- Early Childhood Education and Care
- Developmental Psychopathology
- Educational Effectiveness
- Structural Equation Modelling
James’ programme of research aims to improve the life chances of children and young people by informing the provision of high quality early education and effective early intervention. To achieve these aims he carries out investigations into Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and Developmental Psychopathology. These include, for example, projects that show different effects of preschool education for different groups of children and for developmental outcomes within the cognitive, social, and health domains. This work is facilitated by methodological expertise in advanced statistical techniques that are used within longitudinal, experimental, and mixed methods investigations.
To facilitate this programme of research, James is a member of the Leadership, Effective Education & Policy (LEEP) Research Group in the Southampton Education School and a member of the Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (CiMH) in the School of Psychology.
James has authored over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and research reports, serves as a reviewer for national research councils and high impact journals in the fields of education, educational psychology, and child development, and has been a keynote speaker at national and international conferences and forums concerned with effective and equitable early education.
He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.