On 6 June 2017, I presented at the Ulster University Belfast Campus, for an invited presentation about the MPLC study for the Ark Ageing Programme. The presentation was called ‘How older male kinship carers describe their care responsibilities and implications for ageing male identities’.

This seminar was co-hosted by Ulster University’s Institute for Research in the Social Sciences(IRiSS) as part of its ‘Pusing the Boundaries’ seminar series. To view the Powerpoint slides, click here. You can also view a video of the presentation here.

On 7th June 2017, I also gave a presentation at an event called ‘Exploring inequalities in caring: grandparents’ experiences of kinship care from multiple perspectives’ at Queens University Belfast. My presentation in unfortunately unavailable as a result of technical issues but the slides can be accessed here, as well a number of the other videos and presentations from what was a fascinating day.

Gemma Carney, who attended the event wrote an excellent and insightful blog post about the event that can be read here.


I am delighted to announce that Dr Mike Ward (Swansea University) and I have had a short article published in The Conversation. ‘The Myth of the Fatherless Society‘ draws on our previous and ongoing research (Beyond Male Role Models; grandfatherhood; and Men, Poverty and Lifetimes of Care) to critique the ‘crisis of fatherlessness’ narrative that has recently re-emerged again in the language used by policy makers to explain the problems facing young people, including boys in particular. We argue several things in the article:

  • That the focus of this narrative is over-simplistic in its focus on fathers and gender,
  • That fears about family breakdown are overblown,
  • That it has a tendency to stigmatise working-class men and families in particular,
  • Is based on lazy discourses like ‘feckless’ and ‘absence’, that do not take account of contexts of poverty and disadvantage,
  • Ignores modern family structures and forms, as well as fathering across households and within,
  • Focuses too simplistically on gender, while research demonstrates that role models don’t have to be men to support young people successfully.

Welcome to the new website for Men, Poverty and Lifetimes of Care, a Leverhulme Trust funded study funded between 2014-2018. The project is run by Dr Anna Tarrant who was recently appointed at lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leeds. Please look around the website to find out more about the study, to look at project outputs and to find out more about advances in qualitative longitudinal methodology.