The CRFR Directors are drawn from various schools within the University of Edinburgh,
to offer academic expertise and guidance relating to our evolving themes.

Amy Chandler
Dr Amy Chandler
Director, CRFR
Amy is Senior Lecturer and Chancellor's Fellow in the School of Health in Social Science, where she leads a programme of research addressing social and cultural aspects of suicide and self-harm. Her research draws on sociological approaches and qualitative (including arts-based) methods. Current projects include: Suicide Cultures: Reimagining Suicide Research (Wellcome Trust), and Suicide in/as Politics (Leverhulme Trust). Amy is a co-investigator on the ESRC funded RELATIONS study (University of Stirling/Kings College London), a relational ethnography of the governance of parents who use drugs.
Emma Davidson
Dr Emma Davidson
Director, CRFR
Emma is a lecturer in Social Policy, having completed a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship exploring the public libraries in austerity. Emma is an expert in the analysis of qualitative data; developing techniques to think about, handle and analyse large volumes of complex qualitative data.
Jeni Harden
Dr Jeni Harden
Director, CRFR
Jeni is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Health at the University of Edinburgh. She is also Director of Education for the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics. Jeni combines her research interests in the sociological study of family health and sexual and reproductive health, with a passion for teaching.
Lynn Jamieson
Prof Lynn Jamieson
Director, CRFR
Lynn is Professor of Sociology, Families and Relationships and a founding co-director of CRFR. She previously served as President of the British Sociological Association. Lynn is known internationally for her research on intimacy, identity and social change. Her current research interests include the power of families and relationships to influence responses to climate change and issues of sustainability. Lynn is currently one of the co-investigators on a project funded by the UK Office of the Chief Scientist on the impact of Covid 19 on relatives with family members in care homes.

Based in our Edinburgh office CRFR staff provide professional support in a number of key areas.

Helen Walker
CRFR Administrator

Helen carries out a wide range of administration duties

Tuesday to Thursday, 9am to 2pm helen.walker@ed.ac.uk
Helen Walker
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Nicola Boydell
Research Fellow

Nicola supports and leads on a number of research projects

Nicola.Boydell@ed.ac.uk

Our eleven Associate Directors are from eight institutions and are active researchers in families and relationships. They contribute to strategic planning and provide links across the CRFR consortium

Margaret Arnott
Margaret Arnott
Professor at School of Media, Culture and Society
University of the West of Scotland
Philomena de Lima
Philomena De Lima
Professor at the Centre of Remote and Rural Studies
University of the Highlands and Islands
Divya Jindal Snape
Divya Jindal-Snape
Professor, School of Education and Social Work
University of Dundee
Ruth Lewis
Ruth Lewis
Research Fellow
University of Glasgow
Nancy Lombard
Nancy Lombard
Reader in Sociology and Social Policy
Glasgow School for Business and Society
Lisa McDaid
Lisa McDaid
Professor of Social Science and Health
The University of Queensland
Matthew Waites
Matthew Waites
Reader in Sociology
University of Glasgow
lesley macmillan
Lesley MacMillan
Professor of Criminology and Sociology
Glasgow Caledonian University
Samantha Punch
Samantha Punch
Professor of Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology
University of Stirling
Lorraine van Blerk
Lorraine van Blerk
Professor of Geography and Environmental Science
University of Dundee
sarah wilson
Sarah Wilson
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
University of Stirling

Current and completed PhD students with an interest in research on families and relationships

Amelia Alias
University of Edinburgh
Children's understanding of online data privacy: a study on Scottish Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils
Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive
 
Description: This study aimed to explore how children perceive online privacy. It addressed three research questions: RQ 1: What are children's views of online privacy? RQ 2: What are parents' views of online privacy? Do their views on privacy influence how they deal with their children's privacy? RQ 3: What are the benefits and disadvantages of different Internet parental mediation strategies for children's online privacy?
Amy Andrada
The University of Edinburgh
Stigma and Middle Class Mothers
 
Description: Amy is researching the dynamics and developments of identity among mothers, in context of in-group and out-group relations. Her research aims to explore the ways in which identity is shaped by parental, gender, and relationships statuses.
Jane Andrew
University of Edinburgh
The Meanings and Experiences of Befriending for People who have Memory Loss or Dementia
 
Description: This project aims to explore the meaning and experiences of befriending relationships for people with memory loss or dementia in the context of a person's everyday life, personal community, and associated life history.
Thalia Thereza Assan
University of Edinburgh
Activist Friendships: Exploring Intersections of the Political and the Personal in Adolescent Girls' Political Participation
 
Description: My PhD research examines the intersections between girls' friendships and their political participation. By employing ethnography, creative methods and interviews, I will explore the friendship ties created and practised by activist adolescent girls and analyse how the meanings ascribed to these social bonds help shape girls' political perceptions and actions.
Katherine Baxter
University of Edinburgh
Living the neoliberal global schooling project: an ethnography of childhood and everyday choices in Nepal

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This research draws upon interdisciplinary studies of childhood and young people's agency to present an ethnographic account of one group of young people in Nepal's lived experience of 'the global schooling project', a term used to describe the series of policy initiatives and the complex landscape of actors and institutions furthering the aim of getting every child, everywhere into school.
Tanya Beetham
University of Stirling
Community-based young adult accounts of domestic abuse in childhood: an inter-sectional narrative analysis
 
Description: Tanya’s research explores young women’s narrations of domestic violence and abuse in childhood when no domestic abuse services were involved. She uses an intersectional narrative analysis to adopt a critical, reflexive analytical approach which accounts for complexity and multiple subjectivities. She aims to extend the domestic abuse research to include the experiences of young adults who did not receive specialist support.
Bekkah Bernheim
University of Edinburgh
The Resettlement Experiences of Displaced Girls: A Comparative Study of Rural and Urban Scotland
 
Description: There is a paucity of scholarly research examining the resettlement experiences of displaced young women and girls in Scotland. Bekkah's proposed research seeks to address this gap in the corpus of existing literature. It compares displaced girls' experiences of resettlement in both a rural and an urban context, with a particular focus on mobility and integration. The experiences of forced migrants resettled in a rural context are markedly different from those resettled in an urban context due to available resources, access to services, and local social and cultural norms. Through the use of ethnographic and participatory methods, the research seeks to understand what constraints and enablers impact girls' (im)mobility, and how these girls resist, comply with, and/or redefine mobility boundaries, and if and how this contributes to, or in fact, inhibits the societal integration of displaced girls in Scotland.
Sarah Brown
University of Edinburgh
Course of cognition in mentally ill offenders and the implications for risk of violence: a 10-12-year follow-up study

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: Our results highlight the unstable nature of cognition in mentally ill offenders and the impact that head injury has on violence-related outcomes, over and above substance misuse and a diagnosis of schizophrenia. This has potentially renovating implications for clinical practice regarding risk management, assessment, and treatment planning.
George Burrows
University of Glasgow
Trans and non-binary experiences of sex
 
Description: This study aims to increase our understanding of transgender (or trans, including non-binary) people's sexual experiences, including good experiences and difficulties around sex, as well as the relevance of some existing terms and definitions related to the topic. It builds on issues of the body, sex and relationship, which arose during a previous "emotional safety" study. Read George's current biography, and find out the latest details of the study by emailing g.burrows.1@research.gla.ac.uk, on the project webpage, or via Twitter @TransRels.
Chiara Cooper
University of Edinburgh
Operation of masculine cultures on college campuses and universities in both the UK and USA.
 
Description: Researching the operation of masculine cultures on college campuses and universities in both the UK and USA through sociolegal scholarships. Looking specifically at the culture of laddism in the UK and fraternity culture in the US, assessing to what extent they are similar and examining their link to sexual violence against women students.
Ariane Critchley
Edinburgh Napier University
Quickening steps: an ethnography of pre-birth child protection

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This thesis is a study of pre-birth child protection practice in the Scottish context. The 'quickening' in the title refers not just to the movement in utero of the unborn babies at the centre of this research, but also to the intensification of UK policy activity aimed at protecting children more quickly and at an ever younger age. This study occurred in a period when the imperatives of both child protection and the 'early years' agenda were coming together in Scotland to produce highly interventionist possibilities for state involvement in the lives of young families. Yet the activities of pre-birth child protection and the way the work is understood by social workers and by expectant parents has remained largely unexamined by research.
Patricio Cuevas-Parra
University of Edinburgh
All opinions matter: Children and young people leading their own research

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This research project aims to critically explore how the process and outcomes of the participation of children and young people in their own research contribute, positively or negatively, to decision-making processes. This study hopes to fill the gap between literature and practice regarding child-led research which has been not widely documented and to provide such knowledge.
Rafidah Mohamad Cusairi
Glasgow Caledonian University
The Role of Shari'ah Councils in the Resolution of Matrimonial Disputes in the UK: Issues and Challenges

Link to PhD at Researchgate

 
Description: Research on family mediation in the UK with specific focus on the Muslim minority in Britain, including how the British legal system accommodates the Muslim minority needs, especially in terms of their personal status law, sharia law and the court system and the administration of the muslim family law in Britain.
Robin Dallas-Childs
University of Edinburgh
Exploring the experiences of looked after children and young people in Scotland
 
Description: This research explores the experiences of people who have spent time in residential child care in Scotland, particularly in relation to their sense of self as a child/young person 'in care' or with ‘care experience’.
Emma Doyle
University of Edinburgh
Calling NHS 24: exploring caller decision making and help seeking behaviour within the context of out-of-hours health care provision

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This project used in-depth qualitative interviews to explore illness behaviour amongst people who call NHS 24 during the out-of-hours period and who are given self-care advice. This research was funded through an ESRC CASE studentship, in association with NHS 24.
Eva Duncanson
University of Edinburgh
To Re-examine the Relationship Between Co-presence and Intimacy: Boundaries, Authenticity and Identity in Commercial Webcamming
 
Description: This research analyses the development and maintenance of online relationships established between webcam models and their clients and the ways in which they establish boundaries. For this research, interviews will be conducted with webcam models, a survey of customers and observation on the hosting sites.
Nikki Dunne
University of Edinburgh
Who cares? Indian nurses 'on the move' and how their transnational migration for care work shapes their multigenerational relationships of familial care over time

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This thesis explores how migration for care work shapes Indian nurses' multigenerational relationships of familial care over time. Using qualitative research methods, it interrogates the intertwining of economic and non-economic factors underpinning the entry and continued participation of this group of women and men in the nursing field and international nursing labour markets. The thesis is broadly informed by a relational approach to care.
Thomas Emery
University of Edinburgh
Intergenerational transfers in European families

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This research examines the financial assistance given by parents to their adult children and the extent to which it is influenced by social policy. In recent years these intergenerational financial transfers have been the subject of much research and a great deal has been learnt about when and why parents make the decision to provide financial assistance.
Joana Esteves Craveiro de Oliveira
University of Edinburgh
Psychology of Stories and Climate Change
 
Description: How children learn about something defines their actions towards that something. Telling children about scary issues through stories is not new but how did one of the scariest stories of our times, the ecological crisis, made his way into the stories our children read and watched through the last decade? Are children's fictional stories key to climate resilience, justice, and solutions?
Beverley Ferguson
University of Edinburgh
What experiences and challenges do schoolgirl mothers and mothers-to-be face when continuing in education?

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: Previous academic literature and Government agendas and policies share concerns about schoolgirl mothers/mothers-to-be not continuing in education and having lower qualifications. Despite this, research has not considered why schoolgirl mothers/mothers-to-be are more likely to drop out of education or why it is so difficult for them to continue. This thesis is an in-depth study of the experiences and challenges faced by schoolgirl mothers/mothers-to-be while continuing in education.
Rebecca Foster
University of Glasgow
Exploring the 'pains of imprisonment' beyond the prison: an ethnographic study of prisoners' visitors at a Scottish prison

Link to PhD at the University of Glasgow

 
Description: The research upon which this thesis is based aims to build on a rich and growing body of work about how imprisonment affects, is practiced by, and structures families with a loved one in prison. It aims to do this by contributing to knowledge on the lived experiences of prison visiting for the families of prisoners, who were until recently largely overlooked in prisons scholarship. In turn, this thesis aims to shed light on families’ overall experience of the imprisonment of a loved one(s).
Catriona Galbraith
University of Stirling
Experiences of chronic illness and informal caring in Scotland

Link to PhD at the University of Stirling

 
Description: Using a range of visual and interview methods my PhD is looking at how family identities are negotiated in relation to non-terminal illness and informal care, and whether being paid for informal care impacts the relationships between family members
Leah Gilman
University of Edinburgh
Qualifying kinship: how do UK gamete donors negotiate identity-release donation?

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: With effect from 1st April 2005, UK law was amended such that gamete donors must now consent to their identity being released to their donor offspring, should they request it after the age of eighteen. This qualitative study investigates the views and experiences of those donating in this new context. Drawing primarily on twenty-four in-depth interviews with donors, supplemented by twenty staff interviews and observation in two fertility clinics, I examine how donors make sense of their role in relation to offspring, recipients and the wider community.
Sarah Golightley
University of Edinburgh
Therapeutic boarding schools in the USA
 
Description: Sarah's PhD research is on therapeutic boarding schools in the USA, which are residential facilities for teenagers who are considered to have had mental health or substance misuse problems. Young people are typically sent to a therapeutic boarding school at their parents' request, sometimes without the knowledge or consent of the young person. The research is centred on in-depth interviews with former therapeutic board school students on their experiences and perspectives.
Elizabeth Graham
University of Stirling
 
Description: Currently researching children with Asperger Syndrome's experiences of the support they receive in school. This qualitative study will explore their experiences of social and educational support in school
Sharon Greenwood
University of Glasgow
'I try hard not to blame my dad': a sociological interpretation of the 'problem' with parental problem substance use

Link to PhD at the University of Glasgow

 
Description: Sharon's PhD research focuses on unpacking the lived experience of young adults, aged between 16 and 30, who have been, or continue to be affected by parental drug and/or alcohol use. Sharon uses a combination of biographical interviewing and visual methods. This research is funded by the ESRC (2013-6)
Jillian Hart
University of Edinburgh
Is methodological innovation superficially attractive but challenging in practice? A case study combining biographical narrative with social network mapping
 
Description: As social scientists we have a variety of methods in our social science ‘toolbox’. But, are we using the same methods over and over again? We have so many methods and applications of methods at our disposal; why are we sticking to primarily interviews, questionnaires, ethnography, focus groups (or a combination of them). The NCRM typology of research methods lists literally dozens of methods, and even with only 12 methods considered, there are 132 possible pairings of methods, so why are we limiting our data collection methods? Is mixing methods superficially attractive but challenging in practice? This thesis therefore questions, are we stuck in a rut with our data collection methods? This project will examine and explore the potential, and also the pitfalls, of bringing (auto)biographical research and social network analysis together by way of a case study which examines the academic career, relationships, and networks of Professor Ann Oakley.
Lisa Howard
University of Edinburgh
 
Description: This research is using a mixed qualitative methodology to look at the experiences of climate activist parents and guardians. Using emotion as a lens on the everyday, I aim to uncover the gendered and classed aspects of intergenerational environmental concern and practice
Somia Imran
University of Edinburgh
The association of grandparent-grandchild relationships with empathy and depression in grandchildren
 
Dora Jandric
University of Edinburgh
Imagined Futures of Same-sex couples

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This research explores how older same-sex couples in Scotland imagine their future. While there is a growing number of sociological studies looking at lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) ageing, these mostly focus on the intersection of age and sexual identity, often leaving out the impact of the past and present lived experiences on the ageing process. Sociological studies of time, and, more specifically, of the future, often exclude older populations due to assumptions that older people belong to a non-futurity (Sandberg 2015) because they are closer to the end of their lives.
Mufiza Zia Kapadia
University of Edinburgh
Chlamydia testing and treatment in community pharmacies: findings and lessons learned from setting out to evaluate an unexpectedly short lived service in Lothian, Scotland

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: Genital chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection. In August 2008, the Scottish government directed its health boards to involve community pharmacies in providing chlamydia testing and treatment for young people. Lothian Health Board envisaged a pharmacy-based chlamydia testing and treatment (CT&T) service to be able to reach deprived population. This research project set out to evaluate the implementation of the CT&T in Lothian, Scotland.
Marta Kowalewska
University of Edinburgh
Addressing the (in)visibility of Romani women in Central and Eastern European nationalist discourses: Implications for intersectional feminism and nationalism studies
 
Description: Marta's research uses feminist intersectionality to enrich studies of nationalism and racism whilst building evidence-based understandings of threats to health and social justice for Romani women. The research aims to suggest an approach where policies addressing healthcare access, reproductive rights, ethnic discrimination and poverty in Romani populations take into the account the specific situation of Romani women, rather than utilising a gender-blind approach
Maggie Laidlaw
University of Edinburgh
Volunteering as a balancing act: who's got time for that?

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This thesis explores the temporal dimensions of women's voluntary involvement in civic activities. How and why people find or make the time to volunteer within their busy lives is a puzzle given that volunteering is not always easy. It is not just about finding/having time, it is also about synchronising with others and fitting into a group when needed, and how this might be dovetailed with other commitments in the life of a volunteer.
Marie Larsson
Lund University and University of Edinburgh
 
Research Interests: : Pasts, presents, futures: exploring young people's contraceptive work in Sweden. Through qualitative in-depth interviews, I identify how young women, men and nonbinary people (aged 18-29 years old) experience, make sense of and reflect upon different aspects of contraceptive use. I employ the concept of “contraceptive work”, which I define as being responsible for planning, implementing, negotiating and navigating contraceptive use or non-use in everyday-life. I investigate what this work involves and how it is produced through gender, gender identity, sexuality and other power structures and dynamics.
Samuel Lawton
University of Glasgow
 
Research Interests: Sexual prejudice against bisexual men is a barrier to initiating and maintaining relationships. There is evidence that bisexual men suffer from dual discrimination because of their sexuality, and more surprisingly their gender. Sam's research examines bisexual men's relationships from the perspectives of sociology, social psychology, and gender studies, seeking to uncover bisexual men's and their partner's experiences through qualitative methods
Carine Leborgne
University of Edinburgh
Implementing children and young people's participation in decision-making: The role of non-governmental organisations

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: Carine's research aimed to follow a case study approach focusing on two children's rights organisations, one in Scotland and one in Tamil Nadu (South India). It looked at how NGOs implement the concept of participation, at the role of facilitators and barriers in the process of implementation, and at future improvement of children's participation. The study compared practices between the "Minority World" and "Majority World" to evaluate alternative solutions to implement children's participation.
Nitzan Levenberg
University of Edinburgh
 
Research Interests: Exploring notions of love and intimacy amongst British and Israeli Millennials, with special interest in the search for long-term, committed relationships in post-modernity
Sara Diane Lindores
University of Edinburgh
Women and religious racisms in Inverclyde: feminised intra-Christian sectarianism and gendered Islamophobia

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This thesis re-problematises the issue of intra-Christian sectarianism from the standpoints of women from different denominational backgrounds, social classes and age groups. It foregrounds alternative gendered knowledge, situated within private and familial spheres, to provide a less partial picture of sectarianism which has traditionally been associated with male-dominated concerns such as Scottish football. It reveals processes of feminised intra-Christian sectarianism, which construct Catholic women and girls as racialised outsiders in ways that are simultaneously gendered and classed.
Leah McCabe
University of Edinburgh
 
Description: Gendering Change: Tracing domestic abuse policy discourses and directions in Scotland from 1998. This research aims to analyse the gendered dimensions of the Scottish Parliament and the influence this has had on domestic abuse policy.
Aimee McCullough
University of Edinburgh
'On the margins of family and home life?' Working-class fatherhood and masculinity in post-war Scotland

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This thesis examines working-class fatherhood and masculinities in post-war Scotland, the history of which is almost non-existent. Scottish working-class fathers have more commonly been associated with the 'public sphere' of work, politics and male leisure pursuits and presented negatively in public and official discourses of the family. Using twenty-five newly conducted oral history interviews with men who became fathers during the period 1970-1990, as well as additional source materials, this thesis explores the ways in which their everyday lives, feelings and experiences were shaped by becoming and being fathers.
Aisha Macgregor
University of Glasgow
The paradox of care and control: experiences of community based compulsory treatment orders in Scotland

Link to PhD at the University of Glasgow

 
Description: This PhD explores how community based Compulsory Treatment Orders (CTOs) impact families and relationships. This research has utilised semi-structured interviews with people on community based CTOs, their families and mental health advocates
Alexandra Macht
University of Edinburgh
Fatherhood and love: A psychosocial and cultural exploration of unromantic love in Scottish and Romanian families.

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: Through semi-structured qualitative interviews, observations of personal lives and an analysis of current parenting blogs, the research investigates the conceptions and emotional experiences of both parents in general and fathers in particular regarding unromantic child-led love.
Hannah McInnes-Dean
University of Edinburgh
 
Description: An ethnographic enquiry into men's experiences of the transition to fatherhood in Edinburgh. Focusing on experiences of childbirth and parental leave
Aoife McKenna
University of Edinburgh
Women's experiences of sterilisation in Brazil: negotiating reproductive discourses, institutional and intimate relationships, and contraceptive practices

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: Aoife was awarded a Wellcome Trust funded studentship under a Biomedical Ethics Strategic programme, "The Human Body, its Scope, Limits and Future". The project investigated sterilization in Brazil and the U.K., particularly focusing on conceptions of parenthood and family, constructions of the human body and its capabilities, and issues of regulation.
Caitlin McLean
University of Edinburgh
Market-based childcare & maternal employment: a comparison of systems in the United States & United Kingdom

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: A vast literature has identified the importance of childcare for understanding cross-national variation in women's employment, and has particularly emphasised the role of the state in ensuring the delivery of services. This thesis explores variation within market-based childcare systems in order to understand how systems with less state provision may support or constrain maternal employment. The thesis argues that understanding whether childcare markets 'work' or not in supporting maternal employment requires a deep understanding of the interplay between market and state, as the specific policy approach taken can shape the structure of the market in profoundly different ways.
Christina McMellon
University of Edinburgh
Critical happiness: examining the beliefs that young Lao volunteers in Vientiane hold about the things that make life good

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: Christina's research used collaborative ethnography to explore young Laotian's experiences and understandings of their subjective wellbeing and how these experiences and assessments are informed by Lao culture and changing global cultures.
Jingyu Mao
University of Edinburgh
Using intimacy as a lens on the work and migration experiences of ethnic performers in Southwest China

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This research explores how the lens of intimacy can be used to understand migration and inequalities and demonstrates the value of such a theoretical lens. It does so by focusing on the experience of a group of rural to urban, ethnic minority migrant performers in Southwest China, who perform ethnic songs and dances as part of their work at different venues such as restaurants and tourist sites. Ethnic performance is a site of encounter where minority, rural, feminised service providers interact with Han, urban, masculinised customers, and such physical proximity may render their social distance even more significant.
Pooja Marwaha
University of Edinburgh
Moving beyond blood-ties - An exploration of the lived experiences of queer South Asian women living in the UK
 
Description: My PhD research examines the different types of relationships that queer South Asian women have with their families after coming out to them. It will use semi structured interviews and ethnographic fieldwork to get an insight into the lived experiences of queer South Asian women living in the UK.
Mary Mitchell
University of Edinburgh
Re-imagining family group conferencing 'outcomes'

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This PhD research was a 1+3 collaborative studentship, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and was a partnership between CHILDREN 1ST, the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships and the University of Edinburgh. This qualitative research aimed to better understand the contribution Family Group Conferencing (FGC) made to longer-term outcomes for children and families. For the purposes of the research, "longer-term" was considered to be 12 months or longer, after an FGC meeting had taken place.
Fiona Morrison
University of Edinburgh
Children, contact and domestic abuse

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: Fiona was awarded a CASE ESRC studentship with Scottish Women's Aid and the Centre for Research in Families and Relationships (CRFR). Her research focused on children's views and experiences of contact when there is history of domestic abuse, and their views of contact policy and legislation.
Maggie Morrison
University of Edinburgh
Sylheti-heritage children in Urban Scotland: Challenging the deficit model through the lens of childhood in Sylhet

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This thesis seeks to challenge deficit approaches to 'different' childhoods. It does this through documenting the everyday life experiences of Sylheti-heritage Muslim children in urban Scotland, and reading these childhoods through the lives of children and their kin in rural Sylhet, Bangladesh. The research is based on 3 years' ethnographic fieldwork (January 2008-February 2011), in Scotland and in Bangladesh, and incorporates various child-friendly creative research methods used to elicit data on children's realities and perspectives on their lives.
Javita Narang
University of Edinburgh
Grounded theory analysis of therapeutic interventions practiced by professionals in India and the UK with child and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: There is a high prevalence of child sexual abuse (CSA) in India and the UK (Laccino, 2014). However, there is a lack of research on culturally-specific aspects of psychotherapy offered to child and adolescent survivors of CSA in both these countries. Therapeutic interventions with sexually abused children raise complex concerns due to the heterogeneity based on the developmental stage of children; varied impact, presenting difficulties and needs; and characteristics of abuse, age, gender, ethnicity and cultural factors.
Lakshmi Neelakantan
University of Edinburgh
 
Description: Her PhD research explores the experiences of adolescents with regards to answering questions on the ISPCAN's Child Abuse Screening Tools in multiple contexts, namely Romania, South Africa, and the Philippines. This research may be used for development and cross-cultural adaptation of self-report child abuse measures. Lakshmi is based at the Moray House School of Education and is supervised by Dr. Franziska Meinck, Dr. Deborah Fry, and Prof. Lani Florian. Her research is fully funded by the Principal's Career Development Scholarship and Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship
Kate Norman
University of Edinburgh
Transgender people's experiences of health and social care provision in Scotland

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: Kate's PhD reviewed levels of social care need and service provision for transgender people in Scotland, within dedicated and generic services, and from the perspectives of transgender people themselves. The findings, from three online surveys and nineteen online interviews, identified varying levels of support from transgender groups, gender specialists, GPs, counsellors/psychiatrists, families and friends, and from care staff. Key areas of need included gender identity and transition issues, family concerns, documentation, mental and physical health issues, and issues relating to social integration, including the effects of transphobia and social isolation.
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Harla Sara Octarra
University of Edinburgh
Making visible inter-agency working processes in children's services

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: This PhD looked at practices of working together in children's services. The research was conducted within the context of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) implementation. GIRFEC is the Scottish Government approach to improving outcomes for children. It requires agencies in each local authority to work together in order to deliver appropriate and timely services for children and families, and the researcher looked closely on what working together meant in practice. The PhD was funded by the Indonesia Education Scholarship; the Indonesian Government scholarship that was managed and administered by the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) of Ministry of Finance.
Temitayo Odewusi
University of Edinburgh
Exploration of power relations in the sexual and contraceptive choices of adolescents in South West Nigeria

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: Nigeria has one of the highest populations of young people worldwide including the widest health and economic inequalities. There are high levels of maternal deaths from pregnancy-related causes and sexually transmitted infections compared to other low-and-middle-income countries. The majority of research in this field is quantitative, highlighting a lack of education in sexual health. Nonetheless, there is a notable lack of research into the sexual experiences of the young people themselves. Aims: This study aimed to explore: 1) the views and experiences of Nigerian adolescents about their sexual initiation and contraceptive use; and, 2) the influence of gender and socio-economic status in the Nigerian adolescents’ accounts of their sexual initiation and contraceptive use.
Chelle Oldham
University of West Scotland
 
Description: My research looks at the value families place on education and the spaces in which education takes place. I am asking families to consider why they chose to educate their children in spaces such as schools, churches and home. My research compares the transfer, if one occurs, of education capital (the accumulation of knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences) from children to adults at home. Education capital is part of a family's cultural capital collectively; can children's learning experience(s) improve, alter or increase their parents/carers learning and knowledge?
Sharani Osborn
University of Edinburgh
Doing fatherhood, doing family: contemporary paternal perspectives

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: The studentship, funded by the ESRC through the Centre for Population Change (CPC) comprised of a qualitative interview project in Edinburgh with men who are fathers, and a smaller sample of men who are not fathers. The aim of the research was to explore how men understand the place of fatherhood in the life course and in relation to other life domains, as well as the factors shaping decisions around having children for men who are and are not fathers.
Rebecca Parry Black
University of Edinburgh
Children’s experiences of and involvement in the treatment and management of their epilepsy: a qualitative study

Link to PhD at Edinburgh Research Archive

 
Description: The project focused on the impact of early (childhood) on-set epilepsy on the family. Examining closely the affects a diagnosis has on the child, siblings, and parents. As well as exploring family dynamics and strategies for managing and living with chronic illness. The PhD is part of on-going work at the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh and funded by the Muir Maxwell Trust.
Zoe Picton-Howell
University of Edinburgh
UK Paediatricians' medical decision-making for severely disabled children: a socio-legal analysis

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Description: This thesis aims to illuminate how paediatricians in the United Kingdom (UK) make difficult medical decisions when treating severely disabled children with complex health conditions. In particular, it examines the part played, if any, by law, rights, and ethics in those decisions. After drawing on jurisprudence of the English and European Human Rights Court, together with existing scholarship, to analyse the doctors' decision making, this thesis adopts a legal consciousness theoretical approach.
Nastassia Rambarran
University of Glasgow
 
Description: Current project is an examination of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer plus (LGBTQ+) activism in Latin America and the Caribbean, specifically the Commonwealth nations of Guyana and Barbados, develops through transnational processes, in relation to decolonizing analyses. The methodology utilises a qualitative comparative analysis of case studies within a decolonial framework and queer lens
Aigli Raouna
University of Edinburgh
Bipolar Disorder and Transition to Parenthood
 
Description: Aigli is particularly interested in the field of perinatal mental health for both mothers and fathers and in the field of intergenerational transmission of psychopathology. Her current research is funded by the Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarship and it focuses on transition to parenthood in the context of bipolar disorder using a mixed methods approach
Eloi Ribe
University of Edinburgh
Maintaining and extending grandparent-grandchild relationships

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Description: This project aims to investigate how, and under what circumstances, intimacy in grandparent-grandchild relationships is enabled, enacted and sustained in the early years of grandchildren. Previous work on emotional closeness of grandparent-grandchild relationships suggests that grandmothers and maternal grandparents are more likely to feel stronger bonds with their grandchildren, and that grandparents with a good quality of relationship with parents and living geographically close to grandchildren have greater opportunities to develop a strong emotional tie.
Sarah Rogers
University of Edinburgh
Exploring non-resident fatherhood and child well-being in the early years using the Growing Up in Scotland study

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Description: This project used data from the Growing Up in Scotland study to research and explore associations between non-resident fatherhood and child well-being and the potential pathways through which such associations may operate.
Emily Ross
University of Edinburgh
Exploring tentativeness: risk, uncertainty and ambiguity in first time pregnancy

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Description: This thesis explores fifteen women's accounts of pregnancy over the course of gestation. It highlights the fluidity and dynamism of these women's experiences, placing these in the context of the breadth of medical interventions they engaged with. Much existing literature concerning pregnancy focuses on specific instances of contact with medical professionals or technological interventions. This study explores the mundane and routine elements of the everyday practice of pregnancy, including during the first trimester. This is a period rarely addressed in academic literature.
Nathalia Salamanca
University of Edinburgh
Sense-making and life narratives: Colombian former child soldiers and their views about childhood during war
 
Description: The aim of this research is to explore the existence of former child soldier's narrative that could contest that mainstream discourse, and to see what contributions these narratives can provide to the understanding of childhood during war
Kristina Saunders
University of Glasgow
Qualitatively exploring how women make and experience reproductive decisions in a supposed age of choice

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Description: This study will explore the connections between wider theoretical debates and structures regarding individualization and neoliberalism, and the lived realities of women's lives and decision making
Lee Siew-Pien
University of Edinburgh
Children's participation in decisions regarding their nursing care: An ethnographic study of children, parents and nurses in the oncology setting

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Description: The aim of this study was to explore children's participation in decisions regarding their nursing care from the perspective of the children, their parents, and nurses in an oncological ward in Malaysia.
Robert Stephenson
Queen Mary University of London
Men juggling work, home and family in contemporary London
 
Description: This qualitative study will explore the everyday lived experiences of self-identified 'male primary caregivers' juggling competing activities of work, home and family in London in the (post) recession period focusing particularily on households supported by a female breadwinner
Scott Tindal
University of Edinburgh
This studentship aimed to contribute to the body of research concerned with knowledge exchange

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Description: This project explored the processes of non-academic engagement at the interface between researchers and non-academic research-users, for example; policymakers, charities, private companies, and other stakeholders including the wider public. This study used the case study of the CPC to explore how demography and population research is disseminated across a wide range of different research-using audiences.
Liliana Arias Urena
University of Edinburgh
Children´s Experiences of Living with Cleft Lip and Palate (CLP)
 
This qualitative study seeks to explore children's own accounts of the experience of living with Cleft Lip and Palate in a Latin-American context — Colombia.
Kwanravee Wangudom
University of Edinburgh
Ghostly Transmissions: Cultural Ethnic Identification among the Younger Generations of the Chinese Descendants in Thailand
 
Description: The project aims to explore intergenerational family dynamics at the cosmopolitan turn by bringing both sociology and psychoanalytic approaches. This means taking into account an interplay between social structure and individuals, the latter also with unconscious aspects of being.
Julie Watson
University of Edinburgh
Understanding the caring relationship between people with advanced dementia and care staff in a care home

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Description: This research sought to understand the caring relationship between people with advanced dementia towards the end of life and care staff in a care home. Using embodied self hood as a theoretical framework and focusing on everyday acts of care, she explored ways of being with the person with dementia in caring ways that draw upon their remaining emotional, relational and embodied capacities, as part of a palliative care approach.
Britt Evy Westergard
University of Edinburgh
Life story work – a new approach to the person centred supporting of older adults with an intellectual disability in Norway. A qualitative study of the impact of life story work on storytellers and their interlocutors

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Description: Older Norwegian adults with an intellectual disability are today more integrated into society than earlier generations. Some represent the last of the generation that experienced and can talk about childhoods in central institutions and about living under the World War II Nazi regime. The closure of Norwegian institutions, which took place in the1990s, was based on social valuation theories. The post-closure situation for people with intellectual disabilities, their staff and local authorities was very different form what they had experienced previously, local authorities being responsible for providing person-centred services.
Catherine Whittaker
University of Edinburgh
Warrior women: contested understandings of violence and gender in Highland Mexico

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Description: Based on 15 months of ethnographic research in Milpa Alta, a rural, southern municipality of Mexico City, this thesis focuses on local understandings and contestations surrounding "violence against Indigenous women", while questioning the meaning of "violence", "Indigeneity", and "femininity," and the relationship between these concepts. I argue for rethinking violence, as present interventions in Milpa Alta may contribute more to perpetuating than alleviating it.
Alex Wright
University of Edinburgh
What's so important about health policy implementation?

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Description: This research is a review of evidence regarding health policy implementation. It draws on peer-reviewed journal articles and grey literature on a variety of health policy topics, including health and social care, health inequalities, disability rights, indigenous health, mental health, physical activity, obesity, and tobacco control. There is a specific focus on alcohol policy in Scotland.
Laura Wright
University of Edinburgh
Play-based research to explore child researchers' psychosocial wellbeing and community participation
 
Description: Laura's research explores the role of play-based methodologies in child researchers' psychosocial wellbeing and meaningful participation. The research study will use an interdisciplinary sociology of childhood, child-rights, social ecological and systems thinking approach, and an anticolonial research paradigm (Bronfenbrenner, 1979; Dei & Kempf, 2006; James & Prout, 2015; Wilson, 2008). A qualitative play-based participatory research process will be employed that draws on participatory action research (PAR) (Reason & Bradbury, 2006) and creative action research (CAR) to support refugee child researchers (11 to 16 years) to develop skills to lead research with their peers and community on the role of play in psychosocial well being. Thus, each member of the research team will be leading on a research project, Laura's being her PhD exploring child researchers' experience and the children's being their PAR projects.
Hong Yang
University of Edinburgh
 
Description: The study seeks to explore relationship dynamics of international couples between Chinese women and British men in UK by discussing questions such as whether different dimensions of power (individual, interpersonal, and structural) is related to intimacy; whether perceptions and exertion of power varied by gender and ethnicity; whether different dimensions of power are rotational between couples; what strategies couples take can lead to the rotation of power; and how does the rotation of power shape the way to construct intimacy
Hannah Zagel
University of Edinburgh
Timing of single motherhood: implications for employment careers in Great Britain and West Germany

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Description: This thesis investigates how family–employment reconciliation issues associated with single motherhood affect women's employment careers. The study fills a gap in the literature, which rarely considers single motherhood and employment as processes in the life course, much less in a cross-country comparative perspective. Patterns of employment trajectories during and after single motherhood are examined as the outcome of individual and institutional circumstances.
Yan Zhu
University of Edinburgh
Chinese children's understanding and experiences of friendships with peers in the context of a rural primary boarding school

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Description: The broad aim of this Ph.D. research was to learn how rural Chinese children understand and experience friendships with peers in the context of a primary boarding school in rural China. To answer this research question, I conducted ethnographic fieldwork lasting five months at a primary rural boarding school in the western area of Hubei Province, mainly working with Primary Year 5 children in 2016. During this period, I lived in this boarding school's on-campus teachers' accommodation and fully engaged in children's everyday school lives.

Associate Researchers with an interest in research on families and relationships

 
Amanda Amos
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Smoking and tobacco control. Focusing on a broad range of smoking issues at the individual, community and societal levels
Simon Anderson
Research Consultant
Research interests: Simon is an applied social researcher, with almost 30 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.
Angus Bancroft
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: recreational and problem drug and alcohol use; big data and citizen science; illicit markets; digital crime; health and illness
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
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.
Gillian Black
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
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
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: 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
University of Reading
Research interests: Feminist social and economic geography of urban area.
Jenna Breckenridge
University of Dundee
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.
Sally Brown
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Relationships between generations, particularly in families where there has been experience of teenage pregnancy across two or more generations; how young men experience fatherhood, and what fatherhood means to them.
Julie Brownlie
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Sociology of emotions; personal relationships and social change
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.
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. She 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.
Kate Butterworth
Durham Edinburgh
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.
Laura Cariola
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: My current research explores discourses of mental health problems, such as media presentations, and lived experiences of young people and their families. Other research explores the psychology and experiences of mobile families.
Janet Carsten
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Kinship, marriage and relatedness, gender and the person, genomics and reproductive technologies, houses and domesticity, migration, memory, adoption and adoption reunions, Malaysia and Southeast Asia, Britain.
Shruti Chaudhry
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Marriage and intimate relationships, migration, care, ageing and the life-course, inter-generational relationships, lived experience, social change, British/Scottish South Asian families, ethnic minority families. Regional Specialisation: India, South Asia, Scotland
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.
Hope Christie
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Currently my research is focused on understanding the psychological support needs of parents in South Africa who have experienced trauma and may be living with PTSD. Through understanding more about that support looks like for them, I hope to be able to develop a resource around their needs that will help support parents and their children following trauma.
Bronwen Cohen
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
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.
Elizabeth Cripps
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
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Research methods, methodological innovations, ethics, sociology of families, households and communities.
Patricio Cuevas-Parra
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Primarily on social justice issues related to children in situations of adversity. Within this childhood-focused research, much of the emphasis of my work is on understanding children and young people's participation in public policy debate. I have a particular interest in exploring innovative and participatory methodologies to engage children and young people in research processes- particularly in looking at cutting-edge child rights advocacy approaches and models to enhance children opportunities to participate collectively in society in accordance with relevant human rights standards.
Nicola Cunningham
University of Stirling
Research interests: qualitative research. Current research interests: dementia, cancer and homecare; dementia and multimorbidities; gender, welfare and wellbeing; rights-based approaches.
Jenny Dalrymple
Glasgow Caledonian University
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
Research interests: Primarily queer forms of culture, especially cinema. Queer politics / queer archives / European queer lives / queer visual culture / experimental cinema.
Rama Dieng
University of Edinburgh
Rama Salla Dieng, is a Senegalese writer, academic and activist. She is currently a Lecturer in Africa and International Development at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh. Her PhD thesis provided a feminist political economy analysis of selected agricultural investments and their socio-economic outcomes in Northern Senegal during what has been dubbed "the land rush" between 2008 and 2017. Between 2010 and 2015, she worked successively as a Research Assistant then a Research Fellow in the Policy Research Division the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) based in Senegal. Rama is also a feminist activist who has collaborated with several feminist organisations on agrarian change, gender and development, and social reproduction. Research interests: African feminisms and Feminist Parenting
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
Research interests: Ruth is an Ethnographer and Social Development Consultant at Keep Your Shoes Dirty where she generates local knowledge to help understand people and their lives from their own vantage points. She has fifteen years experience in ethnographic and qualitative research and evaluation and evidence-based approaches to programme and policy design within the public and not-for-profit sectors. Ruth has designed and managed research projects in the UK and internationally (for example, Ghana, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Indonesia, Nepal and Ecuador). She has worked with organisations such as the United Nations, DFID, Girl Effect, Rosa Fund for Women, The Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions and the UK Cabinet Office Policy Lab. Ruth has particular expertise in bringing forward the perspectives of hard to reach and vulnerable groups and has specific experience of research with children and families and developing locally driven approaches to research ethics. She has developed training manuals and toolkits for peer research and applied ethnography, including numerous story-based packages to support organisations to conduct their own peer learning and use this to inform the design of their approaches and services.
Liz Forbat
University of Stirling
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
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.
David Gadd
University of Manchester
Research interests: Domestic abuse perpetrators and interventions; substance use and Interpersonal violence; men as victims of domestic abuse; young people and domestic abuse; social marketing campaigns to prevent violence; modern slavery, human trafficking and grooming; response to sexual assault survivors.
Andressa Gadda
Research interests: The focus of Andressa's 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
Research interests: 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.
Karri Gillespie-Smith
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: How core socio-cognitive strengths and weaknesses impact wider areas of functioning in Autism and other vulnerable groups (ie clinical symptomology, forsenic implications, risk awareness, social media use, friendships and relationships, technology).
Cornelia Gollek
University of the West of Scotland
Research interests: Children's cognitive development and the relationship to language development. How different socio-economic factors influence metacognition and early language learning.
Karen Goodall
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Karen's research focuses mainly on the impact of childhood experiences on wellbeing and mental health in later life. I am particularly interested in how the quality of childhood relationships (attachment) are related to how individuals regulate thoughts, emotions and behaviour. A further interest is Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), particularly emotional abuse.
Elizabeth Hannah
University of Dundee
Research interests: Autism spectrum disorder; educational transitions; consulting with children and young people; early years; inclusion of children with additional support needs and professional ethics.
Tina Haux
University of Kent
Research interests: Evidence-use, childhood, families & relationships.
Duncan Helm
University of Stirling
Research interests: Judgement and decision making in social work. Duncan has research experience in the study of sense-making and influencing factors in the ecology of judgement. In particular Duncan is interested in how practitioners combine deliberative (analytical) and non-deliberative (intuitive) thinking when making decisions in conditions of uncertainty.
Mary Holmes
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: 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: include marginalised groups and precarity; homelessness and housing; the sociology of deviance (with a focus on drug use); youth studies; and constructions of home and place. Theoretically, my work has been informed by symbolic interactionism, deviancy theories, youth transitions, belonging and identity, and understandings of space and place.
Bill Hughes
Glasgow Caledonian University
Research interests: Disability and impairment, social theory and the body, social exclusion.
Alexander Janus
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.
Cara Jardine
University of Strathclyde
Research interests: Cara currently holds a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, and this project aims to explore how connected men and women in custody feel to their communities during their sentence. This builds on her PhD research, which examined in the impact of imprisonment on families and relationships.
Vanisha Jassal
University of Kent
My current research is examining the cultural constructs of 'shame' and 'honour' in families and their likely influence upon females who have suffered child sexual abuse amongst Britain's South Asian communities.
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
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Children and young people, experiences of a critical illness event, sociology of families, sociology of childhood, survivorship and qualitative research methods.
Hyunchul Kim
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: l am a social and cultural anthropologist whose main research interests include the anthropology of contemporary Japan and East Asia, death, religion and ritual, emotion, personhood, kinship, gender, economic anthropology, and more recently migration, refugees, national identity, the politics of death, and political anthropology. I am currently working on research exploring how the intertwined bonds between family members are sustained and adjusted after death, and how the relationship between the surviving family members and the deceased is altered, maintained and terminated.
Kristina Konstantoni
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
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Labour market, social inequality, and quantitative research methods.
Marlies Kustatscher
University of Edinburgh
Marlies is a Lecturer in Childhood Studies, Programme Director of the BA in Childhood Practice, and Co-Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) in the Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on children and young people's experiences of intersecting inequalities (race, class, gender, ethnicity, age); interdisciplinary, arts-based approaches to activism and social change; and children and young people's human rights and participation in research and practice.
Julien le Jeune d'Allegeershecque
University of Glasgow
Research interests: The topic of my MSc dissertation was "Personal Growth after Domestic Abuse". As part of this research I studied the feasibility of conducting research into Post-Traumatic Growth with female survivors of Domestic Abuse, in partnership with Women's Aid. The study was successful, and yielded some important feasibility information on how to carry out this type of research in an ethical manner, as well as providing some guidelines on how to work in partnership with third-sector organisations in this field.
Billy Lee
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
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
University of Aberdeen
Research interests focus on imprisonment, alternatives to custody, children's rights and the impact of sentencing options on families and children.
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 McInnes
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
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.
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.
Siobhan Magee
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. Her current work is part of the ERC-funded project A Global Anthropology of Transforming Marriage (AGATM).
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.
Meiko Makita
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Meiko is currently onducting research on (1) 'remote' experiences of care, loss, bereavement and grief in the context of covid-19 and how these are communicated on social media through text and photography, and (2) images of re-negotiated spaces of work and family life during lockdown shared on social media.
Geetha Marcus
Queen Margaret University
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.
Charles Marley
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Charles work is interested in why we think and do what we do regarding children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. He is interested in understanding the history of what we think and do with regards to children's problems and how this has been shaped a variety of factors. His aim is to understand how these factors have made certain ways of thinking and acting in relation to 'problems' more likely than other ways of thinking and acting.
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.
Lisa McDaid
University of Queensland
Research interests: LGBT communities, community participative methods, co-production in intervention development and health improvement, asset-based public health, syndemics, sexual health. Previously an Associate Director of CRFR.
Edward McGee
East Renfrewshire Council
Research interests: Numeracy and maths, implementation science and Improvement Science, ASN legislation, Wellbeing, scale design.
Lorna McKee
University of Aberdeen
Main areas of expertise: Qualitative research including organisational case studies and ethnography.
Aoife McKenna
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Sociological approaches to – family and intimate relationships, reproduction, healthcare, inequalities, health technologies, contraception, and qualitative research methods.
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.
Charlotte Melander
Gothenburg University
Charlottes current research is focusing on children of EU-migrant workers who have reunited with their parent/parents in Sweden after a period of geographical separation. The focus in the first study is on the voices of children and on the building of significant relationships in a transnational context before and after migration. The other study is focusing on how children´s mobility have influenced their feelings of belonging and attachment to people and places.
Sue Milne
The Gateway
Primary research interests are child-adult and intergenerational relations and child and adult play and participation.
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.
Mary Mitchell
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: participation, childhood and youth studies, child welfare, social work interventions, families, re-imaging outcomes, repositioning positions of power, looked after children. Mary's recent research is a 1+3 collaborative studentship, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and was a partnership between CHILDREN 1ST, the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships and the University of Edinburgh. This qualitative research aimed to better understand the contribution Family Group Conferencing (FGC) makes to longer-term outcomes for children and families.
Niamh Moore
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.
Fiona Morrison
University of Stirling
Research interests: Fiona's research interests are in the areas of children's rights, child welfare, domestic abuse and research with children.
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 youth 's experiences, their relationships and transnational social and spacial geographies.
Ingela Kristina Naumann
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
University of Stirling
Research interests: marginalised groups; complex health and social care needs; parent; maternal mental health; complex interventions; ethnography; gender and health.
Rosemary Okoli
Research interests: Children and young people, families and relationships, gender especially in the majority world context.
Sharani Osborn
Research interests: gender, masculinity, family, family formation, generations, temporality
Martyn Pickersgill
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.
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.
Carrie Purcell
University of Glasgow
Research interests: Sexual and reproductive health, abortion, menstruation, gender, embodiment, healthcare practices and medical sociology.
Shuang Qiu
University of York
Research interests: Reshaping intimacy: Chinese couples in LAT (living apart together) relationships.
Dr Kaveri Qureshi
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Kaveri is the author of Chronic illness in a Pakistani labour diaspora (2019) and Marital breakdown among British Asians: conjugality, legal pluralism and new kinship (2016), and the co-editor of Parenthood between generations: transforming reproductive cultures (2016, with Sian Pooley) and Infant feeding: medicalization, the state and techniques of the body (2017, with Elizabeth Rahman). Most recently she has been working on intersectional inequalities in maternal and child health in Pakistan, examining how social locations differentiate women's reproductive and caring experiences.
Koreen Reece
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.
Tatiana Revilla Solis
Research interests: Gender equality, gender public policy, gender attitudes towards domestic violence, diversity and inclusion, sexual and reproductive health.
Jane Robertson
University of Stirling
Research interests: Ageing and older people; well-being and quality of life; programme/service evaluation; cancer care and dementia care.
Autumn Roesch-Marsh
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Young people's perspectives on risk and decision making.
Neneh Rowa-Dewar
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Public health research, smoking in the home and sociology and health inequalities.
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.
Zoi Simopoulou
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: children and young people, existentialism, psychoanalysis, creative methods, psychoanalytic methodologies, relational ontologies, writing as inquiry.
Mihirini Sirisena
Research interests: Personhood, emotions and the comparative understanding of well-being and the application of this knowledge into improving lives.
Valeria Skafida
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Social stratification of health behaviours and health inequalities; Sociology of health and illness and the sociology of food; Food Policy and public health; Domestic violence and children's experiences of violence; research using quantitative methods, longitudinal analysis of survey data.
Andrew Smith
University of Bradford
Research interests: sociology of work and employment, public sector employment change, the challenges and complexities of work-life 'balance', low-paid work, low-paid multiple employment
Marion Smith
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
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Kinship, origin issues, donor assisted conception, surrogacy, adoption and the anthropology of energy.
Francesca Stella
University of Glasgow
Research interests: Sexuality and intimacy, migration and social networks.
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.
Morena Tartari
University of Antwerp, Belgium
Research interests: Morena's specific and current research interests concern the ways in which child custody laws and social policies shape mothers' everyday life experiences and understandings of their rights and their claims. With attention to the intersections of gender, ethnicity and social class, she is interested in how social welfare policies, child custody laws, and the institutional discourses on them, frame the mothers' experience.
Morag Treanor
Heriot-Watt University
Research interests: Morag is Professor of Child and Family Inequalities and the deputy director of I-SPHERE. Morag's research uses longitudinal qualitative and quantitative methods (administrative and survey data) to explore the impacts of poverty and inequality on children's outcomes and transitions. Her research is also 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 in collaboration with the Child Poverty Action Group. (CPAG) She maintains strong links with the third sector and is a member of the Expert Advisory Group for CPAG. Morag is a Co-Investigator and Associate Director of the ESRC-funded Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR – formerly the Administrative Data Research Centre – Scotland). She is co-lead on a Strategic Impact Programme to link and analyse children's data, funded until 2021, working in collaboration with policy colleagues at the Scottish Government. Morag has recently been appointed as a Commissioner to the Poverty and Inequality Commission in Scotland.
Francesca Vaghi
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Building on her doctoral research, Francesca will continue investigating children's eating practices in institutional spaces, and experiences of food poverty within families. In particular, she is interested in exploring the contradictions that emerge at the intersection of public health and family policies and the everyday lived experiences of children and families.
Gill Viry
University of Edinburgh

Research interests bridge the intersection of spatial mobilities, social networks, family and intimate life. Using mainly social survey methods, social network analysis and sequence analysis, my work advances new ways of studying how physical distance and mobility behaviours, such as travelling, commuting, moving or using digital mobile technologies, relate to family relationships and family networks.

I am currently working on two large collaborative projects: (1) Spatial mobility skills, conjugal networks and conjugal quality (PI) on how individuals' spatial mobility skills and conjugal network overlap moderate the influence of residential mobility on couples; (2) Personal networks of young adults in Switzerland: Social capital, educational and work aspirations (Co-I) on the role of young people's personal relationships and personal networks (including their geography) on their educational and work aspirations. I am also involved in international research collaboration with various network scholars (Andreas Herz, Claire Bidart, Marion Maisonobe, Benjamin Bach) on advanced methods for analysing and mapping the geography of personal networks.

Karen Watchman
University of Stirling
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
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.
Lauren Wilks
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: paid domestic work, care, mobility, gender, work & labout, family & personal relationships, inequality, ethnography, qualitative research. Lauren's research project looks at the working and personal lives of (mostly women) workers who are engaged in daily commuting and domestic work in Kolkata, India.
Wendy Wills
University of Hertfordshire
Research interests: Social, economic and environmental determinants of diet, eating practices, food security, malnutrition, obesity, physical activity.
Jenny Wood
I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University
Jenny researches homelessness policy, severe and multiple disadvantage, interventions to assist people facing homelessness, inclusive urban planning, and children's human rights. Her methodological expertise lies in qualitative research, with emerging skills in interpretive policy analysis, systematic reviewing and meta-analysis. Trained as a town planner, she has a commitment to child-friendly urban planning and the concept of the Child Friendly City, and researches what this means for policy and practice. She co-founded Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, A Place in Childhood in 2018 which seeks to promote and conceive child friendly environments through practice-based research, advocacy and action.
Rachael Wood
University of Edinburgh
Research interests: Child public health.