Professor Dame Janet Finch
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
Janet Finch joined the Morgan Centre in summer 2010 from Keele University, where she was Vice Chancellor since 1995. Before that Janet was at Lancaster University, where she was Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Social Relations.
Professor Finch was awarded a CBE in 1999 and DBE in 2008, both for services to social science. She has also been involved at national level in a range of policy-making bodies related to higher education, including Research Council funding, equal opportunities and quality assurance. Between 2007 and 2011 she was independent Co-Chair of the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, the Government's most senior advisory body for science and research.
Currently Janet is Chair of Main Panel C (Social Science) for the Research Excellence Framework 2014. She also Chairs the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Life Study, the UK's new birth cohort study.
Professor Finch's research expertise lies principally in studies of family relationships, especially relationships across generations. She has held a number of research grants and published extensively on this, and related topics.
Finch J and Mason J (2000), Passing On: Kinship and Inheritance in England , Routledge
Finch, J. (2011) 'Exploring the concept of display in family relationships' in Dermott, E. and Seymour, J. (eds.) Displaying Families: a new concept for the sociology of family life. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 197-205
Finch, J. (2006) 'Kinship as 'Family' in Contemporary Britain' in Ebetehaj, F., Lindley, B. and Richards, M. (eds) Kinship Matters, Hart Publishing Ltd, Oxford, pp. 293-306
Finch, J. (2004) 'Feminism and qualitative research' in International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Vol 7, No. 1, pp. 56-64 [Special issue: Thompson, P. and Corti, L.(eds.), Celebrating Classic Sociology]
Finch, J. (2004) 'Inheritance and intergenerational relationships in English families' in Harper, S. (ed.) Families in Ageing Societies: a multi-disciplinary approach, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 164-175
Finch, J. (2003) 'The State and the Family' in Cunningham-Burley, S. and Jamieson, L. (eds.) Families and the State, London, Palgrave, pp. 29-44
Finch, J. (2008) 'Naming Names: Kinship, Individuality and Personal Names' Sociology Vol 42, No. 4, pp. 709.-725
Finch, J. (2007) 'Displaying Families' Sociology, Vol. 41, No.1, pp.65-81
Finch, J. (2004) 'Family policy and civil registration: an analysis of the White Paper 'Civil Registration: Vital Change'' Journal of Social Policy, Vol. 33, No.2, pp. 249-266
Finch, J. and Morgan, D. (2002) 'Generations and heritage: reflections on the Queen Mother's funeral' Sociological Research Online, Vol 7, No.1