Margaret O’Brien

Margaret O’Brien

University College London

Margaret is a Professor of Child and Family Policy at the University College London. For over 30 years she has conducted extensive research on fathers and family life with a focus on work-family policies, parenting and family support. Since 2015 she has become one of the co-ordinators of the International Network on Leave Policies and Research. Her first book on fatherhood The Father Figure (Tavistock) was published in 1982. Since then she has published widely in academic and policy journals including contributing to the first UN report on male roles Men in Families and Family Policy in a Changing World in 2011. Her recent research project Modern Fatherhood is funded by the ESRC with a new book Comparative Perspectives on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality: Fathers on Leave alone (Springer) published in 2017.