Advisory board

Professor Bren NealebrenBren Neale is Professor of Life Course and Family Research in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.  She specialises in research on the dynamics of family life and intergenerational relationships and has published widely in this field.  As Director of ESRC Timescapes  Bren has supported the development of Qualitative Longitudinal (QL) Research across academia and in Government and NGO settings.

Dr Lucy Robinson

Dr Lucy Robinson is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Sussex. Her research so far has covered the history of sexuality, identity politics and the Left throughout the twentieth century. Lucy also works on the history of youth and youth culture (particularly counter-culture) as well as on popular culture, the theatre and literature. Specific research areas are: Homosexual law reform, Gay Liberation, activism and terrorism, the ‘Loony Left’, Punk, Anti-Nazism and Rock against Racism, Paedophile organisations and the campaigns around AIDS.  She has worked on the relationship between popular culture and politics in 1980s Britain and contemporary protest.

More recently, Lucy has been exploring a number of ways in which historians can connect with outside communities particularly through popular cultural representation.  For example,  she has worked on the Jisc funded digitisation project Observing the Eighties, which involved the digitisation of Mass Observation scripts from the 1980s,

Lucy has also been working with Falklands veteran writers and artists in  a research project that brings together Life History, History and Neuroscience in a project called Translate Trauma.

Professor Julia Brannen

Julia Brannen is Professor of Sociology of the Family, Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, London, and an academician of the Academy of Social Science.  She has an international and national reputations for research on the family lives of parents, children and young people and work-family issues in Britain and Europe, intergenerational relationships and food in families . She has a particular interest in methodology including mixed-methods, biographical approaches and comparative research.  Recent books include: The Handbook of Social Research Methods (Sage 2010); Work, Family and Organisations in Transition: A European Perspective (Policy 2009), Transitions to Parenthood in Europe: A comparative life course perspective (Policy 2012); Fathers and Sons: Generations, Families and Migration (Palgrave 2015).





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