Staff Profiles

Lynn Jamieson

Lynn Jamieson
Professor Lynn Jamieson (on sabbatical 2011/2012)
Sociology of Families and Relationships
SociologySchool of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of Edinburgh
5.04 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
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Research Interests
Families, personal life, Memory, identity, european identity, Social change, oral history, Globalizationsation and personal life, gender, Environment, intimacy, Transgender, transnational families, care chains, friendship, Cosmopolitanism

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  • MA Hons (University of Edinburgh)
  • PhD (Edinburgh)

Main Research Interests

Intimacy; globalisation and personal life; personal life, the environment and sustainable life-styles; families, households, inter-generational relationships; personal relationships across the life-course;  identity; European identity; social change; methods of social research; Scottish oral history; sexuality; sexual offences and gender violence.

Much of my research is done with CRFR (Centre for Research on Families and Relationships) :

Biographical statement

I supervise students across a wide range of topics conducting research with both qualitative and quantitative methods in areas that overlap with or borders on my interest and work.

My current research on families and relationships under the umbrella of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) includes a study of people living alone at ages more conventionally associated with living with a partner and/or children with Fran Wasoff and Roona Simpson. Through CRFR, I am also involved in the Timescapes study, the new Centre for Population change, a collaborative studies of fertility and in the longitudinal study Growing up in Scotland. I've recently completed a study of children's experience of family change with Gill Highet and a literature review on young people's migration from rural areas. My portfolio of research also includes work on European Identity, research on the effectiveness of legislation governing the use of evidence in Scottish sexual offences trials with Michele Burman of the University of Glagow and a number of pieces of oral history. I am best know for my writing on intimacy, particularly the book Intimacy: Personal Relationships in Modern Societies (1998: Cambridge & Malden, MA: Polity Press). 

Recent Publications

'Children and young people’s relationships, relational processes and social change: reading' across worlds’ Children’s Geographies 2012, 10, 3, 265–278, Jamieson and Milne.

‘Intimacy as a Concept: explaining social change in the context of globalisation or another form of ethnocentricism?’ 2011 Sociological Research Online

Researching Families and Relationships: Reflections on Process 2011 London, Palgrave, Jamieson L, Lewis R, Simpson R (eds)

 ‘Fertility and Social Change: the Neglected Contribution of Men’s Approaches to Becoming Partners and Parents’ Sociological Review 58, 3, 463-485 2010 Jamieson L., Backett Milburn, K. Simpson, R and Wasoff F.

'Changing Intimacy in the Twentieth Century: Seeking and Forming Couple Relationship’ in Abrams L. and Brown C. (eds) A History of Everyday Life in Twentieth Century Scotland, 2010 Edinburgh University Press, 76-102

'Solo-Living, Demographic and Family Change: The Need to Know More About Men’, Jamieson, L., Wasoff F. and Simpson, R. Sociological Research Online 2009, Volume 14, (2/3).

Obligatory friends, surrogate kin: some questions for mentoring’ Youth and Policy 2008. 99. 55-66.

“European Identities: From absent-minded citizens to passionate Europeans” Grundy S. and Jamieson L. Sociology, 2007 Volume 41(4): 663–680.

Impact of Aspects of the Law of Evidence in Sexual Offence Trials: An Evaluation Study Michele Burman, Lynn Jamieson, Jan Nicholson and Oona Brooks, September, 2007

Endnote Database

Topics interested in supervising

Globalisation and social change in personal life and/or in doing gender. This could include transnational families, families and migration, care chains, international adoption, sex tourism, mail order brides, prostitution etc. Any aspect of personal life, intimacy, gender and generational relationships, friendships, family, sexual relationships, sexuality and/or social change. Trying to develop new work on 'greening of families' and interested in superising anything to do with personal relationships and practices consequential for climate change or sustainabillity, environmental issues and orientations to the natural world. Have also done socio-legal work on rape and can supervise on gender violence. I have also have a more general interest in identity and have done work on European identity and try to keep an eye on debates about global citizenship & cosmopolitianism and would be happy to supervise in this area but perhaps as a second supervisor.

If you are interested in being supervised by Lynn Jamieson, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Sociology