Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Research Student: Linzi Ladlow

Housing Young Parents: A micro-dynamic study of the housing experiences and support needs of young mothers and fathers

The project is an ESRC Collaborative Studentship working with a local housing charity, Archway. It is affiliated with the ESRC Following Young Fathers study. Frequent housing transitions and a desire for a stable home emerged as significant issues for the participants in Following Young Fathers. This project aims to focus on the theme of housing for young parents (both mothers and fathers) and to develop greater understanding of housing support provision. 

The research seeks to address three notable gaps in current knowledge: firstly, there is limited micro-dynamic evidence on young parenthood, creating gaps in understanding of the factors that shape pathways into young parenthood. Secondly, housing pathways are of vital importance as the foundation for establishing parental identities and practices, yet these are under researched. The experiences of young disadvantaged parents who receive housing support are relatively unknown. Thirdly, the way that young parenthood is currently understood has limitations – it is strongly equated with teenage un-partnered motherhood, with policy and practice tailored accordingly. This gendered construction marginalises young fathers, and may adversely affect the efforts of young couples who are seeking to establish a new family unit.

Within the context of dramatic changes in social and housing policies, young parents will be tracked over a period of one year in order to explore their housing pathways, the support available to them and their lived-experiences of this.

Background

I have worked at Leeds Beckett University for the past five years, teaching on a range of modules and supervising undergraduate dissertations in Sociology and Criminology.

I was recently employed as a Research Assistant on the Following young Fathers study. I was responsible for generating data on young fathers who had been in custody, developing coding frames for the young fathers’ dataset and conducting analysis in NVivo.

Publications

Journal Articles

Ladlow and Neale (2015, in press) ‘Risk? Resource? Redemption? Conceptualising and responding to young fathers in custodial settings’ Social Policy and Society:  themed section on young fatherhood

Conference Presentations

‘Young fathers in custodial settings’ Journal of Youth Studies Conference, University of Copenhagen 30th March 2015

‘‘Housing Young Parents’ Home in Transition: Early Career Researcher Symposium, University of Stirling, 6th November 2014

‘The ESRC Following Young Fathers Study’ Supporting Families in Difficult Times Conference, Leeds Beckett University 19th September 2014

Following Young Fathers: Housing trajectories and the value of home for young men’ Housing Studies Association Annual Conference, University of York, 16th March 2014.

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