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Professor Rosalind Edwards PhD

Professor of Sociology, National Centre for Research Methods Research Fellow

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Professor Rosalind Edwards is Professor of Sociology within Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Southampton.

Rosalind is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a founding and co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology. She has researched and published widely in the areas of family life and policies, as well as studying and writing about research methods.

Research interests

Rosalind’s research interests are centred on:

  • how to think about and conceptualise family lives - theory
  • how best to conduct studies into family lives – research methods
  • what goes on in people’s family lives and the ideas and assumptions shaping family policies - substance

She takes a critical sociological approach coupled with feminist relational perspectives to address and understand theory, methods and substance, and is especially in how these are shaped by gender, social class, race/ethnicity and generation, within geographical, political and historical contexts.  

Rosalind’s current and recent research projects include:

  • An ESRC-funded project on Parental Social Licence for Data Linkage for Service Intervention: The research provides a comprehensive, dynamic and multifaceted understanding of parental social licence for and trust in operational data linkage and analytics that can inform public understanding, policy development, and practices in the field of family intervention.
  • An EU-funded Twinning project, where Rosalind and other methods experts at Southampton will collaborate with colleagues in Tallinn, Bamberg and NIDA universities, on the ‘YouthLife’ project, which aims to bridge qualitative and quantitative approaches to life course research and advance mixed methods design for the new Estonian Longitudinal Study of Youth, as well as fostering mutually advantageous networking and exchanges of knowledge between all the international partners. 
  • A UKRI-ESRC International Networking Grant, working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous research colleagues in New Zealand, Canada and the UK to produce a set of resources to support researchers who are embarking on Indigenous and non-Indigenous partnerships to think about their methods, assumptions and behaviour. Resources include a comic, illustrated audio discussion and informative blogs:
  • Two projects on ‘BigQual’: working across qualitative longitudinal studies 
  1. a feasibility study that has developed a ‘breadth-and-depth’ method for working across large amounts of qualitative data, and
  2. a study linking innovation in method and pedagogy to provide a set of resources for teaching and learning about the ‘breadth-and-depth’ method. Big Qual Analysis: Innovation in method and pedagogy webpage.
  • Troubled families and inter-agency collaboration, conducted in partnership with Family Action.

Rosalind welcomes applications for PhD study in families, research methods and related areas.

Research project(s)

Parental Social Licence for Data Linkage for Service Intervention

YouthLife: Life course perspectives in studying youth transitions to adulthood, bridging qualitative and quantitative approaches

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Module codeModule titleRole
SOCI6043 Understanding Social Change Lecturer
SOCI2008 Race and Ethnicity in Society Co-convenor and lecturer
SOCI3082 Race and Ethnicity in Society Co-convenor and lecturer
RESM6003 Qualitative Methods I Co-convenor and lecturer
RESM6006 Qualitative Methods II Co-convenor and lecturer
Professor Rosalind Edwards
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

Room Number : 58/4069

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