Julia Brannen


Julia Brannen

Principal Investigator of Families and Food, Parenting Identities and Practices

Professor Julia Brannen is the Co-investigator and Principal Investigator of Families and Food, Parenting Identities and Practices project. She is Professor of Sociology of the Family in the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education. Her research over 30 years has focused on families, children and young people, the relation between paid work and family life and intergenerational relations. Most recently she has directed an ESRC study 'Fatherhood over the generation in Irish, Polish and white British families', and is a Co-Investigator on two linked studies funded by ESRC and DH on food practices in working families with young children. Both of these projects links to themes to be pursued in Novella; data from the Fathers study will be subjected to secondary analysis in one of the Novella projects while the focus on food (in times of austerity) relates to another Novella study.

Julia has a particular interest and expertise in methodology including mixed methods, biographical research, and international comparative methods. Recent books include Working and Caring over the Twentieth Century (Palgave 2004); Coming to Care: The work and family lives of workers caring for vulnerable children (Policy 2007); The Handbook of Social Research (Sage 2008); Work, Families and Organisations in Transition: European Perspectives (Policy Press 2009); European working parents; a life course perspective contextual perspective (2012).

Julia was co-founder and co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology, an Associate editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

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