Following Young Fathers Further comprises a collaborative partnership between the University of Lincoln and national organisations with expertise in supporting young fathers and their families. We are proud to be supported by these fantastic organisations. We are also working with a number of national and international academic partners.

If you work for an organisation that supports young fathers or is keen to develop good practice in this direction, please get in touch with study Director Dr Anna Tarrant and sign up to our newsletter for regular updates. In addition, if you know of a young father who may benefit from participating in the research, we encourage you to get in touch.

Project funder and institutional affiliation

Grimsby Dads Collective



Diverse Dads


International collaboration: researching young fatherhood in Sweden.

With academic partners, Prof. Thomas Johannson and Dr Jesper Andreasson we are internationalising young fatherhood research and developing comparative analyses in two different welfare contexts. Thomas and Jesper have identified and conducted interviews with ten young fathers in Sweden.

Thomas (pictured on the right) is Professor of Education, at the University of Göteborg, Sweden. He has published extensively and on a wide range of topics in the field of gender studies, including on the sociology of sport and fitness (with Jesper Andreasson), youth transitions and fatherhood. Jesper (pictured on the left) has written mainly in the field of gender studies, the sociology of sport and gym/fitness culture. He has published articles in journals such as Journal of Ethnography and Education, Journal of Men’s studies, Journal of Sport, Education and Society, and SAGE Open.

Thomas’ Staff Website

Jesper’s Staff Website

Academic advisory board

An academic advisory group for the project will meet annually to discuss the project direction. Information and contact details of the key individuals and organisations that will contribute to this group are listed below.

Core advisory members

Emeritus Prof. Bren Neale. Director of Following Young Fathers and Timescapes, University of Leeds.

Alison Hadley OBE, Director of the Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange,,

Dr Kahryn Hughes, Associate Professor in Sociology/Director of the Timescapes Archive, University of Leeds,

Dr Ruth Patrick, Lecturer in Social Policy & Social Work, University of York.

Dr Julie Bayley, Director of Research Impact Development, University of Lincoln,

Affiliated Organisations and network

Future Men
Contact: Owen Thomas

Caring Dads, Leeds
Contact: Matt Tattersly
Twitter: @CaringDadsLeeds

If you are a national organisation providing support for, or working with, young fathers in the UK, we would like to invite you to become a member of our research network. Please get in touch by visiting our Contact page if you would like to sign up for updates and/or be recognised as a project affiliate.