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Welcome to the website of the NOVELLA research project
NOVELLA conducts research concerned with the everyday practices of families. These are frequently taken for granted, but people's habits and their relation to society are often negotiated within families. Novella's research considers what people do and what they say they do, as this can tell us about their identities, values and possible future actions.
NOVELLA is funded by the ESRC, National Centre for Research Methods. It is a collaboration between the Institute of Education, the Centre for Narrative Research at the University of East London and the Young Lives research programme at Oxford University. NOVELLA is also in association with the University of Sussex.
News10th December 2013 Entanglements of matter and meaning: how Sudanese forced migrants and Cairo make each other
This event is presented by Steve Thorpe from University of East London. Research into urban forced migration phenomena has tended to focus on a limited range of 'refugee issues' such as livelihood strategies, access to resources and legal and psychosocial issues, with the aim of affecting policy. In Steve's paper, he explores some of the questions and implications of a research strategy that takes the intra-actions between marginalised groups and the environments in which they live seriously.
14th January 2014 Religion and clinical psychology: same but different? A narrative account
This event is presented by Tim Mason from University of East London.
4th February 2014 Using narratives in Kiswahili and English to explore the experiences of reintegration of formerly street-connected children in Kenya
This event is presented by Su Corcoran from Manchester University.
This is a one day conference at St Catherine's College Oxford to discuss NOVELLA's methods and showcase the findings and their implications for family identities, practices and policies on environment, food, parenting, food blogs and qualitative 'paradata'. The keynote address will be given by the leading international scholar on narrative analysis, Professor Cathy Riessman. There will be opportunities for both methodological and substantive discussion.
Full list of our events
Parenting identities and practices by Heather Elliott, Julia Brannen and Ann Phoenix
Family lives and the environment: Narratives across countries by Janet Boddy