Associate researchers by institution

The University of Edinburgh

Amanda Amos, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: smoking and tobacco control.

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.

Gillian Black, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Adult relationships; parenting and multiple-parent families; family law and justice; and the interaction of adult/child rights.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Cripps, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: The relationship between parental duties and duties of climate or global justice. Do parents have a special duty to mitigate climate change, or a duty to bring up their children as good global climate citizens? How do these affect the perceived tension between doing ‘one’s best’ for one’s own child, and fulfilling general duties of justice or morality?

Graham Crow, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Research methods, methodological innovations, ethics, sociology of families, households and communities.

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.

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.

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.

Marie-Eve Hamel, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: experiences of survivors of wartime sexual violence, social reintegration of survivors of sexual violence.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alison Koslowski, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Labour market, social inequality, and quantitative research methods.

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.

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.

Kirsteen Mackay, The University of Edinburgh

Research interests:  include the participation of children in major decisions impacting on their lives, including children’s access to those who can advocate on their behalf when those closest to them do not promote their views or best interests. She has particular interest in issues relating to the empowerment of children who are or have been maltreated – especially those who have experienced gender-based violence.

Siobhan Magee, The University of Edinburgh
Siobhan is a social anthropologist with particular interests in kinship and relatedness, gender and personhood, material culture, and the intersections between kinship, politics, and the law.  She is keen to explore how these topics arise both ethnographically and historically.  She carried out her PhD research in Poland but more recently started research in the USA.  My current work is part of the ERC-funded project A Global Anthropology of Transforming Marriage (AGATM).

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.

Niamh Moore, The University of Edinburgh
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.

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.

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.

Event – Mental Health Policy and Social Science Practice: Enhancing Engagement and Expertise, 22 March 2018
Event – Neuroscience & Public Policy: understanding, questioning, deliberating
Report – Access to Psychological Therapies: Considerations for Policy and Practice
New Directions in Mental Health: Perspectives from Psychology, Sociology, and Mad Studies
Briefing – Neuroscience and family life: public engagement event
Briefing – Scientists’ Perspectives on the Ethical & Social Aspects of Epigenetics
Report – Access to Mental Health Therapies in Scotland

Steve Platt, The 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.

Koreen Reece,  The University of Edinburgh
Research interests:  Currently conducting research on marriage in Botswana, and the ways in which it both reflects and produces social change, thirty years into the country’s AIDS epidemic.  The project is part of the comparative, ERC-funded project, A Global Anthropology of Transforming Marriage.

Autumn Roesch-Marsh, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Young people’s perspectives on risk and decision making.

Neneh Rowa-Dewar, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Public health research, palliative care, and sociology and health inequalities.

Zoi Simopoulou, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: children’s existential encounters, existentialism, psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic methodologies, children’s art, writing as inquiry.

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

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.

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.

Rachael Wood, The University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Child public health.

University of Glasgow

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

Oona Brooks, University of Glasgow
Research interests: Evidence-use, inequalities, gender-based violence.

Matt Dawson, University of Glasgow
Research interests: Asexuality, social theory, political sociology.

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.

Jane Mair, University of Glasgow
Research interests: Family law, matrimonial and family property, UK and EU employment law. Discrimination in employment with particular interest in sex discrimination.

Geetha Marcus, University of Glasgow
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.

Nughmana Mirza, University of Glasgow
My current research interests are marriage migration patterns, kinship and gender patterns within matrilocal settings.  I am particularly interested in women’s access to social capital and support structures within these settings, and within the context of family abuse.

Marta Moskal, 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.

Carrie Purcell, The University of Glasgow
Research interests: Sexual health, gender, embodiment, healthcare practices, body work and methodological innovation.

Francesca Stella, University of Glasgow
Research interests: Sexuality and intimacy, migration and social networks.

Helen Sweeting, University of Glasgow
Research interests: Influences on young people’s health and health behaviours.

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

Christine Whyte, University of Glasgow
Christine’s research is focused on the history of children, childhoods and the family in West Africa.   She is particularly interested in the practice of child fosterage and the employment of children as domestic servants.   She also works on the history of child slavery, child labour and emancipated children in a global context.

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.

University of Stirling

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.

Nicola Cunningham, University of Stirling
Research interests: Qualitative research; online communication; gender, health and illness; patient-centredness and infertility; embodiment and social policy.

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.

Andressa Gadda, University of Stirling/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.

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.

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.

Jane Robertson, University of Stirling
Research interests: Ageing and older people; well-being and quality of life; cancer care and dementia care.

Morag Treanor, University of Stirling
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.

Karen Watchman, Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, University of Stirling
Research interests: Dementia, learning disability, Down syndrome and dementia

Glasgow Caledonian University

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.

Bill Hughes, Glasgow Caledonian University
Research interests: Disability and impairment, social theory and the body, social exclusion.

Tania Loureiro, Glasgow Caledonian University
Research interests: Impact on children, imprisonment, parenting intervention, early intervention, child maltreatment and domestic violence.

Kareena McAloney-Kocaman, Glasgow Caledonian University
Research interests: Substance use and risk behaviours among adolescents. Clustering of health behaviours among mothers and their children. Social group memberships in intimate relationships.

Elizabeth McGee, Glasgow Caledonian University
Research interests: Parenting & family intervention research, behavioural & substance abuse intervention, mental health & well-being.

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.

Matt Sanders, Glasgow Caledonian University
Research interests: Prevention and treatment of psychopathology in children and adolescents; parent training and family intervention.

University of Aberdeen

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.

Lorna McKee, University of Aberdeen
Main areas of expertise: Qualitative research including organisational case studies and ethnography.

Zoe Morrison, 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.

Jennifer Spratt, University of Aberdeen
Research interests include the role of the school in supporting mental health and sex and relationship education.

University of Dundee

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.

Elizabeth Hannah, University of Dundee
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.

University of Bradford

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.

University of Cardiff

Jennifer Hoolachan, University of Cardiff
Research interests: drugs & alcohol use; homelessness & housing; and youth transitions, subcultures & the life-course.

Durham University

Kate Butterworth, Durham University
Research interests: Domestic violence (specifically same-sex domestic violence), police responses to domestic violence, and qualitative methodology. Kate is currently working on research exploring how the police respond to same-sex domestic violence within the UK.

Edinburgh Napier University

Fiona McQueen, Edinburgh 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.

University of Kent

Tina Haux, University of Kent
Research interests: Evidence-use, childhood, families & relationships.

The University of Manchester

David Gadd, The University of Manchester
Research interests: Young people and domestic abuse perpetration.

University of Reading

Sophia Bowlby, The University of Reading
Research interests: Feminist social and economic geography of urban area.

University of Strathclyde

Cara Jardine, University of Strathclyde
Research interests: Currently a research associate on an ESRC funded information poverty study, exploring how public information providers can better support young first time mothers from marginalised communities.  This project reflects research interests in relationships, young people and social inclusion.

Daniela Sime, University of Strathclyde
My current research focuses on migrant children and youth and the impact that family migration has on young people’s relationships and identities.  In the context of Brexit, I am exploring the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on young migrants’ everyday lives, their family and peer relationships, sense of identity and belonging and plans for the future.  I am also interested in the impact of austerity measures on families and young people’s experiences of services, as well as researching the inequalities that certain groups experience in education.

University of York

Shuang Qiu, University of York
Research interests: Reshaping intimacy: Chinese couples in LAT (living apart together) relationships.

Goethe University

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.

University of Hertfordshire

Wendy Wills, The University of Hertfordshire
Research interests: Social, economic and environmental determinants of diet, eating practices, food security, malnutrition, obesity, physical activity.

Universities and Contacts in Australia

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.

Colm Cunningham, Director of The Dementia Centre, HammondCare in Sydney, Australia.
Research interests: Dementia care

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.

Other Associates

Simon Anderson, Research Consultant
Research interests: Simon is an applied social researcher, with more than 25 years’ experience as a practitioner, commissioner, strategist and senior manager across a range of settings, including academia, central government, the private and voluntary sectors. His research interests include criminology, ageing, emotional support, and social research methods. As an independent consultant he helps organisations to design, commission, fund, conduct and use social research more effectively.

Ingrid Biese
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.

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.

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
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.

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.

Kate McAlpine
Research interests: Children, Africa, morality, resilience, improvisation, violence.

Edward McGee, East Renfrewshire Council
Research interests: Numeracy and maths, early years collaborative, implementation science, ASN legislation.

Sue Milne, The Gateway
Primary research interests are child-adult and intergenerational relations and child and adult play and participation.

Rosemary Okoli
Research interests: Children and young people, families and relationships, gender especially in the majority world context.

Tatiana Revilla Solis
Research interests: Gender equality, gender attitudes towards domestic violence, diversity and inclusion, sexual and reproductive health.

Mihirini Sirisena
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.

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