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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 and support needs 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 is also contracted with Dr Kahryn Hughes to publish a Palgrave Pivot called 'Precarious Families, Marginalised Men: Telling Longitudinal Stories of Low-Income Family Life'. I began my career as an academic at Lancaster University where I gained a BSc in Geography, PhD and a PGCert in Academic Practice. I taught there for a period of two years as a Senior Teaching Associate in Human Geography. Following this I became 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 completed at the University of Lincoln. Anna is interested in supervising PhD research on any research linked to the following topics: fatherhood and fathering; grandparenting; men and masculinities; the lifecourse; family sociology; qualitative longitudinal methodologies and qualitative secondary analysis. ORCHID ID:

Department Responsibilities

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

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


  • Raising educational aspirations: evaluation of a student mentoring scheme — UROS (internal university funding),
  • 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 called 'Children of Lincoln'. 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. I am also currently a British Sociological Association Early Career Convenor.

Research Interests

  • Austerity

  • Care

  • Family

  • Fatherhood

  • Masculinities

  • poverty

  • Qualitative Secondary Analysis

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Raising educational aspirations: evaluating a student mentoring scheme — awarded £1000 by UROS in 2018
  • 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 — awarded £80000 by Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship in 2014

Research in the Lincoln Repository

PhD Supervisor

I am Director of Studies for Nicola Chanamuto who is researching migrant women's experiences in cleaning occupations

Module Responsibilities

  • Coordinator - Understanding the City — 2016 to Present
  • Lecturer and Seminar Leader - Sociological Imagination — 2016 to Present

Professional Affiliations