What our research is trying to achieve
In 2013, the Judith Lumley Centre received a major gift from Mrs Roberta Holmes to fund an innovative new research program to identify the best ways to support mothers and fathers in their roles as parents.
This inter-disciplinary program aims to:
- identify the key challenges facing parents in contemporary society
- develop strategies to prepare women and men for parenting
- help parents to support their children's healthy development and wellbeing.
The program seeks to support and inform public debate around contemporary parenthood and the use of evidence-informed policies and practices to support better outcomes for parents and children.
Some of our research areas include:
- enhancing understanding of mothers' and fathers' needs and experiences during pregnancy and early parenting
- identifying the patterns of parenting associated with optimal outcomes for children across the early life course
- examining the role of new technologies, and seeking innovative opportunities to strengthen supports to parents through the institutions and communities that comprise their everyday environments.