Dr Hayley Davies
Lecturer in the Sociology of Childhood
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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.
I am currently involved in researching and writing a book (January 2012- August 2014): Understanding children’s personal lives and family 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
I am an executive member of the British Sociological Association’s Childhood Study Group, and a member of the Families and Relationships study group.
Teaching and Supervision
I teach and supervise students on the following programmes:
MA Child Studies and MA International Child Studies
Children’s rights/International Children’s Rights
Foundation Degree/BA in Education Studies
Education, Society and learning
Language, Society and Schooling
Social Justice and Education
Doctorate in Education and Professional Studies
Foundations of Professionalism
ESRC Doctoral Training Centre
Introduction to Qualitative Methods
I also contribute to the MSc in Health Promotion and Health & Society and the MPhil/PhD Education and Professional Studies research training programme.
I have been working with colleagues in developing a BSc in Sociology and Public Policy, commencing in September 2014. I welcome invitations from prospective PhD students interested in pursuing research in the sociology of childhood and children’s relationships.
Davies, H. (accepted) ‘Shared parenting or shared care?: Learning from children's experiences of a post-divorce shared care arrangement’, Children and Society.
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. 2008. ‘Reflexivity in Research Practice: Informed Consent with Children at School and at Home’, Sociological Research Online. 84:1.
Interviewed by Faculti Media on 'Shared Parenting or Shared Care?
Davies, H. (November 9, 2012) Shared parenting: Can a one-size-fits-all approach actually work?
Interviewed on children’s perspectives on family surnames, for ‘Thinking Allowed’, BBC Radio 4 (October 2011) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015cnnt