Managing Editor: Dr. Shelly Newstead, Common Threads Playwork, UK
Associate Editors: Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Cartmel, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
Prof. Rick Worch, Bowling Green State University, USA

'Playwork' originated in the adventure playgrounds created in the middle of the 20th century to provide children's spaces within urban environments. Playwork practice is currently used by professionals working with children in an extensive range of international settings, from parks to prisons and deserts to development projects. The practice of playwork draws on a number of diverse disciplines for its theoretical and technical foundations, and playwork practice and its origins are studied by scholars from a wide range of fields.

International Journal of Playwork Practice is the official journal of PARS playwork practice. The journal aims to advance playwork research and practice by providing the first ever interdisciplinary platform for the publication and dissemination of relevant scholarship to playwork practice. IJPP bridges the playwork theory-practice divide by facilitating practitioner access to relevant research, and also enables researchers interested in playwork to access a hitherto inaccessible field of practice and its literature.

Registration Open for the April 21st IJPP Research Seminar

This is the eighth IJPP research seminar for academics and practitioners from any discipline who are interested in researching with children. This free online seminar will take place on 21st April, 13.00-15.00 (UK time).

  • Dr Lorna Arnott, University of Strathclyde – Learning from children how to research with children, with a little help from Aristotle
  • Dr Mallika Kanyal, Anglia Ruskin University, UK – Engaging in research ‘with’ children: creative methods and methodologies
  • Associate Professor Anna Klerfelt, Stockholm University
  • Professor Cath Larkins, University of Central Lancashire, UK – Learning from children how to research with children, with a little help from Aristotle
  • Dr Harry Shier, Ireland – The Playworker Mindset: A gift to participatory researchers

Register for the Research Seminar

Recent Content


What if and What More: disturbing habits of thought about playwork ‘re-search’
Wendy K. Russell, John Fitzpatrick, and Bridget Handscomb