Speaking Engagements


Bristol Business School, Distinguished Professorial Address.
10th June

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Inpes (Institut national de prevention et d’education pour la sante), Paris. Creating a research agenda to understand links between marketing and youth obesity. Keynote speech
3 March


TEDx, 22 June, Ghent

Centre for Trust and Ethical Behaviour, Coventry University, Key Note Speaker
24th April

House of Commons, All Party Group for Parents and Families, Key Note Speaker
19th March

The Legal Basis for Children’s and young people’s engagement with the internet. LSE, Key Note Speaker
19th March

Watching Wanting and Wellbeing ESRC Seminar Series, Vulnerable Consumers, Lancaster Business School Guest Speaker
8th March

Advergames: It’s Not Child’s Play. Edinburgh University
7th March

eNACSO, Rome, Key Note Speaker
23 February

Everyone thinks you’re awesome if you’ve got a Ferrari. King William’s College, Isle of Man
28th January


Protection or Participation? The ethics of research with children. Market Research Society, November 26th

33rd Veerstichting Symposium, Leiden, Netherlands. Lost in Excess.
Key Note Speaker.
21st and 22nd September. Click for more information.

Bristol’s BIG GREEN WEEK.The Light Studio, Arnolfini, Harbourside, Bristol.
Common Cause – The Ethical Debates in Advertising.
Speaking with Jon Alexander and Guy Shrubsole co-authors of “Think of Me As Evil”. Wednesday 13th June 4.00pm to 5.30pm Click to book.

Open University, Milton Keynes, Institute of Social Marketing Conference. Keynote Speaker.
9 May Click here for more information.

Central London, Public Event, New and Emerging Challenges in Child Protection.
22 March. Click here for more information and booking form.

University of Edinburgh, Status Brands and Childhood Wellbeing. 15 March.

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival. 14 March. Click for more information.

University of Stirling, Institute for Social Marketing, Materialism, Inequality and Childhood Well-Being. 12 March.

University of Bath People think you're awesome if you've got a Ferarri. 2 March.

Globalnet21 Wellbeing and Equality. Are we failing our children?. 21 February. Click here for more information.

"People think you're awesome if you've got a Ferrari". The role of brands in contemprorary society. Godolphin and Latymer School, February 6, 2012.


Brand Bullies, Suffolk Education Authority, November 14, 2011

Review of the reviews. What next for government policy on commercialization of childhood, Westminster Media Forum, Key Note, October 18, 2011

“Materialism, Inequality and Wellbeing in Childhood: Using International Ethnography to Understand the Dynamics”, International Society of Child Indicators,
York, 29 July

Materialism Track, Transformative Consumer Research Conference,
Waco Texas, 24-26 June

Researching Children: Are We Getting it Right?, Market Research Society Conference,
London, 22-23 March

Inequality, Materialism and Wellbeing, Materialism Conference,
University of Sussex, 16 March

Consumer Kids, Department of Social and Policy Studies,
University of Bath, 10 March

Consumer Kids, Management School,
University of Edinburgh, 3 March


I Smell Ethics, Centre for Business Organisations and Society,
University of Bath, 7 October

Oi! You took that without asking. Ethics for New Market Research, Global Webinar,
8 November

The Effects of the Commercial World on Children, Westminster Media Forum keynote seminar: Children in the commercial world,
London, 17th March

The Shopping Generation. Are you a Brand Victim or a Savvy Consumer? Glenalmond School,
Perthshire, 17 March

The Impact of the Commercial World on Children’s WellbeingImplications for Market Research sector, Market Research Society Standards Board,
London, 23 February

Market Research Society - Children: Seen and Heard - 4th Annual Conference
“Rights and wrongs of research with children: To-day’s challenges”
London, 27 January
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Children’s Rights as Consumers in the Digital Age, Roundtable Seminar, What are the effects of changes in delivery of essential services: implications of modern marketing and business methods? Centre for Consumers and Essential Services. Supported by Equality and Human Rights Comsission and Consumer Focus,
London, 25th January


BEUC Forum, 2009
Consumer Privacy and Online Marketing: Market Trends and Policy Perspectives
“Initial thoughts ...who cares? Subsequent thoughts ...OMG!”
Brussels, 12 November
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Have multi-nationals hi-jacked Fair Trade? Debate
Coventry, 31 october
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Glenalmond School, Perth, Scotland, 8th October 2009

PlayScotland/Children in Scotland Conference
Children Risk and Responsibility: Encouraging Confidence in a Risk-Averse Society
Pay to Play,
Stirling, 7 October

ESOMAR Congress, 2009: Leading the way, Ethically, Responsibly, Creatively
Protection or Participation: getting ethics right for children in the digital age.
Montreux, 17th September
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Ways with Words Festival, Dartington Hall, Devon, 14th July 2009

“Helping Parents Cope in the Commercial World”, Oxfam Bookfest, Bath, 7th July 2009

“Changing the Rules of the Game. Implicit Persuasion and Children’s Digital Marketing”, NPLAN, Berkeley Media Studies Group, Center for Digital Democracy, San Fransisco, USA, 29th and 30th June 2009

Westonbirt School, Seminar for Sixth Form, Westonbirt, 12th June 2009

National Children’s Bureau, My health and my world – promoting health and well-being in an ever-changing world, London, 2nd June 2009

Keynote Speech at BBC Children’s Festival, Broadcasting House, London, 22nd April 2009

“Who’s Messing with my Mind?”, Seminar at Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCOR), Amsterdam, 8th April 2009

Book Signing, Waterstones, Bath, 21st March 2009

“Is Big Business Grooming our Children for Profit?” Seminar for Coca-Cola Great Britain, London, 19th March 2009

"Consuming Kids"  Bath Literature Festival, 6th March 2009 Read more

“Consumer Kids”, University of Bath, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Research Seminar ‘THE TROUBLE WITH KIDS TODAY’RETHINKING CONTEMPORARY CHILDHOOD’, Bath, 26th February 2009

Keynote Speech for launch of Coca-Cola Great Britain Responsible Business Charter, London, 4th February 2009


“Business Thinks Family” Family and Parenting Institute, 15th December 2008, London

“Virtual World Research Ethics,” IJMR Research Methods Forum, Market Research Society, Royal Society, 25th November 2008, London
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“Can Parents Protect Their Children from Commercial Pressures?” Debate. Family and Parenting Institute Biennial International Conference, 13th November 2008, London

“Consuming Children,” Debate, Battle of Ideas, Institute of Ideas, 2 November 2008, London
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“How Does To-day’s Child Consumer Brands and Media” Marketing to Children & Parents Conference. Haymarket Events. 26th June, 2008. London

“Watching, Wanting and Wellbeing.” University of Cambridge, Department of Developmental Psychiatry, 21st May, 2008, Cambridge.


“A Leadership Challenge: Taking Positive Action to Detoxify Childhood.” Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter. 17th December 2007

“Good as Gold: The Commercial Lives of Children,” Evidence to Good Childhood Enquiry, The Children’s Society, London, 18th November, 2007.  www.childrenssociety.org.uk

“Exploring Kids Consumption Behaviours”. Marketing to Children & Parents Conference. Haymarket Events. 27th June, 2007. London

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