Families and Parenting

We bring together expertise on families and relationships across the Faculty

The Families & Parenting research group exists to bring together expertise on families and relationships across the Faculty of Social Sciences & Law.

The central research questions considered by the group are those arising from the regulation of families and, in particular, the activities of parents.  Some sample questions addressed by the group and its members include:

  • How should policy and law conceptualise 'family’, and what kinds of family structures do current law and practice perpetuate or ignore?
  • What constitutes ‘good parenting’ and what might the state do to promote it?
  • How should the state, including social workers and the law, intervene in families to produce favourable social outcomes?
  • What kinds of regulations are most appropriate for the use of new technologies by people who wish to become parents?

This research programme draws heavily on existing strengths at the University of Bristol, in particular:

  • the Children and Families Research Centre
  • the Hadley Centre for Adoption
  • the Centre for Ethics in Medicine
  • Bristol members of the GW4 Network on Family Regulation and Society.

By bringing members of each of these groups together with other experts from across the Faculty of Social Sciences & Law, the Families & Parenting research group offers the University an important strategic advantage in a high profile area of policy discourse.

Looking to join us?

We welcome staff and postgraduate students from across the faculty. 

If you are interested in joining our group, then please email the group leader below with details of your relevant research interests:

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