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Biography

Simon Duncan is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Social Policy at the University of Bradford. 

Brought up in Northern Ireland and Huddersfield, Duncan was an undergraduate at Cambridge University. Starting doctoral studies at Lund University, Sweden, he took his PhD at Cambridge. Following lectureships in geography at Sussex University and the London School of Economics, Duncan joined the University of Bradford in 1995.  He has also held fellowships at the University of Manchester , Sussex University, and Lund. He was Assistant Director of the LSE Gender Institute and Chair of the NetworkGender inequality and the European regions. Overall, he has been Principal Investigator on 23 funded research projects and networks, from ESRC, British Academy, Nuffield, European Science Foundation, Swedish Council for Building Research, and Bradford City Council.

Research

My major current research interests is in families, relationships, and personal life. Recent projects have examined living apart together (LAT); weddings, marital name change; the changing nature of personal life since the 1950s; teenage motherhood; and motherhood, care and employment. Previous research projects looked at gender geographies, the local state, and comparative housing provision in Europe.