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RN13 - Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives

RN13 is “the network” of family sociologists in Europe


The purpose of RN13 Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives is to promote, encourage, sustain and support research on families and intimate lives of high quality within and between countries in the European context. RN13 also connects scholars, researchers and PhD students interested in research on families and intimate lives, particularly by regularly organising conferences and publications. It fosters the European scientific discourse and the exchange of ideas and results. Research topics within the theme of “families and intimate lives” are for example: family forms and their change in historical time or across the life-course, couple formation and marriage markets, marriage and cohabitation, multi-local families, multicultural and transnational families, same sex couples and LGBT parenting (“rainbow families”), family planning and fertility, infertility and reproductive technologies, work-family balance and work-family conflicts, gender differences and gender relations, parenting and parent child relations, mothering practices, fathering practices, family dissolution and post-divorce families, intergenerational relationships and kinship networks, elder care, cultural understandings of family, family policies and interventions, theories and methodologies of research on families, families in particular contexts such as disability and ill-health, poverty, domestic violence, or migration.

Coordinator: Isabella Crespi, University of Macerata, Italy,

Co-coordinator: Detlev Lueck,

Board members:

  • Anna-Maija Castrén, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Vida Cesnuityte, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Esther Dermott, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Pedro Romero Balsas, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Almudena Moreno, University of Valladolid, Spain
  • Steven Saxonberg, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Sara Mazzucchelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy
  • Ulrike Zartler, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Charlott Nyman, Umeå University, Sweden
  • Jacques-Antoine Gauthier, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Rita Gouveia, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Advisory board:

  • Gerardo Meil, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Giovanna Rossi, Catholic University of Milano, Italy
  • Eric Widmer, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Claude Martin, EHESP, Rennes, France
  • Sigtona Halrynjo, Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway
  • Karin Wall, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Elin Kvande, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Julia Brannen, Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Ulla Björnberg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden