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Robert Stephenson

Robert

PhD student

Email: r.f.stephenson@qmul.ac.uk
Room Number: Geography Building, Room 218

Profile

My background is in Geography, having rediscovered the subject after a long hiatus and return to study as a mature student. I gained a First Class Honours degree in Geography from Brunel University in 2000. Since 2004 I have been running a small business ‘ResearchAssistUK’ dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of research-orientated services to the academic and non-profit-making sectors and beyond. I currently live on a narrowboat in West London with my partner, a fellow Geographer and Senior Research Fellow at London South Bank University and our 1 year-old son.

Research Interests
My research interests lie in Social and Political Geography and include:

  • Gender and Masculinities
  • Geographies of the Home
  • Urban Landscapes and Constructions of the City
  • Critical Geopolitics
  • Oral History
  • Visual Culture
  • Archiving and Digitization

PhD Research

  • Title: Men juggling work, home and family in contemporary London

Supervisors

  • Dr Al James, The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University
  • Professor Alastair Owens, School of Geography, QMUL
  • Eleanor John, Geffrye Museum, London
  • Laura Bedford, Geffrye Museum, London

Funding

  • AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award at the Centre for Studies of Home (2012-2015)

Research Aims
This qualitative study will explore the everyday lived experiences of self-identified ‘male primary caregivers’ juggling competing activities of work, home and family in London in the (post)recessionary period focusing particularly on households supported by a female breadwinner.

Research Questions

  • In what ways do contemporary patterns of domestic practice by self-identified male primary caregivers in London correspond to – or eschew – a simple ‘role reversal’ as understood through a narrowly ‘maternal lens’?
  • What difficulties do self-identified ‘male primary caregivers’ in London experience in assuming a more gender equitable distribution of domestic work within the home?
  • What strategies and technologies are employed to overcome those challenges and reconcile competing responsibilities of paid work and care in ways commensurate with ‘acceptable’ forms of masculinity amongst peers?
  • How do men’s everyday work-care reconciliation strategies and patterns of domestic practice in London vary by household situation, job role and industrial sector?

Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Centre for Studies of Home - A collaborative research partnership between QMUL and The Geffrye Museum of the Home, London

Research

Publications

  • Weller, S. and Edwards, R. with Stephenson, R. (2011) Researching children’s lateral relationships over time: methodological & ethical lessons from a Qualitative Longitudinal study, Families & Social Capital Research Group Working Paper No. 30, London: London South Bank University (http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/ahs/downloads/families/familieswp30.pdf)
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