Martin explains the background to the research study

I’m a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University (UK), where I have contributed to a wide range of courses, many of them on working with children and young people. My research interests include young masculinities; fatherhood, masculinity and childcare; and faith and identity. I am currently the principal investigator on ‘Beyond Male Role Models’, an ESRC-funded research project exploring gender identities and practices in work with young men, in partnership with Action for Children. Before joining the OU, I worked in community education projects with adults and young people.

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


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