Centre for Research on Families and Relationships National Conference

Published: 4 September 2008

Understanding Families and Relationships over Time

Thursday 30th October 2008 at Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

This one day conference will provide an opportunity to consider research that takes a qualitative, longitudinal approach to researching families and relationships. By studying families and relationships over time, we can better understand change, continuity, transitions and stages. There are many developments in qualitative approaches to longitudinal research currently taking place and this conference provides an opportunity to hear about these and to consider the uses of this approach to research in policy making. This event is being held in collaboration with the ESRC Timescapes Project, which is exploring the ways in which personal and family relationships unfold over time and over the life course, and how those relationships shape who we are.

The focus is on relationships with significant others: parents, grandparents, siblings, children, partners, friends and lovers.


  • Professor Bren Neale Director of the Timescapes, ESRC Qualitative Longitudinal study and archive and Professor of Life Course and Family Research at the University of Leeds
  • Professor Jane Millar, OBE, AcSS, FRSA (University of Bath) Director of Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy at the University of Bath and Professor of Social Policy at Bath

Who should attend?

Policy makers, researchers, voluntary sector organisations working with issues relating to families and relationships and those working with families

The conference fee is £100 per delegate

For further information and to book a place visit the CRFR website

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