Centre for Research on Families, Life Course and Generations (FLaG)

Families, Life Course and Generations Research (FLaG) Centre
Sociology and Social Policy
University of Leeds
Leeds, LS2 9JT

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 4432
email: s.irwin@leeds.ac.uk

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We run a range of different events including research seminars, workshops and research methods training. Please visit the events pages for further information.

  • Qualitative Longitudinal Research – an advanced workshop

    Date: 8 June 2015
    Location: Beech Grove House, University of Leeds

    Qualitative longitudinal research presents particular complexities and challenges relating to its design, to managing fieldwork and associated ethics, and to effective data analysis. This workshop explores some of these challenges and offers conceptually informed practical strategies for addressing issues arising throughout QL research from inception to analysis and explanation.

  • Researching relationships across generations and through time

    Date: 9th June 2015
    Location: Great Woodhouse Suite, University of Leeds

    This one day conference will be a tribute to Professor Bren Neale at the point of her retirement, and a celebration of her contributions to research, policy and practice relating to childhood, life course studies, family and welfare, qualitative longitudinal research, and data archiving and re-use.

New MA in Childhood Studies

We are pleased to announce a new MA in Childhood Studies, being parented by the School of Education, with input from Sociology and Social Policy.

Parenting, well being and inequalities network

FLaG is bringing together a network of researchers with shared interests in the area ‘parenting, well-being and inequalities’. We are members of different departments and faculties, and keen to develop new collaborations, building on commonalities and differences across our diverse disciplinary perspectives, at Leeds University. We are running a series of 4 internal workshops through the winter and spring of 2015, with a focus on:

  1. The historical and cultural making of contemporary parenting and parent-child relationships;
  2. Maternal and infant health and well being;
  3. Young parenting, especially fatherhood / caring practices and social exclusions, and intersections with policy;
  4. The intersection of parenting and welfare, social work and legal services.

Please get in touch with Sarah Irwin (s.irwin@leeds.ac.uk) if you would like further information.


Members of FLaG undertake research which is conceptually and methodologically innovative, and aimed at enhancing knowledge and making a positive impact on the lives of children, young adults, parents and other groups involved in our research.

We have an international reputation, extensive publications and colleagues run a wide range of research projects. We work with partners across the higher education, policy and voluntary sectors. Please visit the research pages for information on some of our current projects.

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