Fiona Shirani

  • Research interests

    Since 2006 Fiona has been involved in research on fatherhood, including undertaking a PhD from 2008-2011 to explore how men negotiate the ‘right time’ for fatherhood and contextualise the trend towards delayed fatherhood.  Part of her PhD study explored the experiences of those who make an 'off time' transition to fatherhood (i.e. earlier or later in life than average), to consider what implications this has for their experience of fatherhood. This is the subject of some of her most recent publications.

    She also worked on the qualitative longitudinal “Men as Fathers” project, part of the UK-wide Timescapes network. This project explored the transition to fatherhood in both the immediate (over the first year) and longer term (8 years post-birth).  Fiona is currently working on a qualitative longitudinal research project called 'Energy Biographies'.

    Whilst not currently involved in delivering teaching, she has previously delivered sessions on fatherhood as part of a gender relations and society course, as well as teaching social research methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

    Impact work and current projects

    Fiona is currently working on a qualitative longitudinal research project called FLEXIS, as part of an interdisciplinary research network. This will take forward some of the work she was involved in for the ‘Energy Biographies’ project.

    She has also been involved in the following reports:

    Recent publications

    • Books
    • Journal articles
    • Book chapters


    Journal articles

    • Shirani, F. (2015), ‘I’m bringing back a dead art’: continuity and change in the lives of young fathers, Families, Relationships and Societies, Special Issue on Continuity and Change in Fatherhood, Volume 4, Number 2, pp. 253-266.
    • Shirani, F. (2013), The spectre of the wheezy dad: Masculinity, fatherhood and ageing, Sociology, Volume 47, Number 6, pp. 1104-1119.
    • Shirani, F. Henwood, K., Coltart, C. (2012), ‘Why aren’t you at work?’: Negotiating economic models of fathering identity, Fathering, Volume 10, Number 3, pp. 274-290.
    • Shirani, F. Henwood, K., Coltart, C. (2012), Meeting the challenges of intensive parenting culture: gender, risk management and the moral parent, Sociology, Volume 46, Number 1, pp. 25-40.

    Book chapters

    • Shirani, F. (2014), Taking a long view of the ‘right time’ for fatherhood, in M. Nash (ed.), Reframing Reproduction: Conceiving Gendered Experiences, Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Henwood, K., Shirani, F. (2012), Researching the Temporal, in H. Cooper (ed.), Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology, APA Publications.
    • Henwood, K., Shirani, F., Finn, M. (2011), “So you think we've moved, changed, the representation got more what?” Methodological and analytical reflections on visual (photo-elicitation) methods used in the Men as Fathers study, in P. Reavey (ed.), Visual Methods in Psychology: Using and interpreting images in qualitative research, pp. 330-345.
    • Henwood, K.L., Shirani, F., Kellet, J. (2011), On delayed fatherhood: the social and subjective logics at work in men’s lives (A UK study), in E. te Velde, G. Beets (eds.), The Future of Motherhood, Dordrecht : Springer.