Since our launch in 2005, the Morgan Centre has established itself internationally as a centre of excellence for research in the fields of personal life, relationships, and everyday life.
The Centre brings together a dynamic group of researchers who are committed to breaking new empirical and theoretical ground in these areas, as well as developing innovative and creative methodologies for researching the subtleties and complexities of contemporary everyday lives and socialities.
The Morgan Centre is named after Professor David Morgan in celebration of his major contribution and life-long commitment to the sociology of families and relationships.
Originally named the Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life, in 2014 we changed our name to the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives to reflect the broadening scope of our research interests. David remains an important and inspirational member of the Centre.
We are interested in a diverse range of everyday life issues pertaining to the study of intimacy, relationships, and personal life. Our research is attuned to broader social changes within contemporary societies, and in recent years we have hosted cutting edge studies of civil partnerships and same sex marriage, the kinship implications of assisted reproductive technologies, and the growing incidence of shared living arrangements. Sexuality, gender, lifecourse and generation form cross-cutting themes in much of our work, with our methodological influences reflecting our diverse disciplinary backgrounds.
We also have a strong methodological strand to our research, reflected in the Centre having hosted two successive ‘Nodes’ of the ESRC’s flagship National Centre for Research Methods.
Our disciplinary base
The Morgan Centre is based in the discipline area of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, but the disciplinary backgrounds of our members are diverse, embracing social policy, social work, cultural studies, gender studies, anthropology, socio-legal studies, biology, and psychology. We also work collaboratively with colleagues from other discipline areas and research centres, to develop interdisciplinary work and joint research projects, and regularly welcome international visitors.
Our teaching portfolio includes undergraduate courses on The Sociology of Personal Life; The Sociology of Family and Intimacy; Gender, Sexuality and Culture; Self and Society; Power and Protest; Reproduction & New Medical Technologies; and The Sociology of Fashion. We also teach undergraduate and postgraduate methods courses, including a master's course on Creative Methods. We warmly welcome students who are interested in conducting PhD research in our areas of expertise.
As well as collaborating with other academics and researchers, we are committed to engaging with policy makers, practitioners, professionals and community groups to disseminate our research findings and to develop practical responses to them.