Kiera Kent


PhD title: Children’s play encounters: materiality and more-than-human theory

Kiera is interested in children’s relationship with their local environments, and how play is part of their everyday. Kiera's PhD research focuses on how children play outdoors in the city. Through a relational approach, she investigates play as part of family life, and as a more-than-human activity. With her background in developmental and environmental psychology, Kiera is also interested in interdisciplinary conceptions of childhood and play, and how these can be applied in practice to our understanding of child-friendly cities.

Research funding

Street Literacy Project: Increasing children’s literacy exposure
Dr Elisabeth Duursma, Dr Susannah Clement and Kiera Kent
UOW Global Challenges Strategic Grant (2016)

Australian University Postgraduate Award (2014-2017)
$26,000 p.a. over course of PhD candidature


2012 Summer Studentship Award at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada