ESFR is an interdisciplinary scientific association for European research on families and family relations. Its purpose is to serve as a network, to support and to link family research as well as to exchange its results. It has been established as a federation of family researchers and of family research institutes within Europe in the first place, but ESFR also welcomes researchers and institutes outside of Europe as affiliates.

10th ESFR Conference postponed

on vrijdag, 03 april 2020.

Given the unprecedented uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic and its likely persistence around the world throughout the summer and beyond, we feel we have no alternative but to postpone the 10th ESFR Conference which was due to take place in Oxford between the 26 - 29th August 2020. The conference will now take place a year later, from 18-21st August 2021.
For those who have submitted an Abstract for the 2020 conference, these will be retained and automatically considered for the 2021 conference. A new date for Abstract Submission for the 2021 conference will be announced in the autumn.


on woensdag, 15 januari 2020.


Researchers from different backgrounds and at all career stages are invited to discuss their latest research projects with an interdisciplinary and international audience.

We welcome sociological, psychological, educational, anthropological, demographic, economic, gerontological, political, legal and social work perspectives on families, personal lives and global change.

Abstracts are invited for the following forms of presentation: Oral Symposium, Oral Presentation and Poster Session.

More information:

10th ESFR Conference, Oxford. August 26-29th, 2020

on woensdag, 16 oktober 2019.

Sustainable Relationships? Families, Personal Lives and Global Change

‘Sustainable relationships’ can be understood in multiple ways, from micro everyday familial practices to macro and global level contexts and shifts. But whatever the level of focus, relationships are lived against an increasingly precarious backdrop resulting from environmental changes, which have implications for how and where lives are lived. However, connections between family lives and environmental actions are not often explicitly drawn in family-focused research. Individuals and families are not carbon-neutral, yet few of the many social science researchers writing about familial relationships and personal lives address elements of climate change and sustainability. The 10th ESFR conference will be an opportunity to examine these issues, alongside other challenges currently being explored by researchers working on families and relationships from a range of perspectives.

Social science researchers are well placed to engage their work to examine more sustainable practices as family lives and relationships are examined. It is timely then to consider the ways in which families and personal relationships are multiply engaged in producing or inhibiting the possibilities of a more sustainable and equitable planet and more equitable relationships. European societies continue to be confronted with many challenges such as inequalities, the integration of new migrants and refugee families, welfare ‘restructuring’, extended care needs and responsibilities in aging populations, while a commitment to ‘family’ and ‘intimate relationships’ remain major areas of life investment for individuals – and debate.

At this 10th ESFR conference, researchers from different backgrounds and at all career stages are invited to discuss their latest research projects with an interdisciplinary and international audience. We welcome sociological, psychological, educational, anthropological, demographic, economic, gerontological, political, legal and social work perspectives on families, personal lives and global change. Presentations will encompass a broad range of topics related to family life including, but not limited to:

Family forms

• Families and choices
• Reproductive choices – e.g. Childfree, Surrogacy, Reproductive ‘tourism’
• Family diversity
• Family performances and display
• Parents/parenting/parenthood
• Grandparents/grandparenting/grandparenthood
• Intergenerational relations
• Family separation
• Friendships
• Family traditions and heritage
• Coupledom
• Intimacy
• Personal lives

Ecological and societal change

• Climate change and implications for transnational family lives
• Reducing familial carbon footprints
• Welfare states and climate change/sustainability
• Sustainability practices in households
• Socioeconomic inequalities
• Care, welfare and sustainable practices
• Family practices which produce or inhibit the possibilities of a more sustainable and equitable planet

Doing family across borders

• Mobile families
• Transnational families
• Migration and refugee family movements and ‘integrations’
• New technologies and family relations

Gender and sexuality

• Sexual and reproductive health
• Sexual and gender diversity
• Femininities
• Masculinities
• Theorising gender

Family practices across the life course

• Families and consumption
• Families and feeding
• Emerging adulthood
• Ageing
• Intimacies and couple relations
• Caring responsibilities
• Fatherhood and motherhood
• Children development and education
• Paid work and family life
• Family policy
• Impact of social media and technologies in family life
• Disruptive family processes

Methodological and ethical issues/innovations in family research



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