Tim Gill, London, UK

Writer, researcher and advocate & consultant on childhood

Tim Gill is an independent researcher, writer and consultant based in London, UK. He is interested in children's everyday lives and the changing nature of childhood, with a focus on children's play and free time. His work cuts across education, child care, recreation, planning and urban design, and speaks to decision makers, academics, commentators, practitioners and the wider public.

Tim's book No Fear: Growing up in a risk-averse society was published in 2007. He holds a degree in philosophy and psychology from Oxford University and a master's degree in philosophy from London University. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University.
Tim is a former director of the Children's Play Council (now Play England) and in 2002 he was seconded to Whitehall to lead the UK government's first comprehensive review into children's play. He writes for the mainstream media, trade and academic publications, appears regularly on radio and television, and is in global demand as a public speaker and workshop facilitator.


Tim Gill