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Qualifications: PhD; MA; BA (Hons)
I joined the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Childhood and Personal Relationships in November 2014.
I began my academic career as a mature student at the University of Essex, where I gained my undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees. Between 1996 and 1998, I was Senior Research Officer at the ESRC Qualitative Data Archival Resource Centre (Qualidata); a post funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to create a National Social Policy and Social Change Archive based at the University of Essex. I had responsibility there for archiving Peter Townsend’s life work, including his seminal studies on poverty, the family life of old people and long-stay institutional care for old people, as well as other ‘classic’ post war sociological studies. From 1999 to 2014, I worked as lecturer and senior lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University. During this period I led the development of various strands of the undergraduate and postgraduate social policy curriculum, and also held the roles of Associate Dean for Qualifications and Awards and Co-Director of the Families, Relationships and Communities Programme in the University’s Research Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance.
My research interests in childhood and personal relationships span the disciplinary boundaries of history, sociology and social policy and have been supported by the British Academy and the ESRC. Most recently I was Co-Principal Investigator on a two-year ESRC funded study, Enduring Love? Couple Relationships in the 21st Century (www.enduringlove.co.uk) and lead Co-Investigator on an ESRC Seminar Series, Visual Dialogues: New Agendas in Inequalities Research (www.visualdialogues.co.uk). These built on and complemented my historical research into the meanings of childhood and ‘troubled’ family relationships through the 20th century and the nature of their representation in feature films, documentaries and photography. They were also informed by my comparative work with Scandinavian colleagues, through which I examined the histories of family policy-making in British, Sweden and Danish welfare states and the gendered legacies and norms that continue to inform policy and practice into the 21st century.
Publications based on my historical research cover such issues as teenage girls’ sexuality, children in care, child abduction and child migration, while my research on contemporary Britain has focused on questions of childhood poverty and disadvantage and also the methodological and ethical challenges of such work. My most recent book is Couple Relationships in the 21st Century: Research, Policy and Practice, co-authored with Jacqui Gabb and published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.
My research remains focused on childhood and personal relationships, in the recent past and the present day, and is overlaid with questions about research ethics and a commitment to public engagement in the research process.
I continue to work with Professor Jacqui Gabb (The Open University) on qualitative data from the Enduring Love? study. We are currently examining how the history of emotions has shaped contemporary understandings of marriage and couple relationships. I am collaborating with Professor Helen Lomax (University of Huddersfield) on research concerned with the ethical dilemmas of working with children and young people using participatory visual research methods and also the methodological challenges of working with ‘found images’ in the media. Using data gathered as part of a project funded by the University of Huddersfield, titled Portraits of School Life, I am exploring the nature of children’s emotional interactions across their schools’ internal and external landscapes.
Gabb, J. and Fink, J. (2018) Couple Relationships in the 21st Century. Research, Policy, Practice . Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-59697-6
Fink, J. and Tinkler, P. (2017) ‘Teetering on the edge: portraits of innocence, risk and young female sexualities in 1950s and 1960s British cinema’ Women's history review , 26 (1), pp. 9-25. ISSN 0961-2025
Fink, J. and Lomax, H. (2016) ‘Sharing images, spoiling meanings? class, gender, and ethics in visual research with girls’ Girlhood Studies , 9 (3), pp. 20-36. ISSN 1938-8209
Doolittle, M., Fink, J. and Holden, K. (2016) ‘Blood, Contract and Intimacy: History and Practice with Leonore Davidoff’ Gender and History , 28 (2), pp. 288-298. ISSN 0953-5233
Fink, J (2016) ‘Interrogating visual narratives of child poverty’. In: Childcare policies and the issues of inequality, 3rd June 2016, University of Tampere, Finland
Fink, J (2016) ‘Disclosing, withholding and managing emotions in research encounters with hard to reach couples’. In: Institute of Health and Wellbeing Lunchtime Seminar, 11th May 2016, University of Northampton
Fink, J (2016) ‘The emotional landscapes of school: Childrens journeys through time and space’. In: Innovative Research Methods with Children and Young People, 25th April 2016, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Gabb, J. and Fink, J. (2015) ‘Telling Moments and Everyday Experience: Mixed Methods Research on Couple Relationships and Everyday Lives’ Sociology , 49 (5), pp. 970-987. ISSN 0038-0385
Fink, J (2015) ‘Tracing the diverse narratives of self in relationship research: insights from a multiple methods approach’. In: Constructing and Deconstructing Selfhood ESRC Wales DTC Workshops, 30th April 2015, Cardiff University
Gabb, J. and Fink, J. (2015) Couple Relationships in the 21st Century . Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life. : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137434425
Fink, J. and Lomax, H. (2014) ‘Challenging images? Dominant, residual and emergent meanings in on-line media representations of child poverty’ Journal for the study of British cultures , 21 (1), pp. 79-95.
Fink, J. and Gabb, J. (2014) ‘Configuring generations: cross-disciplinary perspectives’ Families, Relationships and Societies , 3 (3), pp. 459-463. ISSN 2046-7435
Fink, J. and Gabb, J. (2013) ‘Enduring love? Couple relationships in the 21st century’ Discover Society .
Fink, J (2013) ‘Representing family troubles through the 20th century’. In: Family troubles?. Bristol: Policy Press. pp. 35-44. ISBN 9781447304432
Fink, J (2012) ‘"They don't really care what happens to me": divorce, family life and children's emotional worlds in 1950s' British cinema’. In: Portrayals of Children in Popular Culture: Fleeting Images. New York: Lexington Books. pp. 153-169. ISBN 0739167480
Fink, J (2012) ‘Questions of innocence and guilt: child abduction and the representation of mothers in post-war British cinema’ Families, Relationships and Societies , 1 (2), pp. 191-206. ISSN 2046-7435
Fink, J. and Lomax, H. (2012) ‘Inequalities, images and insights for policy and research’ Critical Social Policy , 32 (1), pp. 3-10. ISSN 0261-0183
Fink, J (2012) ‘Walking the neighbourhood, seeing the small details of community life: Reflections from a photography walking tour’ Critical Social Policy , 32 (1), pp. 31-50. ISSN 0261-0183
Fink, J., de Jong, A. and Langan, M. (2011) ‘New challenges or different opportunities? Voluntary adoption agencies and the shifting terrain of childcare services’ Voluntary Sector Review , 2 (2), pp. 177-191. ISSN 2040-8056
Lomax, H., Fink, J., Singh, N. and High, C. (2011) ‘The politics of performance: methodological challenges of researching childrens experiences of childhood through the lens of participatory video’ International Journal of Social Research Methodology , 14 (3), pp. 231-243. ISSN 1364-5579
Fink, J (2011) ‘For Better or for Worse? The Dilemmas of Unmarried Motherhood in Mid?Twentieth?Century Popular British Film and Fiction’ Women's History Review , 20 (1), pp. 145-160. ISSN 0961-2025
Lomax, H. and Fink, J. (2010) ‘Interpreting images of motherhood: the contexts and dynamics of collective viewing’ Sociological Research Online , 15 (3). ISSN 1360-7804
Fink, J. and Lundqvist, A. (2010) Changing Relations of Welfare Family, Gender and Migration in Britain and Scandinavia . Aldershot: Ashgate. ISBN 978-0-7546-7893-9
Fink, J. and Holden, K. (2010) ‘Paradoxes of gender and marital status in mid-twentieth century Britain and Scandinavia’. In: Changing Relations of Welfare. Aldershot: Ashgate. pp. 87-108. ISBN 9780754678939
Fink, J. and Lundqvist, A. (2009) Välfärd, genus och familj . : Liber. ISBN 978-9147088799
Fink, J. and Holden, K. (2009) ‘Familjeansvar bland ensamstående: paradoxer i 1900-talets brittiska socialpolitik’. In: Välfärd, genus och familj. : Liber. pp. 115-144. ISBN 978-91-47-08879-9
Fink, J (2008) ‘Inside a hall of mirrors: residential care and the shifting constructions of childhood in mid?twentieth?century Britain’ Paedagogica Historica , 44 (3), pp. 287-307. ISSN 0030-9230
Clarke, J. and Fink, J. (2008) ‘Unsettled attachments: national identity, citizenship and welfare’. In: Culture and Welfare State: Values and Social Policy in Comparative Perspective. : Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. pp. 225-244. ISBN 9781845423896
Fink, J (2007) ‘Children of empire’ Cultural Studies , 21 (6), pp. 847-865. ISSN 0950-2386
Fink, J (2005) ‘Welfare, Poverty and Social Inequalities’. In: A Companion to Contemporary Britain 19392000. : Wiley. pp. 263-280. ISBN 9780631220404
Lewis, G. and Fink, J. (2004) ‘All that heaven allows: The worker citizen in the post war welfare state’. In: Citizenship: Personal Lives and Social Policy. : Policy Press. pp. 39-83. ISBN 9781861345219
Fink, J (2004) Care: Personal Lives and Social Policy . : Policy Press. ISBN 978-1861345196
Fink, J (2004) ‘Questions of care’. In: Care: Personal Lives and Social Policy. : Policy Press. pp. 1-42. ISBN 9781861345196
Fink, J (2004) ‘Care: meanings, identitites and morality’. In: Care: Personal Lives and Social Policy. : Policy Press. pp. 145-158. ISBN 9781861345196
Corti, L., Thompson, P. and Fink, J. (2004) ‘Preserving, Sharing and Reusing Data from Qualitative Research’. In: Essential Guide to Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research. : Sage. pp. 288-300. ISBN 9780761948872
Fink, J (2002) ‘Europe's Cold Shoulder: Migration and Welfare in Fortress Europe’ Soundings (21), pp. 119-132.
Fink, J (2002) ‘Private Lives, Public Issues. Moral Panics and 'the Family' in 20th-Century Britain’ Journal for the Study of British Cultures , 9 (2), pp. 135-148.
Lewis, G., Fink, J. and Clarke, J. (2001) ‘Introduction: Transitionsa and trajectories in European welfare’. In: Rethinking European Welfare. : SAGE Publications Ltd. pp. 1-29. ISBN 9780761972792
Fink, J (2001) ‘Silence, absence and elision in analyses of "the family" in European social policy’. In: Rethinking European Welfare: Transformations of Europe and Social Policy. : SAGE Publications Ltd. pp. 163-179. ISBN 9780761972785
Charlesworth, J. and Fink, J. (2001) ‘Historians and Social-Science Research Data: the Peter Townsend Collection’ History Workshop Journal , 2001 (51), pp. 206-219. ISSN 1363-3554
Fink, J., Lewis, G. and Clarke, J. (2001) Rethinking European Welfare: Transformations of European Social Policy . : SAGE Publications Ltd. ISBN 9780761972785
Fink, J (2000) ‘Natural Mothers, Putative Fathers, and Innocent Children: The Definition and Regulation of Parental Relationships Outside Marriage, in England, 1945-1959’ Journal of Family History , 25 (2), pp. 178-195. ISSN 0363-1990
Fink, J. and Holden, K. (1999) ‘Pictures from the Margins of Marriage: Representations of Spinsters and Single Mothers in the mid-Victorian Novel, Inter-war Hollywood Melodrama and British Film of the 1950s and 1960s’ Gender and History , 11 (2), pp. 233-255. ISSN 0953-5233
Davidoff, L., Doolittle, M., Fink, J. and Holden, K. (1998) The Family Story: Blood, Contract and Intimacy . : Longman. ISBN 978-0582303508
Guest editor - Themed Journal Issues:
Peer review of articles: Children and Society; Families, Relationships and Societies; Social Policy and Society; Policy Studies; Women’s History Review; Journal of Contemporary British History; Journal of European Women’s Studies; Sociology
Peer review of book manuscripts/proposals: The Policy Press; Routledge; Oxford University Press; Polity
Book reviews: Sociology; History of Education; Gender and History; Women’s History Review; Oral History; The Journal of Family History; Work, Employment and Society; History of Education
Areas for Research Supervision
Completed Postgraduate Research Supervision
Shorter Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP): Mapping the Future of the UK Childcare Sector (St Francis Children’s Society and The Open University) (2009 - 2010)