Dr Gaelle Aeby

Honorary Research Fellow

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I am an Honorary Research Fellow at the Morgan Centre.

I am also a research collaborator at the University of Geneva (Faculty of Law and Geneva School of Social Sciences).

My fields of specialisation include sociology of family and personal life; socio-anthropology of youth; life-course perspective; and network analysis.

I am currently involved in two research projects: “Integrity, autonomy and participation: How do children and parents experience the proceedings of Child and Adult Protection Authorities?” and “The negotiation of divorce agreements and gender (in)equality in Switzerland.

I obtained a PhD in Social sciences from the University of Lausanne (2015), and, shortly afterwards, was awarded an SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility grant to study at the Morgan Centre at the University of Manchester (2016-2017).

Before my PhD, I conducted a study on everyday life in foster care institutions in the Canton of Geneva, which a few years later resulted in a follow-up study on the transition to adulthood of care leavers. Besides my interest in foster care and youth, I also investigated the challenges of stepfamilies and the impact of break-up on friendship networks. In my PhD, I discussed the transformation of personal networks over the life course in Switzerland, and in an international perspective. Overall, I have a strong interest in innovative research designs, combining quantitative and qualitative methods, and interdisciplinary research.

External positions

Research collaborator, Universite de Geneve (University of Geneva)

Nov 2018 → …

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2015 - Doctor of Social Science, Is blood still thicker than water? A life-course perspective on the transformation of family and friends' roles in personal networks, Universite de Lausanne (University of Lausanne) (2011 - 2015)
  • Master of Social Science Universite de Geneve (University of Geneva) (2006 - 2008)

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