Department: Estudios Educativos

Faculty: Educación-Centro Formación Profesor

Research group: Cultura Cívica y Políticas Educativas

Laura Camas Garrido was born in Cadiz (Spain). She is a junior international researcher in the field of History and Theory of Education. She is an Assistant Professor Doctor in the Department of Educational Studies at the Faculty of Education of the Complutense University of Madrid (2023-present). She studied a Degree in Primary Education (2010-2014) and a Master's in Educational Psychology (2014-2015) with an Extraordinary Award at the University of Seville. She began her training as a researcher in education at the Complutense University of Madrid through a Master in Research in Education (2016-2017) and a PhD in Education with international mention (2017-2022) with the thesis "Play, education and pragmatism: From Jane Addams' playground to Neva Boyd's playworkers" under the direction of Jon Igelmo Zaldívar and Gonzalo Jover Olmeda. She has been a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Education of Queen's University (Ontario, Canada) for 3 months, at the Teachers College of Columbia University (New York, USA) for 9 months and at the University of Barcelona (Spain) for 2 months. She has received 3 awards, including the XII José Manuel Esteve International Award (2021) and the International Award for Emerging Research on Children's Play from the Observatorio del Juego Infantil de España (2019). She has received a total of 7 grants that have guaranteed the development and dissemination of her lines of research in multiple national and international academic spaces, among the most important are the University Teacher Training Grants (2016-2022), Short Stays Program 2019 and 2020, Erasmus+STA, European Educational Research Association Summer School 2019. Her research encompasses the intersection between children's play, democracy, education, aesthetic experience and cosmopolitanism from the perspective of pragmatist schools of thought from the works of Jane Addams (1860-1935) and Neva Boyd (1976-1963). Thus, her main line of research focuses on Democratic Education, linking it with children's play and virtual spaces such as social networks. She has published in journals such as the International Journal of Play (SJR, Q1), the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy (SJR Q2), the Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research (SJR, Q1), Digital Education Review (SJR Q3), Revista Electrónica de Investigación Educativa (SJR, Q3), Revista Fuentes (SJR, Q3) or in publishers such as Springer or Dickinson. Laura has presented the results of her research at 25 peer-reviewed international and national conferences such as the ECER (2018, 2019, 2019, 2021, 2022), the Philosophy and Play Conference (2019), the ISED (2018, 2019), the World Educational Research Association Focal meeting (2019), the AERA (2021), and the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (2022). She has been invited to international conferences and seminars at Uppsala Universitet (Sweden, 2018), Universitat de Barcelona (Spain, 2020), Universidad Católica del Uruguay (2021) and Columbia University (New York, USA, 2022). She has worked with consultancies on the relationship between children's play and education with companies and associations such as Toy Industries of Europe, Google CCL, the NGO Ashoka, Unicef and IKEA. She has developed leadership skills by representing emerging researchers of the Spanish Society of Pedagogy at the EERA (2019-current) and by being the chair of the Doctoral and Early Career Network of WERA (2019-current). She founded the Association for Emerging Research in Education associated with the Faculty of Education at the Complutense University of Madrid (2019). Finally, I have served as a reviewer for journals such as Encounters in Education, Revista Eureka, Espiral.Cuadernos de Pedagogía, and Revista Enfermería Universitaria.