About this blog

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My name is Martin Robb and I’m a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University (UK). This is my ‘academic’ blog, a space where I share thoughts and reflections on my research and teaching. The views expressed are my own.

I was born in East Ham, London, grew up in Chelmsford, Essex, and currently live in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. I studied English Literature at Cambridge University and Manchester University, Adult Education at Nottingham University, and Child Development and Social Psychology with The Open University.

For a number of years I worked in community education projects with ex-offenders, unemployed people and other disadvantaged groups, before joining The Open University, initially as a Lecturer in Community Education and later in Health and Social Care. I’ve contributed to a wide range of OU courses, mostly focused on work with children, young people and families. I’m currently chair of Critical Practice with Children and Y0ung People (K802), a core module in the MA in Childhood and Youth.

My research at the OU has been mainly concerned with issues of gender, care and identity. I’ve undertaken research on fathering identities; men as childcare workers; faith, fatherhood and masculinity; and young masculinities. I was the principal investigator on Beyond Male Role Models, an ESRC-funded research project in partnership with Action for Children, exploring gender identities and practices in work with vulnerable young men. I am currently writing a book on men, masculinities, children and care, to be published by Routledge in 2017.

I am a member of the ‘Men as Change Agents’ working group set up by the Government Equalities Office and the Women’s Business Council, for whom I am a ‘Champion Advocate’. I have been an invited panel member, alongside government ministers and business and community leaders, at a number of events, both in the UK and abroad, focused on engaging men for gender equality.

Follow me on Twitter @MartinRobbOU

My ‘academic’ Facebook page is here

You can email me at: martin.robb@open.ac.uk

The title of the blog is a tribute to the seminal work, The Bonds of Love: psychoanalysis, feminism and the problem of domination, by  Jessica Benjamin.

The image of a mother and son on the header is of a statue at City Hall, Philadelphia, USA. You can see the full size image here.

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