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School of Business and Management

Family Life in Britain in the 21st Century: Changes and Opportunities

15 May 2014

Time: 12:30pm
Venue: Reading Room, British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1 5AH

You are invited to participate in the policy conference "Family Life in Britain in the 21st Century: Changes and Opportunities" on Thursday 15th May at the British Academy. The aim of this conference is to present results from a set of ESRC-funded projects on family issues and to bring together UK researchers, policy makers, and NGOs to discuss the implications of the findings, changes in the nature and identity of UK families, and the opportunities and challenges for policy and employers.

At the event Dr Svetlana Speight from the National Centre for Social Research, Professor Margaret O'Brien from the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education and Dr Eloise Poole from the National Centre for Social Research will be presenting latest findings on father involvement in family life. Dr. Susan Harkness from the University of Bath will be presenting work on the changing nature of lone parenthood and its consequences for children, and Dr. Almudena Sevilla from Queen Mary University will be presenting work on trends in parental time with children in the UK over the last five decades.

The event is free but numbers will be limited to ensure time for discussion and exchange of ideas. Join us for a networking lunch form 12.30. Presentations begin at 1.30.

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ONS perspective on 'Family Life in Britain in the 21st Century'
Dr Veronique Siegler, Office for National Statistics, Measuring Well-being

Father involvement in family life: The many faces of 21st century British fathers
Margaret O'Brien, Institute of Education
Eloise Poole, NatCen Social Research

Parental Time in the UK: The Role of Parental Education
Cristina Borra, Department of Economics, University of Seville
Almudena Sevilla, School for Business and Management

The Baroness Thornton, Shadow Spokesperson Equalities and Women's Issues

The Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Chair of ll-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics

Alison Garnham, CEO Child Poverty Action Group

Prof Jonathan Gershuny, Jonathan Gershuny, Professor of Economic Sociology, Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Alison Holt, Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC

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For more information on the project visit:
Parental Advisory team investments in children across countries and over time: what are the implications for inequality 

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