Dr Jan Macvarish

Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Parenting Culture Studies
Dr Jan Macvarish


Dr Jan Macvarish is a Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, working with Dr Ellie Lee.

Research interests

In the Department of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London, Dr Macvarish is a researcher working on the Nuffield Foundation-funded project, 'Siblings, Contact and the Law: An Overlooked Relationship?' The study will explore the way in which sibling relationships are conceptualised and dealt with in public care proceedings. 

Dr Macvarish is a sociologist whose work focuses on the study of interpersonal relationships, parenting, family life, health, sex and intimacy. She is the author of the book 'Neuroparenting: The expert invasion of family life' (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) and co-author of 'Parenting Culture Studies(Palgrave Macmillan 2014). She has published research on contemporary singleness, teenage pregnancy and parenthood, the regulation of fertility treatment and abortion, and the use and abuse of neuroscience. 

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