Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

Connecting policy makers, practitioners and academics

An international journal
of research and debate


CRFR is supported by:
University of Aberdeen
University of Dundee
The University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
Glasgow Caledonian University
University of the Highlands and Islands
University of West of Scotland
University of Stirling
University of Queensland
Edinburgh Napier University


Seminar Monday 17th June 2024:
Reconceptualising Resilience – An International Perspective

In this seminar, which will also be available to join online, Professor Lisa McDaid, Dr Laurel Johnson and Dr Stephanie Wyeth from The University of Queensland will discuss ways of operationalising and implementing resilience science. Drawing on evidence from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Canada, their work seeks to re-think resilience to improve child, youth, family, and community wellbeing within a bio-psycho-socioecological (BPSE) framework. The presentation will highlight emerging research and innovations including the need for placed-based community-led practice to support transitions towards more sustained community resilience.

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Successful viva: congratulations to Thalia Assan

Congratulations to Thalia Assan for successfully passing her PhD viva with minor corrections: ‘The Politics of Friendship in the Lives of Black Girls and Girls of Colour in Scotland’. Thalia examines the politics of friendship in the lives of Black girls and girls of colour in Scotland. Her work explored the ways that friendship is affected by, contends with, and challenges structural inequalities and power relations.

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Professorial Lecture by Professor Nancy Lombard

It is with great pleasure that we share a video of Professor Nancy Lombard’s Professorial Lecture at Glasgow Caledonian University. Titled ‘The Personal is Still Political’, Nancy, who is an Associate Director of CRFR, explores her career of violence against women research through the intersections of gender, class and age. It shows how, through the promotion of gender equality in society, we can help shape and transform approaches to stopping violence against women.

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Gender in South Asia And Beyond

This collection of essays celebrates the scholarship of Professor Patricia Jeffery, Professor Emerita in Sociology, University of Edinburgh. For over 40 years, she carried out pioneering research, individually and in partnership with her colleagues on a range of subjects including gender and development, especially childbearing, women’s reproductive rights, social demography in South Asia, gender and communal politics, education and the reproduction of inequality; race and ethnicity.

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Navigating Cultural Intimacies

How and why do friendships last across cultural differences? In this in-person talk on Weds 13 March 2024, Dr Shruti Chaudhry explores decades-long friendships amongst older adults of South-Asian heritage in Scotland.

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Fatherhood and changing masculinities in China

Fatherhood and changing masculinities in China: a fireside chat, on Mon 26 Feb 2024, with Xiangxian Wang, Professor in Sociology at the University of Shandong. Xiangxian Wang will discuss social change in fathers’ involvement in parenting in China.

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