Research Overview

The Mikhulu Trust was established by two research professors, Peter Cooper and Lynne Murray. Currently they are both both Emeritus Professors at the University of Reading in the UK. They are both Fellows of the British Academy. They developed the dialogic book-sharing intervention, initially for delivery in South Africa.

In 2015, following the success of a pilot trial and a full randomised control trial of the book-sharing programme (Cooper et al, 2014; Vally et al, 2015; Murray eTal, 2016), carried out with colleagues at Stellenbosch University, they established the Mikhulu Trust (UK Charity Number 1158733) in order to disseminate dialogic book-sharing. Since then they have developed several versions of the book-sharing programme for delivery in various contexts and to different groups.

While Peter and Lynne’s  principal commitment is providing support to the Mikhulu Child Development Trust in South Africa, they also provide training and support research elsewhere in the world. Currently they are collaborating with dissemination or research projects in the UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Kenya, Namibia, Turkey, Brazil, Colombia, and the USA.


Our Findings

We conducted a randomised controlled trial on book-sharing with the University of Reading and Stellenbosch University in Khayelitsha, South Africa, in 2014/15. The study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, has been cited widely and has led the World Health Organisation to endorse the programme.

Current Research

The Mikhulu trust supports academics and practitioners around the world in conducting research using Mikhulu Trust training materials. Find out more about some of the studies currently underway.