Margaret O'Brien

Margaret O’Brien

Professor of Child and Family Policy, University College London; Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UK

Research interests

For over 30 years I have conducted extensive research on fathers and family life, with a focus on work-family policies, parenting and family support. Since 2015 I have become one of the co-ordinators of the International Network on Leave Policies and Research, which consists of over 60 members, all of whom are experts on leave issues and who come from 40 countries across the world. I also serve as a Board Member 2014-2018 for the International Sociological Association, sub-committee on Family Research.

My first book on fatherhood, The Father Figure (Tavistock), was published in 1982. Since then I have published widely in academic and policy journals including a contribution to the first UN report on male roles, Men in Families and Family Policy in a Changing World in 2011.

My recent research project, Modern Fatherhood, is funded by the ESRC with a new book, Comparative Perspectives on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality: Fathers on Leave Alone (Springer) to be published later in 2017.