No Such Thing as a Parenting Expert

Defending what matters about family life


I am a researcher, writer and lecturer, based in London. As a sociologist with a strong interest in family life, I have conducted research into contemporary single living, teenage pregnancy and parenthood, the regulation of fertility treatment, and the uses and abuses of biological thinking.

My new book, Neuroparenting: The Expert Invasion of Family Life, challenges the rise of neuroparenting – the argument that new knowledge emerging from neuroscience can tell us how to raise our children.

Before returning to academia to undertake a PhD in 2001, I set up and ran The Maverick Club, a roving club for ‘masterless, unorthodox’ individuals.