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PhD Researcher at the University of Bristol researching family and fatherhood in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.  An experienced researcher with an outstanding academic background in Sociology and Social Policy, and a breadth of experience though numerous roles in student life, politics and the non-profit sector. Research interests in family policy, gender, poverty and inequality and comparative welfare state analysis.  

Thesis working title: Exploring the Changing nature of fatherhood in a post-covid context: A cross-country comparison of the UK and US

My research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (South West Doctoral Partnership) and is Supervised by Professor Esther Dermott and Dr Julia Gumy. 


Public Articles

Book Review: Anna Tarrant, Fathering and Poverty: Uncovering Men’s Participation in Low-Income Family Life - Josie Horton, 2022 (

What are women worth? | Joint Public Issues Team

When home isn't safe | Joint Public Issues Team

Gleanings-Report-May-2020.pdf (

Call for changes to the Domestic Abuse Bill | Joint Public Issues Team

Why is change so slow? | Joint Public Issues Team

When does change happen? | Joint Public Issues Team

Week Two: The Outsiders | Joint Public Issues Team

What next?- Living in the light of the resurrection – Living Lent

Introducing Josie | Joint Public Issues Team



Economic Social Research Council Studentship- South West Doctoral Training Programme (2021-2025)

Social Sciences Faculty Prize|University of Kent (2018)

Aurelio Manete Prize|University of Kent (2018)

Best Performance in Sociology Prize|University of Kent (2018)

Dedication to Inclusivity and Diversity award| Kent Union (2017)

Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence (£2000) 2015-2018

Undergraduate Academic excellence|University of Kent (2015/16)



University of Oxford | MSc Comparative Social Policy: Distinction 2018-2019

Courses: Comparative Social Policy Theory, Social Policy Analysis, Methods of Social Research, Poverty in Comparative Context, Ageing Populations

Thesis: Encouraging Active Fatherhood: A comparison of leave policies across the European Union 


University of Kent | BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy: First Class 2015-2018

Courses: Welfare in Modern Britain, Social Research Methods, Sociology of the Family, Political Behaviour, Gender and Crime, Reproductive Health, Mental Health, Poverty and Inequality, Social Politics of Food

Research dissertation: To what extent do ordained women in church leadership feel they have an equal experience to their male counterparts?- A case study of Kent 

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Families and Parenting
  • SPS Children and Families Research Centre


  • Parenting
  • Family Policy
  • fatherhood
  • gender identity
  • care
  • COVID-19
  • Work


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