About this blog

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This is the occasional blog of Martin Robb, a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at The Open University (UK). The views expressed are my own.

I spent a number of years working in a variety of community education projects with disadvantaged groups, before joining The Open University, initially as a Lecturer in Community Education and later in Health, Wellbeing 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 a core module in the MA in Childhood and Youth Studies.

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. From 2013-15 I was the principal investigator on Beyond Male Role Models, an ESRC-funded project in partnership with Action for Children, exploring gender identities and practices in work with vulnerable young men. In 2016-17 I worked with Sandy Ruxton and David Bartlett on Young men, masculinity and wellbeing, as part of a three-country study in partnership with Promundo.

I’m currently writing a book on men, masculinities, children and care, to be published by Routledge in 2019.

I’m a member of the ‘Men as Change Agents’ working group set up by the Government Equalities Office, a member of the advisory panel for the Fathers’ Development Foundation, and book reviews co-editor for ‘Children & Society’.

Follow me on Twitter @MartinRobbOU

My ‘professional’ Facebook page can be found here

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

Here’s a link to my Open University profile.

You can also follow my work at:


I suppose the title of this blog is kind of a feeble pun on this.



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