Research Team

Dr Anna Tarrant, Study Director

Anna TAnna is an Associate Professor in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Lincoln. Her research has broadly focused on men’s care responsibilities and support needs, particularly in low-income families. Her research has been funded by a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (2014-2018) and became affiliated to Following Young Fathers. This led to a Leeds Social Sciences Institute Impact Acceleration Account (2016-2017) funded impact project called ‘Responding to Young Fathers in a Different Way’, which supported developments in more effective support for young fathers. This project laid the groundwork for the development of the proposal for ‘Following Young Fathers Further’ and to the developments proposed in Strand Two of the study.

Contact: Anna Tarrant

LauraDr Laura Way, Research Fellow

Laura is a Research Fellow in Family Research in the School of Social and Political Science. Laura has expertise in qualitative research methods, with a particular interest in creative research methodologies. She is particularly interested in social ageing, gender across the life-course, and subcultural participation. Laura’s PhD utilised a feminist methodology to explore the construction and maintenance of punk identities amongst older women.


Linzi Ladlow, Research Fellow

Linzi is a Research Fellow in Family Research in the School of Social and Political Science. Linzi has substantive interests in young parenthood, youth transitions, housing and the life course. She has expertise in qualitative longitudinal methods of research. Linzi previously worked as a Research Assistant on the ‘Following Young Fathers’ baseline study at the University of Leeds. Her PhD research is a qualitative longitudinal study of disadvantaged young parents and their housing pathways.


Ben Handysides,  Research Administrator

Ben is the Research Administrator for Following Young Fathers Further, providing communications, budget management and events-related support for the project. Ben has a background in social science and is currently working on his MSc by Research in Psychology at the University of Lincoln. Ben’s primary research interest is in Autism Spectrum Conditions, with a particular focus on the positive aspects of the condition. As a young father himself, Ben’s research field has expanded further into child development and related areas, including language development, construction of gender, and mental health in children and parents.