The Morgan Centre was established in 2005 as a focus for research in the fields of personal life, contemporary relationships and socialities.
- To become a centre of excellence for research in the field of personal life and relationships.
- To develop collaborative research projects with colleagues across the University of Manchester and elsewhere.
- To encourage and foster new directions in theorising contemporary family and personal life.
- To become a resource for researchers in universities and NGOs through our seminars, conferences and website.
- To teach and supervise students in the field and associated areas.
The Morgan Centre is named after Emeritus Professor David Morgan in order to celebrate his life-long commitment and contribution to the sociology of families and relationships.
Our name also indicates that we are committed to developing new theoretical perspectives on personal life and intimacy, as well as pursuing new directions in empirical research.
The Centre is based in Sociology in the School of Social Science, but is seeking to work collaboratively with colleagues from other disciplines and to develop both interdisciplinary work and joint research projects.
The Centre is also closely associated with the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Node ‘Realities’.
The concept of 'personal life' covers many potential issues within the field of intimacy, family and relationships. Our focus is on everyday life issues including sexuality, gender and generation but our methodological approaches and perspectives found in anthropology, history, cultural studies and socio-legal studies as well as within sociology.
We are developing a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the areas indicated above. We also welcome enquiries from postgraduate research students who wish to pursue a PhD in a related field.