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About Anna Tarrant

Anna Tarrant is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Science. She is currently funded under the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme (Oct 2014 - Jun 2018) to explore men’s care responsibilities in low-income families, over time and across households. The study has employed a novel qualitative longitudinal methodology including the use of qualitative secondary analysis to develop the research design. She is currently developing an edited collection called ‘Advances in Qualitative Secondary Analysis’ with Dr Kahryn Hughes (University of Leeds) that will be published with SAGE in Jan 2019. Chapters written by experts in the field will reflect the range of novel research design and innovation characterising the methodological landscape of qualitative secondary analysis (or QSA), and data reuse more generally. She began my career as an academic at Lancaster University where she gained a BSc in Geography, PhD and a PGCert in Academic Practice. She taught there for a period of two years as a Senior Teaching Associate in Human Geography. Following this she worked as a Research Associate for Prof. Brid Featherstone at the Open University, conducting research around fatherhood and kinship care. All of this work lead to winning a prestigious Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship award (described above), which began at the University of Leeds (with Dr Kahryn Hughes) and is now being complete at the University of Lincoln. Anna is interested in supervising PhD research on fatherhood and fathering; grandparenting; men and masculinities; the lifecourse; family sociology; qualitative longitudinal methodologies and qualitative secondary analysis. ORCHID ID:

Department Responsibilities

Module Co-ordinator for ‘Understanding the City’ Lecturer in Sociology PhD and dissertation supervision

Subject Specialism

Men and masculinities; Fatherhood; Kinship Care; Gender equality; Poverty; Qualitative Secondary Analysis


  • PhD Social Geography — Lancaster University, 2011
  • BSc Geography — Lancaster University, 2007


  • Child Friendly Lincoln initiative — ESRC Festival of Social Science,
  • Child Friendly Lincoln initiative (student supervision) — UROS (internal university funding),
  • Responding to Young Fathers in a Different Way — Leeds Social Sciences Institute,
  • Men, Poverty and Lifetimes of Care — Leverhulme Trust,


I am currently a steering group member for the Fatherhood Development Programme and for the Aspiring to be a ‘Child Friendly Lincoln’ initiative. Other Scholarly activities:  I have recently been appointed to the editorial board of Sociology and support Gender, Place and Culture with their social media activities. I have reviewed articles for journals including Men and Masculinities, Families, Relationships and Societies, Journal of Family issues, Gender, Place and Culture, Children’s Geographies, Child & Family Social Work and International Journal of Men’s Health. I have also reviewed book proposals for Palgrave Macmillan and Policy Press.

Research Interests

  • Austerity

  • Care

  • Family

  • Fatherhood

  • Masculinities

  • poverty

  • Qualitative Secondary Analysis

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Aspiring to a Child Friendly Lincoln — awarded £1000 by UROS in 2017
  • Responding to Young Fathers in a Different Way — awarded £15000 by Leeds Social Sciences Institute in 2016
  • Men, Poverty and Lifetimes of Care — Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship in 2014

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations