Personal profile


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.


Research Expertise and Interests

  • Childhood 
  • Personal relationships


  • Sociology
  • Research Methodology
  • Sociology of Education

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Research Output 2000 2018

Couple Relationships in the 21st Century: Research, Policy, Practice

Gabb, J. & Fink, J. Jan 2018 Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.208 p. (Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

research policy
family therapy

Visual Ethnography: Reflections on Social Research Methods

Lomax, H., Fink, J. & Mannay, D. 2018 (Accepted/In press) Sage Encyclopedia of Research Methods. SAGE Publications, 34 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

social research
research method
visual material

Teetering on the Edge: Portraits of innocence, risk and young female sexualities in 1950s’ and 1960s' British cinema

Fink, J. & Tinkler, P. 2 Jan 2017 In : Women's History Review. 26, 1, p. 9-25 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
cultural history
social problem
2 Citations

Blood, Contract and intimacy: History and practice with leonore davidoff

Doolittle, M., Fink, J. & Holden, K. 1 Aug 2016 In : Gender and History. 28, 2, p. 288-298 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

1 Citations

Sharing images, spoiling meanings?: Class, gender, and ethics in visual research with girls

Fink, J. & Lomax, H. 1 Dec 2016 In : Girlhood Studies. 9, 3, p. 20-36 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

moral philosophy