Parenting critical perspectives - PhD research opportunities - University of Derby

Critical perspectives on parenting

Topic headline: Critical perspectives on parenting 

Category: PhD research project

Institution: University of Derby

Department: Psychology

PhD supervisor: Dr Abigail Locke

Application deadline: Applications accepted all year round

Funding availability: Self-funded PhD student only

Project description

This project would form part of a program of research in critical health psychology focusing on parenting. The specific focus would be developed with the candidate but would consider how issues around how to be a 'good parent' are negotiated in today's parenting culture. In particular, considering the rise of 'attachment parenting' and how it impacts on contemporary childrearing practices. The research would adopt a critical, qualitative perspective.


Indicative reading

Locke, A. (2009) Natural versus taught’: Competing discourses in antenatal Breastfeeding workshops. Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 435-446.

Hays, S. (1996). The cultural contradictions of motherhood. New Hale: Yale University Press.

Sears, W. & Sears, M. (2001). The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby. Little, Brown and Company.


PhD study at the University of Derby

The University of Derby is pleased to welcome applications from self-funded or externally sponsored students for programmes of research in this or related areas, beginning from September 2012. Applications are welcome from students wishing to study full time or part time, and from students in employment who have the support of their employers.

The University of Derby provides PhD students with a range of facilities and support, including dedicated office space, PC and IT facilities, and library services, and all PhD students in Psychology are members of the Centre for Psychological Research, an active community of psychological researchers.

At the University of Derby, the Traditional Route PhD is taken by students who already have a Masters level qualification that includes research methods. Students without previous Masters level training in research methods take the New Route PhD, which includes training in research methods.

Have a look at the application process details and fee information.


Enquiry contact details

Dr Abigail Locke

T: 01484 472063