secretary General’s Status of the UNCRC Report of August 2010. Woodhead was coeditor of the journal Children & Society from 2003 to 2011. He is also a member of the board of trustees for UNICEF, UK.
Woodhead holds a BA first class honors degree in psychology from Manchester University, an MA in education from Leicester University, and a PhD in early childhood education from the Open University.