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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 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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