Dr Judith Ennew is Visiting Scholar at the Asian MetaCentre during 10-31 October 2004. She is a social anthropologist by training and currently Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge. From 1994 to 2000 she was Visiting Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Goldsmith's College, University of London. She has been Fellow and Council member of the Royal Anthropological Institute (1990 4), and a member of the Preliminary Board of Childwatch International (1992-5). In 2001 she was elected to the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences.
Although beginning her career by studying the Outer Hebrides of Scotland (The Western Isles Today, 1976), Judith has been an activist and researcher in children's rights since 1979, the United Nations International Year of the Child, specialising in issues concerning child workers, 'street children' and child sexual exploitation, both as pure research and advising on policy development and programme planning for inter governmental and non governmental aid organisations. Her publications in this field include The sexual exploitation of children (1986), Street and working children: A guide to planning (1994, reprinted 2000), and How to research the physical and emotional punishment of children (with Dominique Pierre Plateau, 2004). She has worked in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe on children's rights and child labour issues, and is currently based in Bangkok.
Although she is a social anthropologist, Judith worked with large data sets in several countries during the 1990s, as Director of the Childwatch International Monitoring Children's Rights Project, a demonstration project to improve the quality of data used in national reports to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Over the past decade, she has increasingly concentrated on teaching rights-based, participatory methods of research with children. During her time at the Asian MetaCentre she will be developing a paper on child research needs in Asia-Pacific, which is linked to the organisation of a Conference on Asia-Pacific Childhoods planned for July 2006 in NUS.