Wednesday 31 October 2018, 1-3pm
David Hume Tower – Room LG11

The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships CRFR wants to maximise its role as a platform to showcases SSPS research and knowledge exchange work on families and relationships; become more firmly embedded within the school and enable colleagues to have ‘ownership’.

In the first hour of the meeting you will hear from colleagues researching in this topic area (we hope to have a colleague from each subject group), CRFR co-directors, the head of school, Linda McKie and Kat Smith Director of Research. An open mic slot and discussion will follow. We welcome, all those with any interest in work on families and relationships. Booking is helpful in registering your interest but not required, email

Dr Mary Mitchell has undertaken research in collaboration with Children 1st and the Centre for Research on Family and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh asking about the contribution that FGC makes to longer- term outcomes for children at risk of being accommodated in Scotland and for their families. Her research in particular has identified the importance of giving outcomes identified by children and family members equal value to those identified for families by professionals.

The launch of this exciting new research about the impact of Family Group Conferencing (FGC) took place at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 20th September 2018, hosted by Daniel Johnson MSP.     Click to download the briefing.



CRFR PhD graduate, Dr Mary Mitchell is returning to the University of Edinburgh, taking up a lectureship in social work.  She passed her PhD in Social Policy in January 2018, on Reimagining Family group Conferencing ‘Outcome’ and also won the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science 2018 Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition.

Dr Eloi Ribe has been appointed to a Career Development Fellowship in Quantitative Methods in Social Science, based in Social Policy.  The post is funded by a combination of grants from the Leverhulme Trust and the Nuffield Foundation.  He will start in November 2018.

Eloi graduated in summer 2018 with a PhD in Sociology, based primarily in the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships.  His thesis topic was on grandparent-grandchild relationships, using mixed-methods design that combined data from the Growing Up in Scotland survey and interviews.  His work thus fits well into Social Policy while contributing expertise to Q-step teaching and research.

This large project will survey a national cohort of young men, mostly aged 19, in 2020-21 who will participate in a compulsory information session on the Swiss military service. An additional sample of young women living in Switzerland will be interviewed. In total, n=50,000 participants will be surveyed. The project aims to better understand the role of young people’s personal relationships and personal networks on their educational and work aspirations. My main interests are to analyse (1) the relationships between three dimensions of exclusion: spatial, social and professional exclusion through the experience of unemployment/unstable educational and work history; and (2) the role of interpersonal relationships on aspirations using a multi-level design at the tie, network and regional levels.

(2017-2023) (Gil Viry with Professor Eric Widmer, University of Geneva), funded by the Swiss government (Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport – DDPS) via the Swiss Federal Surveys of Adolescents Ch-x, (£1.2m,

A new briefing, highlighting recent publications and resources relating to GBV work in Scotland has been compiled by  Scottish GBV Research Network (of practitioners and researchers)  and the University of Glasgow GBV Research Forum . Download the briefing here.

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