Group members

We draw members from a diverse range of disciplines, including (but not limited to) Social Policy, Social Work, Law, Sociology and Politics, Social and Community Medicine, and Education.

Group lead

Dr Tim Fowler, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: Parental rights, and particularly whether parents have rights to send their children to religious schools; the ethics of intergenerational relations, including the rights of parents, children’s place in democracy and the obligations of current generations to future generations.

Group members

Prof Esther DermottSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: Families, parenting, fathers, intimacy, poverty, inequality and gender.
 
Dr Emma HitchingsUniversity of Bristol Law School
Research interests: Family law and, in particular, financial provision on divorce.
 
Prof Judith MassonUniversity of Bristol Law School
Research interests: Child law, particularly empirical studies on the intersection of law and social work in child protection, child care and adoption.
 
Dr Maud PerrierSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: Feminist theory and pedagogy, emotions and contemporary families, using psychosocial and arts based methodologies such as collective biography.
 
Dr Jo StainesSchool for Policy Studies
Research interests: Youth justice, including alternatives to custody; adolescent foster care; the interface between the criminal justice and care systems; the criminalisation of children and childhood; and restorative justice interventions.
 
Dr Jon SymondsSchool for Policy Studies
Research interests: Understanding and improving practice in professional encounters; the recruitment of fathers to parenting programmes; families, parenting and fatherhood, and practitioner engagement skills.
 
Dr Debbie WatsonSchool for Policy Studies
Research interests: Children's wellbeing and identities in diverse contexts and forms and the interactions between family wellbeing and childhood experiences- particularly for children growing up in impoverished and challenging contexts.
 
Dinithi WijedasaSchool for Policy Studies
Research interests: The care system and minority ethnic children; foster care and adoption services.
 
Dr Junko YamashitaSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: The intersection of social policy, sociology and gender studies, using comparative analysis of East Asian and European welfare states.
 
Gozde BurgerSchool for Policy Studies
Research interests:
 
Dr Jessica RoySchool for Policy Studies
Research interests: Children's rights; child safeguarding; child protection; social work with children and families; risk assessment and decision making; domestic violence and abuse; parental substance misuse; and the construction of childhood. 
 
Ebba VoboraSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interest: Parenthood (particularly fatherhood), families and gender.
 
 
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