Researchers from the Centre for Family Research are currently organising a Science Week event for children and parents: "What makes a family?" There will be lots for children to do as well as talks by researchers at the centre. More information about the event can be found here.
Professor Susan Golombok is speaking on 'The Changing Dynamics of the Family' on 27th February in New York at an event hosted by Cornerstone Capital Group, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Coda leadership and CBST.
The Centre's study of adoptive gay father families was rated 'Outstanding' by the ESRC.
Dr Nothando Ngwenya awarded first prize for the SBN poster at the 12th Annual BTOG Conference 2014. Poster: 'Sharing bad news understanding the communication processes of a lung cancer diagnosis'.
Sophie Zadeh has now been officially elected to a highly competitive Junior Research Fellowship at Corpus - very well deserved and very well done!!!
Dr Lucy Blake gave a presentation entitled 'We're just a normal family, like any other: Family Relationships and Child Development in Families created using ARTs' at the Nordic Fertility Society Conference in Haugesund, Norway.
Earlier this month, 10 members of the Centre travelled to Chile to participate in events relating to the changing family. We visited Fines Terre University where Susan Golombok gave a lecture on single-mother families; Universidad Diego Portales where Susan Golombok and Martin Richards gave lectures at a symposium on Bioethics, Assisted Reproduction and the Family, and Lucy Blake, Sophie Zadeh, John Appleby, Susan Imrie, Susanna Graham, Helen Statham, Tabitha Freeman and Vasanti Jadva gave presentations on their research as part of an International Workshop on Medically Assisted Reproduction and the Family; and the 3rd International Conference on Adoption where Susan Golombok spoke about the outcomes for children in new family forms. We are very grateful to our hosts for the stimulating exchange of ideas and for their generous hospitality. We shall have fond memories of this trip for a very long time.
Judith Ennew (1944-2013)
Judith Ennew died peacefully at her home in Malaysia on the 4th October 2013. Judith, a social anthropologist, was a senior research associate at the Centre over many years. As an activist and researcher she worked tirelessly for children's rights, specialising on issues concerning working children, street children and child sexual exploitation over several continents. She was a moving spirit for the Childwatch International Research Network of institutions that collaborate in research for the purpose of children's rights and improving children's well-being. In recent years she has lived and worked in Malaysia, heading Knowing Children, a project which aimed to improve information worldwide for designing policies and programmes for children.
Congratulations to Professor Claire Hughes for winning the 2013 British Psychological Society Book Prize - Academic Monograph:
‘Social Understanding and Social Lives: From Toddlerhood through to the Transition to School’.
British Psychological Society 2013 Book Awards
Dr Lucy Blake was interviewed for a radio documentary about families headed by gay and lesbian parents ('Don't Say Gay') which was broadcast on Cam FM.
Professor Martin Richards was appointed to chair a Working Party at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics on 'Collecting, linking, use and exploitation of biological and health data: ethical issues'. The Working Party aims to produce its report by late 2014. Professor Richards is also a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics for the duration of the Working Party.