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Prof Carol Smart - research

Research interests

Specific research interests:

Carol's main interest over recent years has been family life and intimacy and the ways in which people conduct their personal lives. She has carried out research on divorce and seperation and how this affects couples, children and wider kin; she has also focused on high conflict and how people can become enmeshed in protracted and negative relationships. From 2011 - 13 she was engaged in an ESRC project on gay and lesbian civil partnership which resulted in a book with Brian Heaphy and Anna Einarsdottir in 2013. And in 2014 she concluded another ESRC project on Donor Conception with Petra Nordqvist. Almost all of her research has had a socio-legal angle to it as well as a more straightforward sociological perspective. This reflects Carol's longstanding interest in how law influences personal lives and also how and why law is seen as a solution to personal dilemmas. Other recent research projects include a study on friendship and family secrets.