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Lynn Jamieson

Lynn Jamieson
Professor Lynn Jamieson
Sociology of Families and Relationships
5.04 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
++44 (0)131 650 4002
Research Interests
Families, personal life, european identity, Social change, oral history, Globalizationsation and personal life, gender, Environment, intimacy, Transgender, transnational families, care chains, friendship, Cosmopolitanism, Memory, identity, gender based violence

Office Hours

Tuesday 3-5


  • MA Hons (University of Edinburgh)
  • PhD (Edinburgh)

Main Research Interests

Intimacy; historical and cultural shifts in practices of intimacy; globalisation and personal life; relationships, the environment and sustainable life-styles; families, households, inter-generational relationships; personal life across the life-course;  identity issues; European identity; social change; methods of social research; Scottish oral history; sexuality; sexual offences and gender violence; relationships and 'othering'.

Much of my research is done with CRFR (Centre for Research on Families and Relationships):

Biographical statement

Supervise PhD students across a wide range of topics conducting research with both qualitative and quantitative methods in areas that overlap with my interest. One of the founding co-directors of CRFR. An editor of Families, Relationships and Societies and co-editor of the Palgrave series on Studies in Family and Intimate Life.

Recently participated in a project led by George Palattiyl on the impact of covid-19 lockdown on families of care home residents.  Ongoing legacies of earlier work include: ''breadth and depth method' for analysis across large volumes of qualitative data, with Emma Davidson, Ros Edwards, and Susie Weller,  ESRC National Centre for Research Methods; with Adele Lebano on 'Futures and Family: Italy, Spain and the UK' a qualitative project complementing Centre for Population Change demographic and quantitative work; and with Antonella Sorace, Kay Tisdall, Tracey Peace-Hughes and others on family, friends and bilingualism. Additional, I am a trustee of Befriending Networks Scotland and via Transition Edinburgh South, I support Gracemount Community Garden which enables people to grow and eat local food,  as part of my commitment to lower carbon futures and belief that families and relationships need to be part of bringing it about.

My back catalogue leaves ongoing interests in the topics of living alone,  Growing up in Scotland, for example, analysing data on grandparenting with Warner and Bradshaw, children's experience of family change, identity including European Identity, young Muslim's experiences of racism and religious intolerance in Scotland, gender violence including the effectiveness of legislation governing the use of evidence in Scottish sexual offences trials with Burman, Scottish oral history. 

Second edition in prepartion of Intimacy: Personal Relationships in Modern Societies (1998: Cambridge & Malden, MA: Polity Press). 

Lebano, A., Jamieson, L. (2020) Childbearing in Italy and Spain: postponement narratives. Population and Development Review 46, 121-144.

Jamieson, L. (2019) Sociologies of Personal Relationships and the Challenge of Climate Change. Sociology, 0038038519882599.

Davidson, E., R. Edwards, L. Jamieson, and S. Weller (2018) "Big data, qualitative style: a breadth-and-depth method for working with large amounts of secondary qualitative data." Quality & Quantity: 1-14.

Jamieson L, Ribe E, and Warner P.  (2018) "Outdated assumptions about maternal grandmothers? gender and lineage in grandparent–grandchild relationships." Contemporary Social Science 13: 261-74

Jamieson, L. (2016) ‘Families, Relationships and ‘Environment’: Unsustainability, Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss’ Families Relationships and Societies, 5, 3, 335-355.

Jamieson, L.  and Simpson, R. (2013) Living Alone: Globalization, Identity and Belonging (2013, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) 305 pages

'Personal Relationships, Intimacy and the Self in a Mediated and Global Digital Age' (2013) in Orton-Johnson, K. and Prior, N. (eds.) Digital Sociology: Critical Perspectives Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 13-28.

Jamieson, L. & Highet, G. (2013) ‘Troubling Loss? Children’s Experiences of Major Disruptions in Family Life’. In J. Ribbens McCarthy, C.-A. Hooper & V. Gillies (Eds.), Family Troubles?  Exploring Changes and Challenges in the Lives of Children and Young People. (pp. 137-152): Policy Press.

'Children and young people’s relationships, relational processes and social change: reading' across worlds’ Children’s Geographies 2012, 10, 3, 265–278, Jamieson and Milne.

‘Intimacy as a Concept: explaining social change in the context of globalisation or another form of ethnocentricism?’ 2011 Sociological Research Online

Researching Families and Relationships: Reflections on Process 2011 London, Palgrave, Jamieson L, Lewis R, Simpson R (eds)


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Topics interested in supervising

Globalisation and social change in personal life and/or in doing gender. This could include transnational families, families and migration, care chains, international adoption, sex tourism, mail order brides, prostitution etc. Any aspect of personal life, intimacy, gender and generational relationships, friendships, family, sexual relationships, sexuality and/or social change. 'Greening of families', anything to do with personal relationships and practices consequential for climate change or sustainabillity, environmental issues, biodiversity and orientations to the natural world or friendship and famil-like relationships with species other than humans. Have also done socio-legal work on rape and can supervise on gender violence. I have also have a more general interest in identity and have done work on European identity and try to keep an eye on debates about global citizenship & cosmopolitianism and would be happy to supervise in this area but perhaps as a second supervisor.

If you are interested in being supervised by Lynn Jamieson, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) Sociology