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The Enduring Love? project is a mixed methods study on long-term adult couple relationships. The findings will add an important dimension to understandings of personal and family lives in contemporary society.

Increasing knowledge on how long-term relationships work and the emotional and practical relationship work that goes into sustaining them, will facilitate more effective points of intervention, informing the improvement of policy making, governance and support services, and relationship education.

 

 

 

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  • Art of relationships

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    We would like to invite you to attend the premiere of a film by the artist Steve Geliot. Inspired by cutting-edge research on ‘enduring love’ conducted at the Open University, Steve has created a film that explores the nature of intimacy. It presents cameos of everyday lives and loves, and is designed to provoke the audience to think about their own relationships. This premiere will be accompanied by live music from the singer David McAlmont with accompaniment from Guy Davies.


  • Enduring Love? Findings, Dialogue, Future Directions

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    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.


  • Couples living apart together

    About 10% of adults in Britain today are in a relationship but not living with their partner. On 26 May 2013, Jacqui Gabb was invited to respond to findings of an ESRC-funded research project on the phenomenon of "living apart together" (LAT).