School of Social and Political Science



Examining the sociology of emotions, families and relationships, migration and care

Our diverse work in this area encompasses the sociology of emotions, families and relationships, migration, and care. We play a leading role in the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, which has an established track record of engagement with government and the third sector.

Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

One example is Brownlie’s 'liveable lives' research into everyday acts of kindness, which has led to events linking academics with policy makers and has informed public policy creating an infrastructure of kindness in Scotland.

In projects on 'Futures and Family' and on 'Fertility', Jamieson has been speaking with Italian, Spanish and UK men and women age 30-35 with no or one child about their present and future family lives.

Working with Beirut-based humanitarian organisations, Liliana Riga (with Mary Holmes and a team of young researchers) completed a British Academy funded project on the everyday lives and personal relationships of young refugees in displacement the city. The book is to be published by Routledge.

Viry was co-investigator on a team exploring the 'Personal Networks of Young Adults in Switzerland'.

Research staff
Relevant publications

Some of our key publications are listed below. For more detailed lists please visit our personal pages on People.

Julie Brownlie, 2014. Ordinary Relationships. A Sociological Study of Emotions, Reflexivity and Culture, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Graham Crow (with Maggie Laidlaw), 2019. Norbert Elias’s extended theory of community: From established/outsider relations to the gendered we–I balance. The Sociological Review, 67(3), pp.568-584.

Alice Dias Lopes, 2020. International mobility and education inequality among Brazilian undergraduate students. Higher Education, pp.1-18.

Mary Holmes, 2014. Distance Relationships: Intimacy and Emotions Amongst Academics and their Partners in Dual-Locations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lynn Jamieson (with Eloi Ribe and Pamela Warner), 2018. Outdated assumptions about maternal grandmothers? Gender and lineage in grandparent–grandchild relationships. Contemporary Social Science, 13(2), pp.261-274.

Alex Janus (with Pamela Doty), 2018. Trends in Informal Care for Disabled Older Americans, 1982–2012. The Gerontologist, 58(5), pp.863-871.

Linda McKie (with Marjut Jyrkinen), 2017. MyManagement: women managers in gendered and sexualised workplaces. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 32(2).

Gil Viry (with Heiko Rüger), 2017. Work-related Travel over the Life Course and Its Link to Fertility: A Comparison between Four European Countries. European Sociological Review, 33(5), pp.645-660.

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