Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brookes Professor invited to join MP's expert panel on fatherhood

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Following the recent publication of her book 'Making Sense of Fatherhood: Gender, Caring and Work', Dr Tina Miller, Professor of Sociology at Oxford Brookes University, has been invited to join an expert panel being convened by MP David Lammy’s office to review New Labour’s policy on fatherhood. In addition, Tina’s longitudinal research on men’s experiences of transition to first-time fatherhood has led to her being appointed as an advisor on a project being conducted by the Fatherhood Institute. This project focuses on supporting couples as parents and is being run in association with other organisations including the Department of Education. Dr Miller’s research on transition to first-time fatherhood follows an earlier longitudinal study she carried out on transition to first-time motherhood. She is currently in the process of applying for British Academy funding in order to return to her original samples so that later episodes of their parenting experiences can be collected. This follows a successful British Academy award which enabled collaborative research to be undertaken with colleagues at the Catholic University in Milan. This study explored cultural constructions of masculinities and fatherhood, and culminated with a dissemination event held at Oxford Brookes in September 2011.