Find out about the work of Larissa Pople

Larissa Pople

Larissa joined us in 2006 as a researcher on The Good Childhood Inquiry: Britain’s first evidence-based, independent inquiry into what makes for a good childhood.

Since 2010, she has been working on our well-being research programme in partnership with the University of York. 

This programme is well known for the development of The Good Childhood Index (a measure of children’s subjective well-being), a series of annual Good Childhood Reports involvement in the Children’s Worlds international survey, a partnership with the new economic foundation to develop Ways to Well-being for children, a series of well-being seminars in partnership with the Cabinet Office and Office for National Statistics, and local well-being surveys with local authorities. 

She has also been involved in setting up a qualitative longitudinal study of poverty in partnership with the University of Bath, which concluded a third wave of interviews and published a first report Understanding Childhoods: Growing up in Hard Times in the spring of 2017. 

Since 2013, Larissa has also been working on The Children’s Society’s poverty research programme, including on the Children’s Commission on Poverty and debt research with families experiencing problem debt. She has also been involved in setting up a qualitative longitudinal study of poverty in partnership with the University of Bath, which will be conducting a second wave of interviews in the spring of 2016.

Previously, Larissa has worked for UNICEF and the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour.

Larissa has two small children and is very involved in her community as a governor of a nursery school, a volunteer family support worker, youth mentor and ‘bump buddy’.

List of current projects

Selected Publications at The Children’s Society

Pople L., Rees G, Main G. & Bradshaw J. (2015) The Good Childhood Report 2015 London: The Children’s Society

Abdallah S., Main G., Pople L. & Rees G. (2014) Ways to well-being: Exploring the links between children’s activities and their subjective well-being. London: The Children’s Society

Rees G., Goswami H., Pople L., Bradshaw J., Keung A. & Main G. (2013)The Good Childhood Report 2013.London: The Children’s Society

Main G. & Pople L. (2011) Missing Out: A child-centred analysis of material deprivation and subjective well-being. London: The Children’s Society

Pople L. & Solomon E. (2011) How happy are our children: measuring children’s well-being and exploring economic factors. London: The Children’s Society

Mahony, S. and Pople, L. (forthcoming) Life in the Debt Trap: Stories from children and families struggling with debt, Policy Press

Pople, L. (forthcoming) ‘Ways to Well-being for Children’ in Coles, R. (ed), Pathways to Well-Being in Design:  Examples from the Arts, Humanities and the Built Environment, Routledge.

Pople L., Rees G, (2017) The Good Childhood Report 2017, The Children’s Society

Mahony, S., Ridge, T., Davis, J. and Pople, L. Understanding Childhoods: Growing up in Hard Times, The Children’s Society

Pople L., Rees G, (2017) The Good Childhood Report 2016, The Children’s Society

For more publications by Larissa and the research team at The Children’s Society, see our publications library.

Other notable publications

Pople L. & Smith D. J. (2010) Trends in Youth Crime and Justice System Responses. in Smith, D.J. (eds.), A New Response to Youth Crime London: Willan Publishing

Pople L  (2010) Responding to Antisocial Behaviour’in Smith, D.J. (eds.), A New Response to Youth Crime London: Willan Publishing

Contact Details

The Children's Society
Edward Rudolf House
Margery Street
London WC1X 0JL

Email: Larissa.Pople@childrenssociety.org.uk  

Tel: 020 7841 4645

Fax: 020 7841 4500