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Children and Childhoods Institutional ethnography The ethic of care


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Personal profile


Jim Reid joined the University in September 2008 and his teaching and research is in the sociology of childhood and families in the Department of Education and Community Studies.

Subsequent to social work practice with children and their families and as a social work manager he took up a post with the University of Teesside where he taught social work before managing the social work programmes at that University. During this period Jim worked with UNICEF if Central Asia in developing academic infrastructure and practices.

As a member of the Huddersfield Centre for Research in Education and Society (HUDCRES), Jim’s rresearch interests have focussed on the political ethic of care. He has developed research into the sociology of maternal and child health including the utility of Finnish ‘baby boxes’. He has received three grants from the University of Huddersfield / Research England to develop two interdisciplinary, international projects involing research in the UK, Finland, Vietnam and Zambia. Jim is Co-I on an AHRC funded urgency grant - UKRI GCRF 'Life-saving Lullabies: Reducing maternal and infant mortality in Zambia.'

He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, founding convenor of the Children and Childhoods SIG at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and a member of the BERA conference and events committee. He is a member of the International Sociological Association and the International Society for the Prevention of Infant Deaths.


Research Expertise and Interests

  • Institutional ethnography
  • The political ethic of care
  • Childhood
  • Sociology of maternal and child health
  • Researcher reflexivity

External positions

Member, British Educational Research Association

Mar 2016 → …

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Research Output

Book review: Seeking wisdom in adult education and learning, edited by Wilma Fraser

Reid, J., 2019, In : Studies in the Education of Adults. 51, 1, p. 149-150 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

  • Open Access
  • Institutional Ethnography in Education

    Russell, L. & Reid, J., 9 Sep 2019, Sage Research Methods Foundations. Atkinson, P., Delamont, S., Cernat, A., Sakshaug, J. W. & Williams, R. A. (eds.). SAGE Publications

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  • Perspectives on and from Institutional Ethnography

    Reid, J. (ed.) & Russell, L. (ed.), 15 Nov 2017, Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. 192 p. (Studies in Qualitative Methodology; vol. 15)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Activities

    Bristol University Press (Publisher)

    Jim Reid (Reviewer)
    Nov 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    International Journal of Social Research Methodology (Journal)

    Jim Reid (Reviewer)
    Oct 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2019

    Jim Reid (Participant)
    10 Sep 201912 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Grant review for ESRC

    Jim Reid (Participant)
    15 Jul 20195 Aug 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesGrant peer-review

    Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

    Jim Reid (Reviewer)
    8 Jan 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    Press / Media

    Baby box: child welfare experts say use of sleep boxes could potentially put infants’ lives at risk

    Jim Reid, Debbie Watson, Helen Ball & Pete Blair


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment