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Prof Julia Brannen
UCL Institute of Education and Society
University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Emeritus Professor
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

Julia Brannen has been a researcher at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education and Society since 1982 and in the early 1990s was made a Reader and then Professor. Throughout this time she has raised funding for research in the field of family life including from government, ESRC and from the EU. She was a co-founder of The International Journal of Social Research Methodology, that she coedited for 17 years with Professor Rosalind Edwards. She has been an Associate editor of The Journal of Mixed Methods and sits on a number of journal editorial boards.An early exponent of mixed method research, her 1992 book Mixing Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Research has been extensively cited. She has written 24 books and innumerable journal articles and contributions to methodological and other texts. Julia is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science and was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Bergen for several periods.

Personal country knowledge: Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden

 Languages spoken

  • French (intermediate)

Languages written

  • French (intermediate)
Research Summary

Julia Brannen is Emerita Professor of the Sociology of the Family, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Social Research Institute, UCL Institute of Education and Society, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science. She has an international reputation for research on the family lives of parents, children and young people and work-family issues in Britain and Europe, intergenerational relationships, and food in families. She is well known for her methodological expertise and innovative practice in the development of mixed methods, and for her use of biographical approaches and comparative research. Her latest books include, Families and Food in Hard Times 2021 (co-authored with Dr Rebecca O'O'Connell), Researching Family Narratives (coauthored with Ann Phoenix and Corinne Squire) 2021 and  Social Research Matters: A Life in Family Sociology 2021.

Teaching Summary

Her teaching has been at postgraduate level, largely in the field of social science methodology. Julia has supervised eleven doctoral students to successful completion and has examined more than 20 doctoral theses in the UK and overseas.

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