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Family and community

The family is a major social institution that is central to individual and social well-being. We want to understand how families are changing and how they affect the choices people make about their children, their employment and their community.

Through the research we fund, we want to understand more about how family and household composition is changing, and the impact of family on people’s economic, social, physical and emotional well-being. This includes how families are affected by policy relating to tax, housing and welfare, for example in the decisions parents make for their children and their work.

We also want to explore the relationship between family and living circumstances and chronic illness, disability and mental health.

Our work in family and community cuts across our work in Education, Welfare and Justice. For example, we fund research that explores the relationship between the family and home learning environment and children’s education outcomes. We are also one of the largest funders of research relating to family justice.

 

Our team


  • Alex Beer
    Senior Consultant, Welfare
  • Catherine Dennison
    Programme Head, Welfare

  • Director, Welfare

Our impact in family and community


Family and community projects

In progress

Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Children living with domestic violence: effects on children’s well-being

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In progress

Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Caregiving dads, breadwinning mums: Transforming gender in work and childcare?

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In progress

Education | Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Contemporary fathers in the UK

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In progress

Welfare | 2018 – 2020

The intergenerational transmission of family wealth

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Reported

Welfare | 2018 – 2018

Improving survey representation of non-resident parents

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In progress

Welfare | 2018 – 2020

Immigration and well-being

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In progress

Welfare | 2018 – 2020

Investigating people-place effects in the UK using linked longitudinal survey and administrative data

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In progress

Welfare | 2017 – 2020

The impact of ethnic diversity on well-being and health

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In progress

Welfare | 2017 – 2019

Asylum policies in Europe and the refugee crisis

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In progress

Welfare | 2017 – 2021

The psychological roots of societal self harm: mass participation experiments

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2015 – 2018

Bridging the Evidence Gap in Family Proceedings

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Reported

Welfare | 2014 – 2016

Data to understand the lives of separated families

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We aim to improve people’s lives by funding research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare and Justice. We also fund student programmes that give young people skills and confidence in science and research.

We are an open, collaborative and engaged funder that offers more than money. Through connecting the individual projects we fund, we strengthen their collective impact and give voice to an overarching narrative.

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