Carly completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 2007, with a study of children’s interaction in the school playground. Her postdoctoral work in Brisbane, Australia involved researching interactions on Kids Helpline and Child Health Line (with Susan Danby, Michael Emmison and others), and work on methodology, family interaction and broadcast talk (with Richard Fitzgerald) before joining the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Loughborough in 2010. Carly is founding editor of the journal Research on Children and Social Interaction (Equinox, first issue Summer 2016), and member of Loughborough’s Discourse and Rhetoric Group and the Helpline Research Unit.

Carly welcomes enquiries from prospective postgraduate students and is happy to supervise research on any aspect of social interaction, and research on children’s interactions and social worlds.

Carly’s research examines social interaction in everyday life using conversation analysis, ethnomethodology and membership categorisation analysis. Her research focuses primarily on children’s play and interaction, family interaction, and helpline interactions. She has a particular interest in methodological issues in the study of social interaction.

Carly teaches Psychological Statistics 1A in the first year and Developmental Psychology in the second year. She runs two optional modules in the third year - Social Psychology of Everyday Life and Children’s Interactions and supervises final year projectsCarly will also be teaching on the new Masters Programmes in Communication and Interaction: Conversation Analysis and Discursive Psychology.

  • Butler, C.W. & Edwards, D. (2018). Children’s whining in family interaction. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 51(1).
  • Butler, C.W., Duncombe, R., Mason, C., & Sandford, R. (2016). Recruitments, engagements and partitions: Managing participation in play. International Journal of Play, 5(1), 47-63.
  • Butler, C. W., & Wilkinson, R. (2013). Mobilising recipiency: Child participation and ‘rights to speak’ in multi-party family interaction. Journal of Pragmatics, 50(1), 37-51.
  • Butler, C.W., Danby, S., & Emmison, M. (2011). Address terms in turn beginnings: Managing disalignment and disaffiliation in telephone counselling. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 44(4), 338-358.
  • Butler, C.W., Potter, J., Danby, S., Emmison, M., & Hepburn, A. (2010). Advice implicative interrogatives: Building ‘client-centred support’ in a children’s helpline. Social Psychology Quarterly, 73(3), 265-287.
  • Butler, C.W., Danby, S., Emmison, M., & Thorpe, K. (2009). Managing medical advice seeking in calls to Child Health Line. Sociology of Health and Illness, 31(6),817-834.
  • Butler, C.W. (2008). Talk and social interaction in the playground. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Butler, C., & Weatherall, A. (2006). "No, we're not playing families": Membership categorization in children's play. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 39(4), 441-470.