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13:00 - 14:00 24 April 2018

TCRU Seminar Series: Towards a new research agenda for fathers’ involvement post-separation


TCRU Library | Thomas Coram Research Unit
27-28 Woburn Square | London | WC1H 0AA | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Dr. Tina Haux, University of Kent, Dr. Tina Haux is a lecturer in Quantitative Social Policy at SSPSSR and the director of the Q-step centre at Kent. Her main research interests are around family policy, welfare-to-work, social justice, evidence-based policy-making and, increasingly, longitudinal research methods. A particular focus of her work is on contact and parenting post-separation.

The involvement of fathers in both couple and separated families has been high on the agenda of policy-makers and researchers for some time now, yet, little dialogue takes between the two due to discussions taking place in separate departmental and academic spheres. The article reviews the existing literature on contact and shared care post-separation and identifies a number of gaps, such as what happens during contact periods. The argument put forward in the article is that closer collaboration between researchers and policy-makers in both fields would enhance our understanding, e.g. by applying the approaches and insights from the rich seam of literature on fathers’ involvement in couple families to separated families as well as by using changes in circumstances more effectively as a research tool (Dermott and Miller, 2015), and thus improve the policy provision for this group.


David Frost