Understanding Society: Changing Families

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Understanding Society will host a week-long conference on Changing Families in March 2021. The conference will focus on non-resident families, same-sex families, housework and gender, providing care, and insecure work and family relationships.

About the conference

Understanding Society is hosting a week-long online conference exploring families in the UK. Curated by their Topic Champion for Families, Professor Brienna Perelli-Harris, the week will focus on research on families and partnerships. The mini-conference will run each afternoon from the 22 to 26 March. Each day will follow a particular theme, with paper presentations, keynote speakers and times for discussion.

The Changing Families mini-conference is part of a year of events celebrating 10 Waves of Understanding Society. You can find details of all their 2021 events on our conference website.

Conference programme

A detailed programme can be found on Understanding Society’s conference website. Below is an overview of the topics covered throughout the week:

  • Monday 22 March 2021: Non-resident Families
  • Tuesday 23 March 2021: Same-sex Families
  • Wednesday 24 March 2021: Housework and Gender
  • Thursday 25 March 2021: Providing Care and a pre-conference session for the Understanding Society family developments consultation
  • Friday 26 March 2021: Insecure Work and Family Relationships


The conference is free to attend, but you do need to register in advance. Your conference ticket allows you in to the conference each day, so you can pick and choose which sessions you want to attend – or come along to all of them.

Further information

For further information about this conference, please visit the Understanding Society conference website.