Taylor Sawyer



Research title: Evaluating and Critiquing the Uses of and Educational Dimension of On-going, City-wide Children’s Participation.

Research Summary

Research Summary

My background is in policy and sociology. I am interested in child-friendly cities, participation methods and tools, educational technology, gamification, temporary urbanism and pop-up places, children’s development in cities, and play.

During the 2018 – 2019 academic year, I am being hosted as a visiting researcher at the University of Oslo’s Department of Educational Sciences.


Sawyer, T. (2018), ‘Book Review of: Hayday, M and Blake, R. B. (editors), Celebrating Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2016’,

Nations and Nationalism, 24(1), pp 450.


Sponsor / Funder

College of Social Sciences Scholarship 

Research Abroad Funding: Erasmus+


“Imagining Nationhood in Sub-State Governance Buildings: A Comparison of the Welsh Senedd and the Scottish Parliament Building.” Panel presentation at the Imaging Urban Utopias Conference. Leeds, England, UK. 27 – 28 June 2016

“Plurality Belonging and the Nation State.” Coordinator of Ethnicity, Nationalism, and National Identity Network

(ENNIN) Conference. Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 19 – 20 May 2016


2016-2017 English Teaching Assistant, Lørenskog videregående skole (Norway)

Additional Information

2014 BA Public Policy, Ohio State University

2016 MSc in Nationalism Studies, University of Edinburgh. 

Research Assistant, Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland, January 2018 – Present

Peer Reviewer, Journal for the Sociology of the Everyday, University of Sheffield, September 2016 – Present 

Co-Founder & CEO, SammTalk, November 2018 - Present