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Projects in 2015

Internet Infidelity

A blogosphere globe of keyboard keys

The increasingly ubiquitous use of the internet and social media is having a transformative effect on how we are ‘do’ relationships which is creating new opportunities and new challenges. One such challenge is how couples negotiate and manage couple boundaries around these technologies. This work stream with Dr. Andreas Vossler (Psychology, Open University) and Dr Naomi Moller (Psychology, Open University) builds on prior published research on infidelity and couple counselling with infidelity.

Neurodiverse Childhoods

Brain traced by neon tubes

Investigators: Lindsay O’Dell (Lecturer, OU Faculty of Health & Social Care) with Charlotte Brownlow, (University of Western Queensland, Australia) and Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, (Umea University, Sweden)

Enduring Love? Couple relationships in the 21st century

Investigators: Jacqui Gabb (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Janet Fink (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciencces), Jane McCarthy (Reader, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Martina Klett-Davies (Research Associate, OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

Placing Ourselves - investigating categories of belonging and integration

Placing Ourselves

Despite decades of policy-research dialogue integration within the context of migration-mobility remains a contested concept. This project aims to challenge existing binaries in migration, multiculturalism and integration research by conducting research into the dialogical relations between place and practices of belonging and integration.

Family Troubles?

Child on Swing

How far are difficult or painful events a general feature of family lives, how do troubled families normalise their lives, and when do ‘changes’ and ‘troubles’ become ‘harm’? And how do ‘family’ discourses and practices re/create such divisions and perspectives?

Narratives of ADHD: women’s narrative accounts of living with ADHD

The Narratives of ADHD project is funded by a British Academy / Leverhulme Small Grant award. It is a one-year project that began in April 2015. It is lead by Lindsey O’Dell from the Faculty of Health and Social Care (OU), with Paul Stenner (CCIG, and School of Psychology, OU) and Mary Horton-Salway (formerly Psychology, OU) as co-applicants and Alison Davies as the lead researcher.

Insuring healthcare in a digital world

Liz McFall (PI, (PI, co-Director of the Digital Citizen programme) with Shaun French, Zsuzsanna Vargha, James Kneale (CIs) have been awarded a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities & Social Sciences entitled “Insuring healthcare in a digital world.”

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Rewriting the rules: expanding understandings of love, sex and relationships

Rewriting the rules: Book

Investigator: Meg-John Barker (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

This project examines dominant understandings of romantic relationships, and explores ways in which the 'rules' of such relationships are being rewritten in various ways.

Fragile Fathering: negotiating intimacy and risk in parenting practice

Investigators:  Brid Featherstone (Professor, OU Faculty of Health & Social Care), Jacqui Gabb (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Esther Dermott (University of Bristol)

Through case study and comparative analysis of data from two sets of fathers we will interrogate: how these fathers understand risks in relation to intimacy, sexuality and the body; the significance of popular media debates in shaping father-child interactions; the differential impact of social policies and legislation on paternal practices in particular contexts.

Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration

Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration: A comparative analysis of SADC and UNASUR health policies (PRARI) is a social development research project that looks at world-regional social governance, politics, and policy. PRARI brings together an international team of researchers studying the scope for enhancing the effectiveness of the contributions of Southern regional organisations to poverty reduction. PRARI started in March 2014 and runs to the end of 2015.

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