School of Social and Political Science

Dora Jandric, AFHEA

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PhD title: Imagined Futures of Same-sex Couples

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Thesis overview

This research explores how older same-sex couples in Scotland imagine their future. The main research questions this research will address are:

  1. How do older same-sex couples imagine their future?

In order to do so, the research asks three sub-questions that further refine the focus:

  1. What is the connection between the past, present, and future in the couples’ imaginations of the future?
  2. How do relational themes feature in the couples’ narratives and what is their role in imaging the future?
  3. How do themes of time, age, generation, belonging and sexuality appear and intersect?

The research takes a qualitative approach, using two semi-structured interviews with both partners and a short written diary to gain a fuller picture of how their futures are represented and imagined. The research participants are same-sex couples older than 55, living in Scotland. The theoretical framework focuses on the concept of imagined futures by Barbara Adam and Chris Groves, and includes aspects of queer time, successful ageing and the lifecourse. The way in which same-sex couples imagine their future will enable a deeper reading of literature on heterosexual older age with a better recognition and a more nuanced understanding of the intersection of age, gender and sexuality. It will also provide a deeper understanding on how individuals and couples deal with the temporal and imagined aspects of their lives.


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  • MA British Literature, University of Zagreb
  • MA Portuguese Language and Literature, University of Zagreb
  • BA English Language and Literature, University of Zagreb
  • BA Portuguese Language and Literature, University of Zagreb


Jandric, D. (2018). Book Review: Torbjörn Bildtgård and Peter Öberg (2017). Intimacy and Ageing: New Relationships in Later Life. Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 212 pp. ISBN 978 1 4473 2649 6 (hardback). International Journal of Ageing and Later Life.

Tadic, D. (2017). Book Review: Virpi Timonen (2016). Beyond Successful and Active Ageing: A Theory of Model Ageing. Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 119 pp. ISBN 978 1 4473 30172 (hardback). International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, Advance Access.

Tadic, D. (2016). Book Review: Ulla Kriebernegg, Roberta Maierhofer, Barabara Ratzenbröck (eds.) (2014). Alive and Kicking at All Ages: Cultural Constructions of Health and Life Course Identity. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag, 324 pp. ISBN: 978 3 8376 2582 0 (paperback). International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, 10(2), 99-101

Additional education

  • Edinburgh Teaching Award level 1: Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
    • Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
  • COST Action IS1409 Training School, Venice, Italy (2018)
    • Gender and Health Impacts of Policies Extending Working Life in Western Countries
    • Thematic areas: life-course research, concepts and measurements of subjective wellbeing, occupational history calendars, qualitative approaches to extending working lives
  • COST Action IS1402 Training School, Norrköping, Sweden (2017)
    • Theory and Methods in Research on Ageism and Age-discrimination
    • Thematic areas: Defining the concept: Theories of ageism and age discrimination; Research approaches on ageism and age discrimination; Tools for targeting ageism and age discrimination
  • COST Action IS1409 Training School, Lausanne, Switzerland (2016)
    • Gender and health impacts of policies extending working life in western countries: The state of the Art
    • Thematic areas: Doing and writing up a systematic review, by Almuth McDowall; Social gerontology approaches to extended working life, by Chris Phillipson; Ageing/gender inequalities, by Sarah Vickerstaff
  • Graz International Summer School Seggau (2013), University of Graz, Graz (Austria)
    • Seminar module: Cultural Narratives of Longevity. Alive and Kicking at All Ages? Cultural Construction of Age and Identity in North American Fiction held by Assistant Professor Ulla Kriebernegg, Mag Dr Phil, University of Graz The Making and Unmaking of Ageing Identities held by Professor Stephen Katz, Phd, Trent Univeristy, Canada.
  • Scottish Universities' International Summer School (2010), University of Eniburgh, Edinburgh, (United Kingdom).
    • Scottish literature from 1900 to the present; Contemporary British literature.


  • Ninth Interdisciplinary Conference: Aging & Social Change 2019, in Vienna, Austria: "Political Involvement of Older Same-Sex Couples in Scotland"; presentation of paper in a themed session
  • 50 Years After Stonewall Conference 2019, in Edinburgh, United Kingdom: “That’s really why I got married I guess”: Heteronormativity and Openness about Same-Sex Coupledom
  • 14th ESA Conference 2019, in Manchester, United Kingdom: "Heteronormativity and Openness about Same-Sex Coupledom"
  • 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association: (Un)Making Europe: Capitalims, Solidarities, Subjectivities (2017), Athens, Greece: "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst" – Same-sex Couples’ Imagined Futures
  • AgingGraz: Cultural Narratives, Processes & Strategies in Representations of Age and Aging (2017), University of Graz, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria: "I think in many respects we’re just like another couple who are heterosexual" - Imagined futures of same-sex couples
  • Aging and Society: Sixth Interdisciplinary Conference, Aging, Life-course, and Social Change (2016), Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden: Imagined Futures of Same-sex Couples
  • New Directions (2016), Sociology Department, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland: The Theoretical framework of 'Imagined Futures of Same-sex Couples'
  • Interdisciplinary Colloquium Dracula and the Gothic in Literature, Pop Culture and the Arts (2012), University of Minho, Braga, Portugal: Realizations of the Wilderness Gothic in Charles Brockden Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Harriet Prescott Spofford

Work experience

  • Research Assistant on the project Lived Experiences of Bisexual Employees’ Exclusion in UK Workplaces at the University of Edinburgh Business School
  • Senior tutor on Sociology 1a and Sociology 1b at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Undergraduate tutor on Sociology 1a and Sociology 1b at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • English teacher at Trilibris d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia. Postion included: lecturing, exam and essay marking, exam preparations, oral examinations and supervision

Research interests

Research interests

Ageing, Gender, Sexuality, Qualitative Research Methods, imagined futures, Queer Theory, successful ageing, lifecourse, time and temporality

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