Dr Sarah Crafter

Senior Lecturer, Psychology at The Open University


Dr Crafter started at The Open University in January 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Prior to that, she worked in the Thomas Coram Research Unit at University College London, Institute of Education. She has also held a lectureship at the University of Northampton. Her academic interests lie in the area of migration, diversity and the development of identities. She is a developmental and cultural psychologist by background and her theoretical and conceptual interests are grounded in sociocultural theory, transitions, critical or contested ideas of ‘normative’ development, past experience and cultural identity development. She is co-book editor for the journal Children & Society and has a long-standing involvement with the Special Interest Group (SIG21) in Teaching and Learning in Culturally Diverse Settings. This group is part of the European Association for Learning and Instruction (EARLI). Additionally, she belongs to the British Psychological Society and belongs to the Psychology of Women’s Section, Qualitative Methods in Psychology and Developmental Psychology section.

Dr Crafter is Principal Investigator on an ESRC-funded project understanding the lives of lone child refugees in the UK.