Recent Publications


MacLean, M., Russell, W. and Ryall, E. (eds) (2015) Philosophical Perspectives on Play. London: Routledge.

Ryall, E., Russell, W. and MacLean, M. (eds) (2013) The Philosophy of Play. London: Routledge.

Russell, W., Handscomb, B. and Fitzpatrick, J. (eds) (2007) Playwork Voices: In Celebration of Bob Hughes and Gordon Sturrock. London: London Centre for Playwork Education and Training.

Articles, chapters and reports

Lester, S (2015) Post-human Nature: Life beyond the natural playground, in M. MacLean, W. Russell and E. Ryall (eds) Philosophical Perspectives on Play, London: Routledge.

Lester, S (in press) Children’s Right to Play: From the margins to the middle, in M. Ruck, M. Peterson-Badali and M. Freeman (eds) Handbook of Children’s Right: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, New York: Taylor and Francis.

Russell, W. (2015) Entangled in the midst of it: a diffractive expression of an ethics for playwork, in M. MacLean, W. Russell and E. Ryall (eds) Philosophical Perspectives on Play, London: Routledge.

Russell, W. and Ryall, E. (2015) Philosophizing Play, in J.E. Johnson, S.G. Eberle, T.S. Henricks, D. Kuschner (eds) The Handbook of the Study of Play, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield.

Lester, S. (2014) Play as protest: clandestine moments of disturbance and hope, in C. Burke and K. Jones (eds) Education, Childhood and Anarchism: Talking Colin Ward, London: Routledge.

Lester, S. and Russell, W. (2014) Turning the World Upside Down: Playing as the deliberate creation of uncertaintyChildren, 1(2): 241-260.

Lester, S., Fitzpatrick, J., & Russell, W. (2014) Co-creating an Adventure Playground (CAP): Reading playwork stories, practices and artefacts, Gloucester: University of Gloucestershire

Lester, S. and Russell, W. (2014) Towards Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities: A short study into the preparation undertaken for the commencement of the second part of the Welsh Government’s Play Sufficiency Duty to secure sufficient play opportunities, Cardiff: Play Wales.

Lester, S. and Russell, W. (2014) Children’s Right to Play, in E. Brooker, M Blaise and S Edwards (eds) The Sage Handbook of Play and Learning in Early Childhood, London: Sage.

Lester, S., Strachan, A. and Derry, C. (2014) A more playful museum: Exploring issues of institutional space, children’s play and well-being, International Journal of Play, 3(1): 24-35.

Russell, W. (2014) The State of Play: Grasshopper’s game replayedInternational Journal of Play, 3(2): 97-102.

Smith, H. (2014) Prospects for participatory research on well-being with playwork practitioners and children at play, Journal of Playwork Practice, 1(1): 90-95.

De Rossi, P., Matthews, N., MacLean, M., & Smith, H. (2013) Building a repertoire: Exploring the role of active play in improving physical literacy in children, Revista Universitaria de la Educacion Fiscia y el Deporte, No 5.

Lester, S. (2013) Rethinking children’s participation in democratic processes: a right to play. Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, 16: 21-43.

Lester, S. (2013) Playing in a Deleuzian Playground. In E. Ryall, W. Russell and M. Maclean (eds) Philosophy of Play, London: Routledge.

Lester, S. and Russell, W. (2013) Utopian Visions of Childhood and Play. In A. Parker and D. Vinson (eds.) Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play: Policy, intervention and participation. London: Routledge.

Lester, S. and Russell, W. (2013) Leopard Skin Wellies, a Top Hat and a Vacuum Cleaner Hose: An analysis of Wales’ Play Sufficiency Assessment duty.

Russell, W. (2013) The Dialectics of Playwork: A conceptual and ethnographic study of playwork using Cultural Historical Activity Theory. PhD Thesis, Gloucester: University of Gloucestershire

Russell, W. (2013) Towards a spatial theory of playwork: What can Lefebvre offer as a response to playwork’s inherent contradictions? in E. Ryall, W. Russell and M. MacLean (eds) The Philosophy of Play, London: Routledge.

Lester, S. (2012) ‘We are just playing’, Shopping Hour, Issue 8: 16-21.

Lester, S. (2012) Supporting Children’s Right to Play, in L. Brooker and M. Woodhead (eds.) Environments fit for Children. Early Childhood in Focus 8. Milton Keynes: Open University.

Russell, W. (2012) ‘I get such a feeling out of … those moments’: playwork, passion, politics and space, International Journal of Play, 1(1), p51-63.

Lester, S. (2011) The pedagogy of play, space and learning, in A. Pihlgren (ed) Fritidspedagogik. Lund: Sutdentlitteratur.

Lester, S., Jones, O. and Russell, W. (2011) Supporting school improvement through play: An evaluation of South Gloucestershire’s Outdoor Play and Learning Programme (OPAL). London: Play England.

Lester, S. and Russell, W. (2010) Children’s Right to Play: An examination of the importance of play on the lives of children worldwide. Working Paper No. 57. The Hague, The Netherlands: Bernard van Leer Foundation.

Russell, W., Adams, C. and Young, A. (2011) Challenging Behaviour: Reframing, a playwork response, in R. Scott and A. Mills (eds) Everybody’s Business! A practical resource for including disabled children in play, childcare and leisure settings, London: KIDS.

Russell, W. (2010) ‘Playwork’, in T. Bruce (ed) Early Childhood: A guide for students, 2nd edition. London: Sage.

Lester, S. and Russell, W. (2008) Play for a Change: Play, Policy and Practice – A review of contemporary perspectives, London: National Children’s Bureau.

Smith, H. (2007) Playwork Partnerships: Wild and away – the National Environmental Playwork Conference in Roberts C & Roberts J (2007) Greener by Degree: Exploring sustainablility through the higher education curriculum Cheltenham: University of Gloucestershire

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