‘Men, Poverty and Lifetimes of Care’ is a qualitative longitudinal research project, exploring change and continuities in the care responsibilities of men who are living on a low-income. Based at the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds it will examine the meanings, experiences and patterning of men’s care responsibilities over the life course; the challenges men face when providing care in contexts of constraint; and their support needs.

The study started in October 2014 and has been part funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the University of Leeds for 3.5 years. It is being conducted because we currently know very little about men’s care responsibilities within highly vulnerable families with complex and enduring needs, or how these accumulate and change over time. The main aim is to understand the impact that economic, social and material vulnerability has on their social and familial relationships and their interactions with a number of services over the life course. You can find out more about the project and the team at the about page.

The study is affiliated with two existing research studies from the ESRC Timescapes research programme. These are Following Young Fathers and Intergenerational Exchange.

We will be posting findings and project outputs as the project develops so watch this space!!


The project also has a dedicated Twitter account. If you are on Twitter please follow @menpovcare