Associated Researchers are either based in the consortium Universities, and/or working with the Co-Directors/Associate Directors of CRFR, and be actively researching in the area of families and relationships.
If you wish to be considered as a CRFR Associate Researcher (for researchers with links to CRFR or based at one of the consortium universities) download an application form and return it to Dawn Cattanach.
Angus Bancroft, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: recreational and problem drug and alcohol use; drug and alcohol problems in family life; risk; health and illness; smoking; the lifecourse.
Nancy Bell, University of Glasgow
Research interests: Children’s rights, socio-legal research and human rights, social policy and service development, human rights monitoring and implementation, public services redress structures, non-traditional remedies to human
Research interests: Gender equality in organisations. Opting out of successful careers to opt in to new lifestyles, and ways of working where different interests and areas of life can be combined in a sustainable way.
Liz Bondi, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Emotional geographies, socio-spatial perspectives on counselling and psychotherapy; voluntary sector activism; gendered identities and subjectivities and qualitative methodologies.
Charlotte Bosseaux, The University of Edinburgh
Through her work and research Charlotte has become increasingly aware that languages are not transparent, but represent women and their experiences in particular ways. This specific understanding has raised her awareness enormously of the need for good quality translation. Charlotte’s research focuses on how the voices of women who have suffered from gender-based violence are represented by translation (and interpreting).
Sophia Bowlby, The University of Reading
Research interests: Feminist social and economic geography of urban area.
Jenna Breckenridge, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: disabled women’s experiences of domestic abuse, domestic abuse during pregnancy, managing long term conditions (specifically type 1 diabetes) in the context of daily life, and promoting social connectivity and reducing loneliness in care homes.
Oona Brooks, University of Glasgow
Research interests: Evidence-use, inequalities, gender-based violence.
Julie Brownlie, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Social change and personal relationships, emotions, the nature of reflexivity, trust and vulnerability. Strong interest in qualitative research.
Lia Bryant, University of South Australia
Research interests: Rural diversity and the lives of families living in variegated rural communities. Specific focus on wellbeing, examining ageing, the impact of political and moral economies, heath, caring, distress and suicide, gender and sexuality, and intimacy.
Amy Burge, The University of Edinburgh
Current project: A re-examination of sexualisation from an historical perspective, using a cross-period comparative approach to explore continuity and change in discourses of love, relationships, gender and sexual identity. The project collides late medieval and twenty-first century gendered advice literature for young people on love, sex and relationships, indicating areas of trans-historical connection. Research interests: using historical perspectives to think through modern discourses of love, relationships, gender and sexuality.
Cheryl Burgess, University of Stirling
Research interests: Currently undertaking four small evaluations of services including two PSP Family Support Services, one of a Sure Start programme and one of a self-directed support pilot within Children’s Services in a local authority. Cheryl is also part of a team commissioned by British Agencies for Fostering and Adoption, looking at outcomes for children under five who are fostered or adopted in Scotland.
Janet Carsten, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Kinship and relatedness, gender and the person, genomics and reproductive technologies, houses and domesticity, migration, memory, adoption and adoption reunions, Malaysia and Southeast Asia, Britain.
Amy Chandler, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Self-harm and suicide, mental illness, distress, emotional well-being drug and alcohol use particularly during pregnancy and in the context of parenting, health inequalities, health services, and lay/professional interactions around healthcare.
Shruti Chaudhry, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: how marriage relations between men and women and sets of kin are lived out and transformed in everyday practice and over time, particularly within contexts that are adverse.
Eric Zhong Chen, Clinical Effectiveness Unit, Faculty of Reproductive Healthcare
Research interests: Sexual and reproductive healthcare service, fertility decision-making, adolescent health and well-being and risk-taking behaviours.
Bronwen Cohen, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: A wide range of issues pertaining to children and young people, family policy, place-based learning and education, children’s sector workforce, equal opportunities and rural development including a focus on European and international dimensions within ECEC.
Ellie Conway, University of Glasgow
Research interests: Evidence-use, inequalities, gender-based violence.
Philip Cook, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: The moral and political status of children and related questions of family relations. The nature of children’s basic moral equality; justice in schooling and education; children’s entitlements to work; children’s entitlements to political participation.
Viv Cree, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Social work history, feminism and gender in social work, moral panics, child welfare and protection, HIV and children and young people affected by parental illness.
Nicola Cunningham, University of Stirling
Research interests: Qualitative research; online communication; gender, health and illness; patient-centredness and infertility; embodiment and social policy.
Jenny Dalrymple, Glasgow Caledonian University, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Sandyford Sexual Health Service
Research interests: Currently exploring the role of transitioning from long term relationships as a potential point of risk taking for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Aiming to develop an STI risk reduction intervention, potentially applicable for adults at all stages of the life course.
Glyn Davis, Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Primarily queer forms of culture, especially cinema. Queer politics / queer archives / European queer lives / queer visual culture / experimental cinema.
Bregje Christina de Kok, Institute for International Health and Development
Research interests: Infertility, mothers’ experiences of parenthood and the health visiting service in Scotland. Stillbirths, maternal mortality, maternal health care.
Emma Doyle, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: People’s experiences of using health care services and health systems. Health inequalities. Barriers that can make it difficult for people to access and use services.
Lynne Duncan, University of Dundee
Research interests: Language and literacy development; in particular, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of the impact of inequalities, language background (e.g. bilingual, dialectal) and cognitive abilities on typical and atypical development.
Ruth Edmonds (née Payne)
Ruth Edmonds is a Social Development Researcher and Director of the UK-based firm Keep Your Shoes Dirty where she provides research consultancy services to generate local knowledge to help understand people and their lives from their own vantage points and collaboratively design solutions to social problems. She has been involved in designing and managing research projects in the UK and internationally in countries including Ghana, Zambia, Indonesia, Nepal, Rwanda and Uganda, and has particular expertise in research with children, youth and families. Ruth is a former member of the Security Needs Assessment Protocol Project team at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva.
Research interests: ethnographic, peer-to-peer and participatory research; collaborative approaches to programme design and policy development; children in especially difficult circumstances, adolescent girls and gender.
Susan Elsley undertakes research and teaches at CRFR. She is also Director of her own independent policy and research consultancy with a focus on children and young people and the services that support them.
Susan works at the interface of policy, practice and research with her work underpinned by a commitment to children’s human rights. Her interests include: rights based approaches to policy and practice; advocacy and participation; looked after children and young people; research and consultation methods including using digital media and creative methods; children’s arts and culture.
Susan is on the board of Together (the Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) and Play Scotland.
Liz Forbat, Health Care Bruce and the Australian Catholic University
Research interests: Conducting mixed method studies in palliative care, with a key focus on family relationships when someone has a diagnosis of a life-limiting or life-threatening condition. Patient/user involvement, minoritisation, power and abuse.
Deborah Fry, The University of Edinburgh
Deborah is the Principal Investigator on a multi-country study exploring the drivers of violence affecting children and a co-investigator on two studies exploring identification and response related to child protection and disability. A hallmark of all her research has been working with young people and practitioners to explore the real-life, day-to-day issues for providing the safest and best environment to both reduce the impact of violence on young people and ultimately, to prevent violence from ever occurring in the first instance.
Andressa Gadda, University of Edinburgh/NSPCC Child Protection Research Centre
Research interests: The focus of Andressa’s current research is on child care and protection, particularly in relation to looked after children and young people and their families. Her research has looked at various aspects of care and protection systems in Scotland and different perspectives about these systems, including those of children and young people.
Michael Gallagher, University of Glasgow
Michael Gallagher has carried out research on a variety of topics including power in primary schools, counselling services, adolescent health and social work. He also has a growing interest in sound, its role in everyday life, and the possibilities of sonic methods for enriching qualitative research.
Cornelia Gollek, Dundee University
Research interests: Children’s cognitive development and the relationship to language development. How different socio-economic factors influence metacognition and early language learning.
Jessie Gunson, Flinders University, Australia
Research interests: The intersections of gender, embodiment, and families & relationships across the lifecourse, and how agency is negotiated at those points of interplay.
Marie-Eve Hamel, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: experiences of survivors of wartime sexual violence, social reintegration of survivors of sexual violence.
Research interests: Educational transitions of children and young people as they move between different phases of education. Developing innovative approaches to consult with children and young people.
Tina Haux, University of Kent
Research interests: Evidence-use, childhood, families & relationships.
Duncan Helm, University of Stirling
Research interests: Studying the ways in which social workers make sense of information about children, young people and their families. Duncan is interested in how social workers’ experiences and learning inform their decisions. In particular how practitioners use the people around them to help make these difficult decisions.
Mary Holmes, The University of Edinburgh
Mary’s past research has been on distance relationships, where couples (mostly heterosexual) spend much of their time living some way apart. This research
links with other collaborative work thinking about heterosexuality and how it can
be done subversively. Current research is on heterosexual experiences of internet dating.
Jennifer Hoolachan, University of Cardiff
Research interests: drugs & alcohol use; homelessness & housing; and youth transitions, subcultures & the life-course.
Bill Hughes, Glasgow Caledonian University
Research interests: Disability and impairment, social theory and the body, social exclusion.
Alexander Janus, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: In his research, Alexander seeks to explain macro-level differences over time and between countries in the paid and unpaid labor of family members, including elder care and mothers’ upaid work. He is especially interested in the role of social policy, family processes, and people’s values in explaining such differences. In addition, Alexander is open to working with others conducting research within any of the general areas listed above.
Christine Jones, The University of Edinburgh, NSPCC Child Protection Research Centre
Research interests: State interventions in the lives of vulnerable families and the consequences that this can have on indiviual and family identity and day-to-day family practices.
Karolina Kazimierczak, University of Aberdeen
Research interests: Work and families and relationships. Everyday caring practices in cancer services, and at the everyday technocultural practices at work and in the home.
Susanne Kean, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Children and young people, experiences of a critical illness event, sociology of families, sociology of childhood and qualitative research methods.
Diana Kerr, Research Fellow/Consultant
Research interests: Learning disability and dementia.
Hyunchul Kim, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: How the intertwined bonds between family members are sustained and adjusted after death. How the relationship between the surviving family members and the deceased is altered, maintained and terminated.
Caroline King, Glasgow Caledonian University
Research interests: Qualitative methods and their potential for social change; academia and art collaborations; health visiting, the early years and family support; health services research; families and antibiotic use.
Kristina Konstantoni, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Children’s rights and participation (particularly in early childhood), intersectional identities/diversities, peer relations and issues around discrimination and social justice.
Marlies Kustatscher, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: How social class, gender and ethnicity intersect in young children’s social identities and relationships in primary school.
Julia Lawton, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Patients’ experiences of diabetes and its management, patients’ and health professionals’ experiences of health service delivery, evaluation of complex health interventions for diabetes and other multi-factorial conditions, experiences and health care needs of patients from minority ethnic groups, patients’ and health professionals’ experiences of participating in RCTs, hospice and palliative care
Billy Lee, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Phenomenological psychology, and the use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to study experience, identity, and psychotherapy, the role of the body, culture, gender and sexuality.
Ai Keow Lim, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Children’s learning and development, early childhood education and care, parenting, linking of child development and policy, cross-cultural comparative studies.
Tania Loureiro, Glasgow Caledonian University
Research interests: Impact on children, imprisonment, parenting intervention, early intervention, child maltreatment and domestic violence.
Sian Lucas, University of Stirling
Research interests: Delivery of health and social care services for users with limited English language proficiency. Linguistic minority families and children’s contributions as language brokers.
John MacInnes, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Social demography, especially fertility; the family and the labour market; work-life balance; sociology of gender especially masculinity.
Alice MacLean, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
Research interests: The ways in which help-seeking for illness, lay understandings of illness, and experiences of illness vary and interact with gender over the life course.
Jane Mair, Glasgow University
Research interests: Family law, matrimonial and family property, UK and EU employment law. Discrimination in employment with particular interest in sex discrimination.
Geetha Marcus, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Marginalised experiences and multiple identities of black women and women of colour, in particular inequalities that impact on their lives as individuals and their relationships with families and communities. Racialised and gendered experiences of Gypsy/Traveller girls and women and lived experiences of young Gypsy/Traveller boys and girls in Scotland.
Edward McGee, East Renfrewshire Council
Research interests: Numeracy and maths, early years collaborative, implementation science, ASN legislation.
Elizabeth McGee, Glasgow Caledonian University
Research interests: Parenting & family intervention research, behavioural & substance abuse intervention, mental health & well-being.
Fiona McQueen, Napier University
Research interests: Couples, femininity, masculinity, power. Currently publishing papers in relation to couple relationships, particularly changes in emotional participation brought about by men engaging with their emotions in new ways.
Sue Milne, The Gateway
Primary research interests are child-adult and intergenerational relations and child and adult play and participation.
Nughmana Mirza, The University of Stirling
Research interests: Gender based violence, migration, domestic abuse, child neglect.
Niamh’s work is centrally concerned with ‘re-visioning’ an eco/feminist politics of sustainability, by applying the lens of sustainability in new contexts. This holistic approach links environmental sustainability with human and non-human health and well-being.
Zoe Morrison, The University of Aberdeen
Research interests: Currently working on a range of studies to understand how part-time military service impacts upon families and relationships, military service and civilian work. Zoe is also working to understand the implications of temporary employment in the energy sector on communities and families.
Marta Moskal, The University of Glasgow
Research interests: Marta’s research lies within the interdisciplinary area of migration and mobility studies, with a particular interest in family, children and young people’s experiences, their relationships and transnational social and spacial geographies.
Ingela Kristina Naumann, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Links between work and care arrangements in European welfare states and on the political mobilizations and political processes around work/family policies.
Sarah Nelson, Research Fellow
Research interests: Mental health and sexual abuse; the long term physical health consequences of CSA; practical prevention strategies at local and national level; and community prevention against sex offending.
Rosaleen O’Brien, Glasgow Caledonian University
Research interests: Masculinities and how these are constructed in relation to the lifecourse (particularly health, illness, help seeking and fatherhood); parenting interventions and motherhood; using qualitative research to develop and evaluate complex interventions that enhance wellbeing.
Research interests: Children and young people, families and relationships, gender especially in the majority world context.
Martyn Pickersgill, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Social, legal and ethical dimensions of biomedicine and the health professions. Sociological and science and technology studies (STS) approaches to bioethics and public health; the social studies of law; and, the sociologies of health-related enhancement and epigenetics.
New Directions in Mental Health: Perspectives from Psychology, Sociology, and Mad Studies
Neuroscience and family life: public engagement event briefing
Briefing – Scientists’ Perspectives on the Ethical & Social Aspects of Epigenetics
Report – Access to Mental Health Therapies in Scotland
Steve Platt, University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Socio-economic and socio-cultural aspects of suicidal behaviour, the evaluation of policy and practice interventions for health improvement, the health impact of organisational change and smoking and socio-economic disadvantage.
Shuang Qiu, University of York
Research interests: Reshaping intimacy: Chinese couples in LAT (living apart together) relationships.
Anni Raw, Durham University
Research interests: Arts and health, social justice, socially engaged arts practice.
Tatiana Revilla, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Gender equality, gender attitudes towards domestic violence, diversity and inclusion, sexual and reproductive health.
Neneh Rowa-Dewar, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Public health research, palliative care, and sociology and health inequalities.
Matt Sanders, Glasgow Caledonian University
Research interests: Prevention and treatment of psychopathology in children and adolescents; parent training and family intervention.
Elizabeth Sharp, Durham University & Texas Tech University
Research interests: Gender, feminism, families.
Kelly Shiell-Davis, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Areas of motherhood and parenting, kinship, the professionalisation of everyday life, ethnographic methods, and social history.
Zoi Simopoulou, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: children’s existential encounters, existentialism, psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic methodologies, children’s art, writing as inquiry.
Research interests: Understanding the experience of growing old by examining personal experiences and reflections on becoming ‘the aged’. Exploring the impact changing social and personal relationships has on notions of personhood and wellbeing in old age.
Valeria Skafida, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Social stratification of health behaviours and health inequalities, the sociology of health and illness and the sociology of food. Child nutrition, family meal habits and the social learning of taste. Public health policy and industry influence on public policy. Research using quantitative methods, longitudinal analysis of survey data
Andrew Smith, University of Bradford
Research interests: Sociology of work and employment. In particular: privatisation and Public-Private Partnerships, organisational cultures, ‘care’ in employing organisations, and ‘lean’ working methods in the public sector.
Marion Smith, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: How children as receivers of cultural information express their understandings of justice and the morality of punishment, and how their language discloses key features of current social sensibilities towards punishment; and in pain, particularly medically unexplained or untreated pain.
Jennifer Speirs, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Kinship, origins issues, donor assisted conception.
Fraser Stewart, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Environmental sociology, with a particular focus on consumption and wasting practices, and how society can move toward a more sustainable future.
Ferdinand Sutterlüty, Goethe University
Research interests: Social inequalities and its semantics, ethnic conflicts, social theory and qualitative research methods, family and youth violence, family relationships and the sociology of childhood.
Julie Taylor, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Child protection research, especially neglect.
Morag Treanor, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Morag’s current research uses birth cohort data, mainly the Growing Up in Scotland study, to explore the impacts of longitudinal poverty and persistently low and high incomes on children’s cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural developmental outcomes and educational transitions. Her research is concerned with the impact of family, peer and social relations on child wellbeing. She is presently conducting longitudinal qualitative research with families affected by Welfare Reform. Morag is a highly experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher in relation to socioeconomic inequalities, vulnerable populations and child wellbeing. She maintains strong links with the third sector and is a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland.
Gil Viry, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Spatial mobility, personal relationships, family in space, distance relationships, family and personal networks, social network analysis, life course research.
Gil is currently working on two large collaborative research projects: (1) the second wave of the survey Job Mobilities and Family Lives in Europe about the interactions between job-related spatial mobility and the private sphere; (2) Social Capital and Family Processes As Predictors of Stepfamily Outcomes exploring the spatiality and relational dynamics of stepfamilies in Switzerland.
Karen Watchman, Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, University of the West of Scotland
Research interests: Dementia, learning disability, Down syndrome and dementia
Nick Watson, University of Glasgow
Research interests: Disability and childhood, disability theory, identity, the role of impairment, care and personal assistance, disability and technology, disability history
Daniel Wight, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow
Research interests: Early years intervention, young people’s health and lifestyles, parent-child relationships and health outcomes, sexual and reproductive health in low income countries, the development and evaluation of interventions, and developing social science research capacity in Africa.
Wendy Wills, The University of Hertfordshire
Research interests: Why people eat what they eat and how this informs their diet, weight and health particularly in relation to children, young people, families and the professionals who work with them.
Sejin Moon: Sejin is an Edinburgh based fine art photographer. She received a Masters of Fine Art Photography at Edinburgh College of Art in 2010 and is currently a candidate for a PhD in Fine Art at The University of Edinburgh. Her photography work takes a critical view of social and cultural issues. She has an interest in the sociological aspects regarding cultural issues, gender and identity struggle. Sejin’s photographs depict cultural identity, feminism and social displacement influenced by her lifetime journey as an immigrant and as a professional working woman. Sejin is currently working with us to create a photographic portrait project of families in Edinburgh. This will hopefully portray and re-define modern families viewed from her cultural perspective and a corresponding narrative.