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Lynn Jamieson

Lynn Jamieson
Professor Lynn Jamieson
Sociology of Families and Relationships
5.04 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
++44 (0)131 650 4002
Research Interests
Families, personal life, european identity, Social change, oral history, Globalizationsation and personal life, gender, Environment, intimacy, Transgender, transnational families, care chains, friendship, Cosmopolitanism, Memory, identity, gender based violence

Office Hours

Tuesday 3-5


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

Main Research Interests

Intimacy; historical and cultural shifts in practices of intimacy; globalisation and personal life; relationships, the environment and sustainable life-styles; families, households, inter-generational relationships; personal life across the life-course;  identity issues; European identity; social change; methods of social research; Scottish oral history; sexuality; sexual offences and gender violence; relationships and 'othering'.

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

Biographical statement

Supervise PhD students across a wide range of topics conducting research with both qualitative and quantitative methods in areas that overlap with my interest. One of the founding co-directors of CRFR. An associate editor of Families, Relationships and Societies and co-editor of the Palgrave series on Families and Intimate Life.

Recent study of living alone (with Simpson and Wasoff) is now published by Palgrave Living Alone: Globalization Identity and Belonging 2013. Currently working with a project encouraging people to grow and eat local food  as part of a more general interest in families, relationships and sustainability and enviromental issues. Starting a new project with Ros Edwards,Southampton, on methodologies 'scaling up' across studies and over time, using  Timescapes data -a small aspect of the University of Edinburgh's part in the National Centre for Research Methods. An associate of the Centre for Population Change. Ongoing work interest in Growing up in Scotland, for example, analysing data on grandparenting with Warner and Bradshaw. My portfolio of research  includes work on children's experience of family change, on aspects of identity including European Identity, young Muslim's experiences of racism and religious intolerance in Scotland, gender violence including the effectiveness of legislation governing the use of evidence in Scottish sexual offences trials with Burman, Scottish 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). A second edition 2015. 

Recent Publications

Living Alone: Globalization, Identity and Belonging (2013, Jamieson and Simpson, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) 305 pages

'Personal Relationships, Intimacy and the Self in a Mediated and Global Digital Age' (2013) in Orton-Johnson, K. and Prior, N. (eds.) Digital Sociology: Critical Perspectives Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 13-28.

Jamieson, L. & Highet, G. (2013) ‘Troubling Loss? Children’s Experiences of Major Disruptions in Family Life’. In J. Ribbens McCarthy, C.-A. Hooper & V. Gillies (Eds.), Family Troubles?  Exploring Changes and Challenges in the Lives of Children and Young People. (pp. 137-152): Policy Press.

'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

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