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Research interests

Daniel Monk's research has explored a wide range of issues relating to families, children, education and sexuality.

He is currently undertaking research funded by the Nuffield Foundation about siblings in public law proceedings.  For more information, see the Nuffield project page for "Siblings, contact and the law: an overlooked relationship?"

His research about inheritance examines the interface between law and kinship and draws on a variety of methods: doctrinal, qualitative empirical research, archival and historical.

His research relating to childhood and education has explored school exclusions, sex education, homophobic bullying, dress codes, home-education and early-years education.

Drawing on a variety of theoretical and socio-legal perspectives his work locates these issues within broader political and cultural contexts, engages critically with discourses of ‘children's rights’, and attempts to create a dialogue between 'child law' and the 'sociology of childhood'.

He advises and works with a number of public agencies into issues relating to home-education, children's rights and criminal justice and sexuality.

Research and teaching visits

  • Faculty of Law, Antwerp University (Spring 2014)
  • Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University (Sept – Dec 2011)
  • Law Department, Melbourne University (May-June 2000)
  • Frankfurt/M University (December 2000, Erasmus exchange scheme)

Other associations and work

  • Editorial Board member, Education and the Law (Jordans)
  • Assistant Editor, Child and Family Law Quarterly
  • Advisory Editor, International Journal of Law in Context
  • Co-Chair, Advisory Board, AHRC Centre for Gender, Sexuality and the Law (2005-2009)
  • Treasurer, Socio-Legal Studies Association (2005-2010)
  • Director, Birkbeck Institute of Gender and Sexuality (2013 - 2015)

Prizes, awards, research grants

  • Nuffield Foundation: "Siblings, contact and the law: an overlooked relationship?" (April 2017 - October 2018)
  • Onati International Institute for Sociology of Law Academic Workshop: ‘Wealth, Families and Death: Socio-Legal Perspectives on Wills and Inheritance’ (2013)
  • SLSA Small Grant: Will Writing for Lesbians and Gays (2010)
  • ESRC Seminar Series Award (2005-6): Socio Legal Aspects of HIV/AIDS (co-recipient with Keele University, George House Trust, SIGMA Research).
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Article Prize, 2001
  • British Academy Overseas Travel Grant, March 1999
  • Keele University Junior Research Award, October 2000-January 2001

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