Dr Helen Norman

Honorary Research Fellow

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I completed my PhD ‘Involved fatherhood: an analysis of the conditions associated with paternal involvement in childcare and housework’ funded by an ESRC doctoral studentship (with a quantitative stipend) in Social Statistics at the University of Manchester in 2011. This was supervised by Professor Mark Elliot and Professor Colette Fagan.

My current role is a Research Fellow in Sociology, which involves advising the European Commission on gender equality policy as a member of the Scientific Analysis and Advice on Gender Equality in the EU team (SAAGE), and collaborating with Professor Colette Fagan (Vice President for Research) on other funded national and international research projects for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the European Commission, the United Nation’s International Labour Office, the Korea Labour Institute and the European Trade Union Institute.

During 2014-15, I took a four month secondment to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) where I worked in the research team to gather quantitative data for the ‘Is Britain Fairer’ five-yearly review of equality and human rights progress in England, Scotland and Wales.

I have delivered various guest lectures for postgraduate research design courses in the Sociology department and in the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research, and was the course leader for the Postgraduate Taught course Research Design I (SOCY60401) (2014-18) before stepping down to take a 10 month period of maternity leave. I am also a member of the University of Manchester's Gender, Work and Care research group, the Work and Equalities Institute, the Work and Family Researcher Network, and the British and European Sociological Associations.

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  • HM Sociology - Fathers, Fatherhood, Gender inequalites , work-family reconciliation, gender division of labour, Parenting, (Unpaid) care and domestic work

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