Professor Clare Holdsworth

Title: Professor of Social Geography
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 7 33167
Email: c.m.holdsworth@keele.ac.uk
Location: William Smith Building : WS 1.30
Role:
Contacting me: Appointment by email, discussion by email or by phone
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I joined Keele in 2010 after over 15 years at the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester working in the Departments of Geography and the Centre for Census and Survey Research, respectively. My academic background is interdisciplinary: I read Human Sciences at Oxford, followed by an MA in Demography at the London School of Economics and a PhD in Geography at Liverpool.

My research interests focus on three main themes: family and intimate mobilities; entrepreneurship, citizenship and volunteering; and alcohol consumption over the life course.  All three themes incorporate both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, particularly biographical and longitudinal quantitative methods.

From 1st September 2018 my research activities will develop a new research agenda on the ‘Social Life of Busyness in an Age of De-acceleration’ funded by a three year Major Leverhulme Fellowship. This research will consider the dystopian and utopian qualities of busyness. The empirical research for this programme will be developed primarily through re-analysis of secondary qualitative data and self-help books on time management. Theoretically I intend to use this programme of research to develop the case for a non-teleological interpretation of everyday practices. My interest in non-teleological interpretations has been stimulated be previous research on young people’s volunteering and entrepreneurship that identified the importance of participants’ experiences of doing these activities, rather than intended outcomes. Research on young people’s entrepreneurship was funded by a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship.

My book Families and Intimate Mobilities, published as part of the Palgrave Macmillan series Family and Intimate life, explores synergies between the mobilities turn and family practices literature. This involves exploring how families are constructed by and in turn generate mobility and the social and cultural meanings of family mobility. I have published widely on students’ mobility and more recently have considered the relationship between students and local communities and how this impacts the student experience, including student volunteering. Research on alcohol consumption over the life course has considered the interplay between family practices, life course transitions and health outcomes. I was PI on an ESRC-funded project in collaboration with colleagues in Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL on Alcohol consumption, life course transitions and health in later life (2013-14). This project was funded as part of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative and used the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing to explore the relationship between drinking and health in old age. Completed research has considered the impact of parental smoking on family relationships, and the significance of family practices for young people socialisation to drinking.

I am currently a member of the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel (2014-18), and was previously a member of the ESRC Methods and Training Infrastructure Board (2008-12). I am also Vice-Chair of the EU Cost Action INTERFASOL: Intergenerational Family Solidarity across Europe (2014-18). I am on the editorial boards of Social and Cultural Geography, International Journal of Social Research Methodology; Population, Space and Place and Journal of Youth Studies.

Current PhD Students:

Tamsin Fisher. ESRC NWSSDTP 1+3 studentship. Young people’s wellbeing and autotelic practices: a narrative and go-along inquiry of youth activities.  

Laura Brennan. Gender, Migration and Intergenerational Mobility.

Pauline Mackrell. Migration, leisure and rurality.

Selected Publications

  • Holdsworth CM. 2018. Generic distinctiveness and the entrepreneurial self: a case study of English Higher Education. Journal of Youth Studies. doi> link> full text>
  • Holdsworth C, Mendonça M, Pikhart H, Frisher M, de Oliveira C, Shelton N. Is regular drinking in later life an indicator of good health? Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. J Epidemiol Community Health, vol. 70(8), 764-770. link> doi> full text>
  • Holdsworth C, Laverty L, Robinson J. 2017. "Drinking definitely wasn't something that we'd seen anybody do": the relevance of childhood experiences of family drinking for parenting strategies of alcohol socialisation. FAMILIES RELATIONSHIPS AND SOCIETIES, vol. 6(1), 37-52. link> doi> full text>
  • Holdsworth C. 2017. The cult of experience: standing out from the crowd in an era of austerity. AREA, vol. 49(3), 296-302. link> doi> full text>
  • Laverty L, Robinson J, Holdsworth C. 2015. Gendered forms of responsibility and control in teenagers' views of alcohol. JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES, vol. 18(6), 794-808. link> doi> full text>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Holdsworth C. 2013. Family and Intimate Mobilities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Holdsworth C, Finney N, Marshall A, Norman P. 2013. Population and Society. London: Sage. link>
  • Holdsworth C and Morgan D. 2005. Transitions in context. Open Univ Pr.

Journal Articles

  • Holdsworth CM. 2018. Generic distinctiveness and the entrepreneurial self: a case study of English Higher Education. Journal of Youth Studies. doi> link> full text>
  • Holdsworth C, Laverty L, Robinson J. 2017. Gender differences in teenage alcohol consumption and spatial practices. CHILDRENS GEOGRAPHIES, vol. 15(6), 741-753. link> doi> full text>
  • Holdsworth C, Mendonça M, Pikhart H, Frisher M, de Oliveira C, Shelton N. Is regular drinking in later life an indicator of good health? Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. J Epidemiol Community Health, vol. 70(8), 764-770. link> doi> full text>
  • Holdsworth C, Frisher M, Mendonça M, DE Oliveiria C, Pikhart H, Shelton N. 2017. Lifecourse transitions, gender and drinking in later life. Ageing Soc, vol. 37(3), 462-494. link> doi> full text>
  • Holdsworth C, Laverty L, Robinson J. 2017. "Drinking definitely wasn't something that we'd seen anybody do": the relevance of childhood experiences of family drinking for parenting strategies of alcohol socialisation. FAMILIES RELATIONSHIPS AND SOCIETIES, vol. 6(1), 37-52. link> doi> full text>
  • Frisher M, Mendonça M, Shelton N, Pikhart H, de Oliveira C, Holdsworth C. 2015. Is alcohol consumption in older adults associated with poor self-rated health? Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. BMC Public Health, vol. 15, 703. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C. 2017. The cult of experience: standing out from the crowd in an era of austerity. AREA, vol. 49(3), 296-302. link> doi> full text>
  • Laverty L, Robinson J, Holdsworth C. 2015. Gendered forms of responsibility and control in teenagers' views of alcohol. JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES, vol. 18(6), 794-808. link> doi> full text>
  • Hall SM and Holdsworth C. 2016. Family Practices, Holiday and the Everyday. MOBILITIES, vol. 11(2), 284-302. link> doi> full text>
  • Holdsworth CM and Brewis G. 2014. Volunteering, choice and control: a case study of higher education student volunteering. Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 17(2), 204-219. doi> full text>
  • Holdsworth C and Robinson J. 2013. Parental smoking and children's anxieties: an appropriate strategy for health education?. Children's Geographies, vol. 11(1), 102-116. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C and Quinn J. 2012. The Epistemological Challenge of Higher Education Student Volunteering: "Reproductive" or "Deconstructive" Volunteering?. Antipode, vol. 44(2), 386-405. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C and Quinn J. 2010. Student volunteering in English higher education. STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION, vol. 35(1), 113-127. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C. 2010. Why Volunteer? Understanding Motivations For Student Volunteering. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, vol. 58(4), 421-437. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C. 2009. Between Two Worlds: Local Students in Higher Education and 'Scouse'/Student Identities. POPULATION SPACE AND PLACE, vol. 15(3), 225-237. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C. 2009. 'Going away to uni': mobility, modernity, and independence of English higher education students. Environment and Planning A, vol. 41(8), 1849-1864. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C and Robinson JE. 2008. 'I've never ever let anyone hold the kids while they've got ciggies': moral tales of maternal smoking practices. Sociol Health Illn, vol. 30(7), 1086-1100. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C and Morgan D. 2007. Revisiting the generalized other: An exploration. SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, vol. 41(3), 401-417. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C. 2007. Intergenerational inter-dependencies: Mothers and daughters in comparative perspective. WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM, vol. 30(1), 59-69. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C. 2006. 'Don't you think you're missing out, living at home?' Student experiences and residential transitions. SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, vol. 54(3), 495-519. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C. 2005. 'When are the children going to leave home!': Family culture and delayed transitions in Spain. EUROPEAN SOCIETIES, vol. 7(4), 547-566. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C. 2004. Family support during the transition out of the parental home in Britain, Spain and Norway. SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, vol. 38(5), 909-926. link> doi>
  • Wathan J, Holdsworth C, Leeser R. 2004. Alternative household classifications for the 2001 Census. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING A, vol. 36(6), 1101-1123. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C, Voas D, Tranmer M. 2002. Leaving home in Spain: When, where and why?. REGIONAL STUDIES, vol. 36(9), 989-1004. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C and Solda MI. 2002. First housing moves in Spain: An analysis of leaving home and first housing acquisition. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF POPULATION-REVUE EUROPEENNE DE DEMOGRAPHIE, vol. 18(1), 1-19. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C and Elliott J. 2001. 'The timing of family formation in Britain and Spain'. SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE, vol. 6(2), U49-U72. link>
  • Holdsworth C. 1998. Dr John Thomas Arlidge and Victorian occupational medicine. Med Hist, vol. 42(4), 458-475. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C and Dale A. 1997. Ethnic differences in women's employment. WORK EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIETY, vol. 11(3), 435-457. link> doi>
  • Holdsworth C. 1997. Women's work and family health: Evidence from the Staffordshire Potteries, 1890-1920. CONTINUITY AND CHANGE, vol. 12, 103-+. link> doi>
  • Dale A and Holdsworth G. 1997. Issues in the analysis of ethnicity in the 1991 British Census: Evidence from microdata. ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES, vol. 20(1), 160-181. link> doi>

Chapters

  • Holdsworth CM. 2017. Life Course. In The International Encyclopedia of Geography. Wiley. doi>

Other

  • Holdsworth C. 2000. Leaving home in Britain and Spain. EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW (vol. 16, pp. 201-222). link> doi>
  • ESC-10035 Geographical Skills
  • GEG-10013 Human Geographies
  • GEG-10012 Practising Human Geography
  • ESC-20004 Advanced Systematic Geography
  • GEG-20016 Space, Time & Environment
  • GEG-20009 Geographical Research Training
  • GEG-20015 Space & Society
  • GEG-20018 Concepts & Debates in Geography
  • GEG-30006 Dissertation
  • GEG-xxxxx Families and Community