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Dr Hayley Davies

Lecturer in the Sociology of Childhood

Contact Information
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 3027
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 3182



My research is in the sociology of childhood, family and personal life. I completed my ESRC-funded MA in Social Research and PhD at the University of Warwick in 2008. My PhD was a qualitative multi-method field study examining children’s (age 8-10 years) understandings of family and close relationships, in particular, the meaning children give to relationships and connectedness in contemporary society. My most recent research has examined the ways in which children address problems in their family and relational lives – who they confide in, and what strategies they perceive to be available to them in dealing with such problems. This research is the focus of my forthcoming book (2015) Understanding Children’s Personal Lives and Relationships (Studies in Family and Intimate Life series, Palgrave Macmillan).

The book examines children’s relationships with family, kin, friends, peers and teachers; it grapples with the tangible and intangible nature of relationships, and with children’s embodied, sensory and emotional experiences of being and feeling connected to others in their personal lives. As well as providing original and valuable insights into children’s perspectives on their own lives and relationships, it sheds light on the nature of personal lives and the workings of relationships in contemporary UK society in the context of broader social and cultural changes.


For further details please see my Research Staff Profile


Teaching and Supervision

I teach and supervise students on the following programmes:

I also contribute to the MPhil/PhD Education and Professional Studies research training programme.


PhD Supervision
  • Regine LeClerc The Impact of International Relocation on Parental Involvement in Their Children's Education.
  • Yiming Dong (China Institute) The educational problems of minority ethnic migrant children in China.
I welcome invitations from prospective PhD students interested in pursuing research in the sociology of childhood and children’s relationships.



  • Davies, H. (2015, forthcoming) Understanding Children’s Personal Lives and Relationships. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Davies, H. (2015) ‘Shared parenting or shared care?  Learning from children's experiences of a post-divorce shared care arrangement’, Children and Society, 29 (1): 1-14
  • Davies, H. (2013) ‘Children and family transitions: contact and togetherness’. Family Troubles? Exploring Changes and Challenges in the Family Lives of Children and Young People. Ribbens McCarthy, J., Hooper, C-A. & Gillies, V. (eds.). Polity Press: 187-195.
  • Davies, H. (2012). ‘Affinities, Seeing and Feeling Like-Family: Exploring why Children Value Face-to-Face Contact’, Childhood, 19 ( 1): 8 – 23.Davies, H. (2011). ‘Sharing Surnames: Children, Family and Kinship’, Sociology. 45 (4):554 – 569.
  • Davies, H. (2011) ‘Sharing Surnames: Children, Family and Kinship’, Sociology, 45 (4): 554 – 569.
  • Davies, H. (2008). ‘Reflexivity in Research Practice: Informed Consent with Children at School and at Home’, Sociological Research Online. 84:1.

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