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Julia Brannen Insitute of Education, University of London

Julia Brannen is Professor of Sociology of the Family at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London. She has carried out research in Britian and Europe for 35 years on families, children and young people, intergenerational relations and work-life issues. She has a special interest in methodology including mixed methods, cross-national research and biographical methods. Co-founder of The International Journal of Social Research she co-edited the journal for 17 years. Author of 17 books including Mixing Methods: Qualitative and Quantitave Research (Aldershot Gower 1992) and numerous articles on methodology, more recently she co-edited The SAGE Handbook of Social Research Methods (2008) and has contributed to The SAGE Handbook of Mixed Methods (2010.)