Researcher biography

Dr Emma Cooke is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Child Health Research Centre (CHRC) at the University of Queensland. She is a sociologist with expertise in qualitative research and DRAWing (Departing Radically in Academic Writing), and she works in interdisciplinary teams. Dr Cooke researches the lived experiences of children, educators and families and is particularly interested in relaxation, sleep, gender, and wellbeing. Her current research focuses on families' experiences of having a child with sleep difficulties and a neurodisability (e.g., Down syndrome).

As a Research Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, she is researching: i) educators' experiences of using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in education settings, and ii) the use of technology around bedtime in children with a neurodisability. When she was based in the Child Development, Education and Care Group at ISSR she worked on the Evaluation of the Queensland KindyLinQ Pilot Program and a range of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) research projects.

In her PhD thesis, Dr Cooke utilised a crystallization methodological framework to gain multifaceted insights into children's rights, early childhood discourses, and children's relaxation and unrestful experiences in ECEC. She has extensive experience interviewing children and adults across a range of contexts, and uses different qualitative analysis methodologies, including thematic analysis, discourse analysis, and creative analytical practices. An active member of the DRAW (Departing Radically in Academic Writing) Group, Dr Cooke's recent academic work is written creatively for impact.