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.

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.


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. Other current research activities and networks are described here on the home page.

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.

Students and Higher Education: Student Day- and Night-Time Cultures

FLaG in partnership with CIGS and Care-Connect are presently developing an interdisciplinary group of researchers and community professionals interested in Higher Education student campus cultures. In collaboration with academics from the School of Politics and International Studies; Performance and Cultural Studies; and, Healthcare, as well as West Yorkshire Police, we are keen to develop alliances with others interested in: students’ experiences of academia, university social life and networks; students’ use of space, place and belonging on campus; and, students’ health, safety and welfare. We are holding two events in 2015 which focus on students night-time cultures.

Please contact Dr. Sharon Elley if you would like further information at: s.t.elley@leeds.ac.uk

Youth and Widening Participation: Building a Connected Community

FLaG and Educational Engagement are currently bringing together researchers, professionals and academics interested in developing a network and forum for communicating, sharing and exchanging excellent research, policy and professional practice about youth, young people and widening participation. Supported by the Care-Connect ‘Knowledge Exchange Scheme’, we are holding events in 2015 to explore the shifting widening participation landscape and youth issues with a focus on: 1) bridging the academic-practitioner gap both within and beyond the University of Leeds; 2) meeting the new demands for robust accounting, measuring quality and evaluation of research, activities and services; and, 3) charting the student ‘life-cycle’, supporting student access, transitions, and retention; as well as student ‘successes’.

Please contact Dr. Sharon Elley if you would like further information at: s.t.elley@leeds.ac.uk or Liz Hurley at: e.hurley@adm.leeds.ac.uk

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