Living Apart Together – A seminar to discuss the findings of an ESRC funded research project

Living Apart Together: A Multi-Method Analysis

What Have We Learnt? 

A seminar to discuss the findings of an ESRC funded research project 

Friday 26 April 2013

2.00-4.30 pm 

Keynes Library

43 Gordon Square

Birkbeck, University of London

London WC1H 0PD

About 10% of adults in Britain today are in a relationship but not living with their partner. This seminar presents findings from a major ESRC funded research project about the phenomenon of “living apart together”. The research involved a national representative survey, a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews, and a psychosocial study, using the biographical-narrative interpretive method. The seminar will be of interest to researchers and practitioners interested in family and personal life, households, couple relationships and biography, and the use of mixed methods.


2.00     Welcome and introduction                               

Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck)


2.10     Overview of the project                       

Simon Duncan (Bradford University)


2.20     How many people are living apart together, and who are they?         

Miranda Phillips (NatCen Social Research)


2.40     Why do people live apart together, and how do they manage it practically?

Simon Duncan (Bradford University)


3.00     How do people talk about living apart together in the context of the rest of their lives, and what do they feel about it?

Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck)

3.20     Tea and cake

3.35     Panel discussion – responses to the project

Anne Barlow (Exeter University), Nickie Charles (Warwick University), Jacqui Gabb (Open University) & Penny Mansfield (OnePlusOne)

Followed by audience Q&A with the research team 

4.30     Close


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