Author Archives: Martin Robb

Male role models in the media

‘Beyond Male Role Models’, the ESRC-funded research project that I’m currently leading, has attracted some media interest since our official launch in London a couple of weeks ago. We were mentioned in this Guardian article about a mentoring scheme run … Continue reading

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Faith and fatherhood on video

In June I took part in a seminar on ‘Fathers and fatherhood: policy, representation and experience’, organised by The Open University’s Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG). I was pleased to be asked to present the findings from my … Continue reading

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An excuse for (apparent) inactivity

If things have seemed a little quiet around here lately, it’s because I’m active elsewhere – contributing to the blog for our new ESRC-funded research project, ‘Beyond Male Role Models: gender identities and practices in work with young men’. Do … Continue reading

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Research assistant wanted

In my last post I mentioned our success in attracting ESRC funding for a new research project on gender and young men, to be carried out in partnership with Action for Children. We’re hoping to get started on the project … Continue reading

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Funding success!

Just before Christmas, Brigid Featherstone, Sandy Ruxton and I received the long-awaited news that our funding bid to the Economic and Social Research Council had been successful. This means that we can finally begin work on our research project, tentatively … Continue reading

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Thinking aloud about mums and dads

This week’s Thinking Allowed on Radio 4, presented by Laurie Taylor, focused in part on the subject of men and childbirth. I was asked to write a short piece about my research for the linked Open University website. I was … Continue reading

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‘Mummy’s boys’: my interview on BBC Radio Lancashire

Yesterday I was interviewed on the Ted Robbins show on BBC Radio Lancashire, about my research on boys’ relationships with their mothers. At the time of writing, you can still listen to the programme at the station’s website. The programme’s focus … Continue reading

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Study for a PhD with the OU

Interested in the topics discussed on this blog, or in other issues relating to work with children, young people and families? Want to take it further, perhaps by doing some research of your own? Then why not consider studying for a … Continue reading

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Mothers, sons and masculinities

In this third post in my series on boys’ relationships with their mothers, I want to explain how my interest in the topic came about, and why I made it the focus of a research study. I first became interested … Continue reading

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Young men, mothers and family relationships

In this second post in my series on boys’ relationships with their mothers, I want to say something about the background to my research on this topic. As I noted in the last post, studies of young masculinity have until … Continue reading

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