November 12, 2018 | News | Suessmilch Lecture

Understanding The Social Polarisation of Family Experience in the UK

On November 20, 2018 Ann Berrington from the University of Southampton, UK, will give a talk about Social Polarisation of Family Experience in the UK.

What is the talk about?

The UK, like all western countries has seen rapid changes in family formation and dissolution since the 1970s: changes in fertility timing and quantum, increased cohabitation and non-marital births, and rising rates of separation and re-partnering. These changes are all inter-linked and this paper uses findings from some of my recent research within the ESRC Centre for Population Change to provide new insight into how socio-economic differentials in cumulative experiences of family life course differ across birth cohorts, to offer some possible explanations for the apparent social polarisation, and to speculate about future trends.

About the speaker

Ann Berrington is a Professor of Demography at the University of Southampton and joint Head of Department of Social Statistics and Demography. She also co-leads the Fertility and Family strand of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre for Population Change (CPC). Her research interests concern transitions to adulthood, partnership and family formation and dissolution, and how these are associated with socio-economic inequalities across the life course. She is currently PI for an ESRC-CPC project examining Family Dynamics and Inequality. She is an invited member of the Office for National Statistics Expert Group for National Population Projections, and the Understanding Society Scientific Advisory Group.

Time and Venue

Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 3 p.m., in the institute's Auditorium.

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.