Professor Esther Dermott

B.A.(Cantab.), M.Sc.(Edin.), Ph.D.(Essex), PGCHE (Bristol)

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    Trained as sociologist, Esther is known for her work on families, parenting, intimacy, and poverty, with a specific focus on fathers and fathering. She uses a range of quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches to explore issues across sociology and social policy. Her work addresses ongoing gendered inequalities in familial relationships, how transformations in parenting practices can be produced, and the centrality of intimacy for contemporary parent-child relations.

    She is currently working on funded research projects looking at intra-household poverty, and the relationship between resources and parenting practices (MiSoC - ESRC Centre of Micro-Social Change 2019-2024); and the experiences of Syrian refugee fathers in Britain (British Academy 2018-2021).

    Her interests have recently extended into cross and interdisciplinary work with colleagues in political theory, geography, childhood studies, psychology, and computer science in order to extend social science perspectives and methodologies on good parenthood, intimacy, and care. She is part of the Bristol Digital Futures Institute, funded by Research England.

    Esther is currently Head of School for Policy Studies and on the boards of the Perivoli African Research Centre (PARC), Brigstow Institute, and Bristol Poverty Institute at the University of Bristol. She is Editor-in-Chief of Families, Relationships and Societies, Founding Editor of the book series Sociology of Children and Families, and a member of the Bristol University Press Editorial Board.

    Structured keywords and research groupings

    • Families and Parenting
    • Bristol Poverty Institute
    • SPS Children and Families Research Centre
    • SPS Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice
    • Digital Societies
    • Gender Research Group
    • Perivoli Africa Research Centre (PARC)
    • PolicyBristolChildrenAndFamilies


    • Brigstow Institute
    • BDFI
    • fathers
    • fatherhood
    • intimacy
    • care


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