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.
Before joining The Open University, I spent a number of years working in community education projects with ex-offenders, unemployed people and other disadvantaged groups. 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 recent research has been mainly concerned with issues of gender, care and identity. I’ve undertaken research on ‘involved’ fathering; male 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 book reviews co-editor for the journal Children & Society.
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, and have been an invited panel member, alongside government ministers and business and community leaders, at a number of events promoting gender equality.
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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.