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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 research interests are founded on the an ethic of care. He has developed research into the voices of usually silenced or silent groups including in the arena of maternal and child health. He has received grants from the University of Huddersfield / Research England to develop interdisciplinary, international projects involing research in the UK, South Africa and Zambia. This includes work with colleagues at the University of Western Cape on family capabilities for moving vulnerable groups from adversity to thriving. Jim was 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, and the Human Development and Capabilities Association.


Research Expertise and Interests

  • Institutional ethnography
  • The ethic of care
  • Children and childhood
  • Education and wellbeing
  • Researcher reflexivity

External positions

Member, British Educational Research Association

Mar 2016 → …


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