IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Intimacies, Relationships and Identities

We engage in research about experiences of love and intimacy within diverse family and relationship forms.

Our studies on these topics range from:

  • understandings and experiences of love, marriage and intimacy among Gujarati Indians
  • research on how the care of children affects the parental couple's 'intimate' relationship
  • exploration of the impact of stress related to discrimination on the health of same-sex couples.


We employ novel qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods designs including dyadic longitudinal surveys, ethnography and interviews.


Our funders include:

  • Leverhulme Trust.
  • US National Institutes for Child Health and Human Development.


Related links

  • Project SHARe: Stress, Health, and Relationship
  • Choice, gender, equality and love in early parenthood in the UK