Dr Brienna Perelli-Harris PhD
Associate Professor in Demography
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Associate Professor Perelli-Harris joined the University of Southampton in 2011. Previously she was a Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany and a post-doc at the University of Wisconsin. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Michigan in 2006.
Are the changes in partnership formation that we see occurring around the world universal or unique to each context?
Dr. Perelli-Harris currently holds a five-year European Research Council starting grant to study the increase in childbearing within cohabitation in industrialised countries (visit www.nonmarital.org). Working with researchers across Europe, the USA and Australia, she is using demographic techniques and in-depth qualitative methods to explore the underlying reasons for the development of new family formation behaviours. She has published in top Demography, Sociology, and Social Policy journals and is trying to better understand why cohabitation has increased so rapidly in some countries, but not in others. Recently, she has edited a Special Collection in Demographic Research “Focus on Partnerships: Discourses on cohabitation and marriage throughout Europe and Australia.”
Referees for the journals Demography, Population Studies, Journal of Marriage and Family, European Journal of Population, American Journal of Sociology, European Sociological Review, Demographic Research, Social Forces, Advances in Lifecourse Research.