Department of Sociology

The blog of the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey

What happens when fathers share care for young children (and how society can help them)

By Paul Hodkinson and Rachel Brooks The UK government’s campaign to encourage Shared Parental Leave take-up has prompted extensive discussion of why fathers seldom share care for young children (at least) equally with their partners. Debate has continued in relation to recommendations from UK parliament’s Women and Inequalities Committee for a 12 week ring-fenced period […]


Carillion may have collapsed, but public-private partnerships can be so much more

by Pete Barbrook-Johnson Last month, Carillion, one of the largest companies in the UK which regularly entered into contracts with government to deliver public infrastructure and services, went into liquidation. Since then, public-private partnerships (PPP), and their pantomime villain superstars – private finance initiatives (PFI) – have received an unprecedented level of criticism. The Guardian […]


Fathers in the spotlight. Why this matters, and why we are looking at new fathers’ mental health

By Ranjana Das and Paul Hodkinson The last week has seen the launch of an important new policy document by the Fatherhood Institute that highlights the importance of counting different sorts of fathers in household data, including those living apart from mothers. While the full findings of the report are available to the public, and […]


Prosperity Is…?

by SUE VENN, KATE BURNINGHAM, KATT SKIPPON and TIM JACKSON What can prosperity possibly mean in a world of environmental and social limits? This question lies at the heart of CUSP’s five year research programme on sustainable prosperity. We wanted to know how ordinary people in different contexts might answer this question, so we set out to ask […]


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