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Clayton Carmen

Research profile

I am a Reader in Family and Cultural Dynamics at Leeds Trinity University (UK). My longstanding research interests and achievements centre on the lives of children, young people, and families. My particular interests revolve around ethnic childhoods, young fatherhood, and lockdown family experiences and I am well experienced with qualitative research approaches.


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Specialisation and expertise

Lockdown Family Experiences

Wider effects of Covid-19

Young Fatherhood

Ethnic Childhoods and Family Lives

Home country
United Kingdom
Member type
Higher education
Type of research activities
Applied research, Basic research
Fields of research
Education, Sociology, Other social sciences

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Posted on 6 Sep 2021 by
30 Mar 2020
Coordinating country
United Kingdom
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British Families in Lockdown/BFiL’ is a qualitative study which has spoken to diverse families across each of the three UK lockdowns with regards to family dynamics, family relationships, children’s education, parental employment, health and well-being, social connectedness, technology use, and adherence to government restrictions.  Sixty parents participated in semi-structured online/telephone interviews in the first lockdown and our participants have continued to share their experiences with us via an online survey and follow-up interviews. 

We have several briefing papers that have been published by UK Parliament, have contributed towards various reports by international and national organisations and received media interest in our study (such as BBC News, The Guardian, The Observer). Full details on our focus of inquiries, key findings, and publications to date can be found here: British Families in Lockdown study - Research - Leeds Trinity University




We are interested in connecting with international researchers who have looked at the wider effects of Covid-19 as part of our ongoing study to broaden current knowledge and understanding around the pandemic and its impact on children and parents.  We are interested in sharing findings, creating

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