Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance

The Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) is a University designated Centre of Research Excellence

Enduring Love? Findings, Dialogue, Future Directions

Tuesday, 14 January 2014, 12:30 - 18:00

The British Library, Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
Location: Auditorium
Directions: http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/quickinfo/loc/stp/index.html

This event is for you to hear the study's findings and critical debate about the scope and relevance of relationship research by leading contributors in the field.

The event is hosted by Dr Jacqui Gabb and Dr Janet Fink, Dept of Social Policy and Criminology, The Open University Jacqui.Gabb@open.ac.uk Janet.Fink@open.ac.uk

From the 7 year itch to the 3 year glitch. From grey divorce, Facebook affairs and cheating love rats to sumptuous celebrity weddings, childhood sweethearts and the power of love to conquer all adversities. Stories about couple relationships saturate the media. But does this reflect how people think about and experience their relationships? How do couples work through their ups and downs, pains and pleasures, hopes and fears?  What constitutes relationship success? What makes love endure?

Over the past two years the Enduring Love? project has been addressing these questions. The data from this large scale empirical study provides fresh insight on the lives, loves and lores of couples in contemporary Britain. Through an online survey and qualitative research we have been exploring how couples experience, understand and sustain their long-term relationships, with particular attention to the impact of gender, generation, sexuality and parenthood.

The project has been designed, developed and implemented in dialogue with policy makers, relationship support organisations, media commentators and academic colleagues. The aim of this event, therefore, is to launch the study findings and also to provoke wider discussion on making research count, why relationship research matters and dialogic research practice.

To hear the study’s findings and critical debate about the scope and relevance of relationship research by leading contributors in the field, you are warmly invited to join us at this end of project celebratory event.

The event is hosted by Dr Jacqui Gabb and Dr Janet Fink, Dept of Social Policy and Criminology, The Open University Jacqui.Gabb@open.ac.uk Janet.Fink@open.ac.uk

For more information and event registration see the Enduring Love? project website www.enduringlove.co.uk.

Schedule

12.30   Registration. Tea and coffee

1.00     Welcome and introductions
              Dr Jacqui Gabb, The Open University
              Dr Janet Fink, The Open University

1.10     Making Research Count
               Angela Neustatter, Author and Journalist (Event Chair)
               Professor Tim Blackman, PVC (Research, Scholarship and Quality), The Open University
               Professor John Holmwood, British Sociological Association President, University of
               Nottingham

1.40     Why Relationship Research Matters
               Susan Quilliam, Relationship Psychologist
               Ruth Sutherland, Relate CEO
               Professor Carol Smart, University of Manchester

2.20     Quick Questions, points of clarification

2.30     Enduring Love? The Study and Key Findings
               Dr Jacqui Gabb, The Open University
               Dr Janet Fink, The Open University

3.30     Discussant Panel
               Professor Lynn Jamieson, University of Edinburgh
               Penny Mansfield (CBE), Director, One Plus One
               Naomi Eisenstadt (CB), University of Oxford, Former Director of the Social Exclusion Taskforce,
               Cabinet Office

4.00     Questions and Discussion

5.00     Closing Remarks: Dialogue and Future Directions
               Dr Janet Fink, The Open University
               Dr Jacqui Gabb, The Open University

5.15     Celebratory drinks & canapés

6.00     Close

Registration

The event is now full, if you would like to be added to a waiting please e-mail socsci-ccig-events@open.ac.uk

AttachmentSize
Enduring Love Programme268.32 KB
Learn more about the research programme: Families, Relationships and Communities