We are deeply saddened to report that Dr Elee Kirk died on Monday 1 August after battling with secondary cancer. Elee made a hugely positive contribution to the LICL project and she was a much-loved member of the team. She will be greatly missed by us all.

Project Team Law in Children's Lives team

Dr Dawn Watkins was the Principal Investigator for Law in Children’s Lives. Dawn is a former Solicitor, who carries out research in law and humanities, family law, property law and legal education in the School of Law at the University of Leicester. She is now the main point of contact for further information on the project.

Dr Effie Law was a Co-researcher on the project. Effie is based in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Leicester, and her research interests are human-computer interaction (usability and user experience) and Technology-enhanced learning (game-based learning and computer-supported collaborative learning).

Dr Joanna Barwick worked as a Research Associate on the project and remains in post until the end of June 2016. Jo has a PhD in Information Science, and previously worked in academic libraries and taught on Publishing and Information Management and Business Studies programmes. Her interests are digital preservation and the social and cultural significance of digital games.

Dr Elee Kirk completed her work as a Research Associate on the project and she took up a position as a Senior Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Education, teaching on the MA in Museums and Galleries in Education and pursuing her research interests in childhood studies and using innovative methods in research with children. 

Game designers

The game is being built by Enigma Interactive, a Newcastle-based company who have produced previously worked with the University of Leicester on games and apps for educational and research projects.

Advisory board

Dr Rose Griffiths, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Leicester.

Alex Moseley, Educational Designer, University of Leicester

Prof. Fiona Cownie, Professor of Law and Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Keele

Lisa Wintersteiger, Chief Executive, Law for Life

Prof. Pascoe Pleasence, Faculty of Laws, University College London

Project consultants

Dr Caren Frosch, School of Psychology, University of Leicester

Dr Alana James, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London

Dr Julie Gawrylowicz, Department of Psychology, London South Bank

Tony Thorpe, Associate, Law for Life

Young Research Advisors at the National Children’s Bureau



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Law in Children’s Lives Contact

Lead Researcher: Dr Dawn Watkins

School of Law
University of Leicester
University Road

tel: 0116 223 1082