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Dr Michael Lambert

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Michael Lambert

Research overview

I am undertaking my first year of research as part of an ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre CASE (+3) Award in partnership with Community Futures; a charitable organization which seeks to frame policy and improve service delivery based in Preston. Community Futures posses an intimate connection with the project as they were formerly known as the Community Council of Lancashire, responsible for the management of a key component of the research: the Brentwood Recuperation Centre for Mothers and Children.

Thesis Title

'Troubled families: discourse, policy and intervention in the North West since 1939'

Thesis Outline

The primary aim of the thesis is to examine the current Conservative and Liberal Democract coalition Government’s 'troubled families' agenda in the context of continuity with historical discourses on the 'underclass.' The research has four main strands.

The first is to examine local authority attempts to tackle 'problem families' in the North West following the Second World War. The second is to reconstruct the history of the Brentwood Recuperation Centre for Mothers and Children in Marple, Stockport which formed a significant part of these activities. The third is to examine the current government discourses on 'troubled families.' The fourth part is to correlate these narratives to current government initiatives regarding the Family Intervention Projects and other policies in the region.

Supervised By

My main supervisor is Dr John Welshman at the University of Lancaster, a leading authority on public policy and the conception of the 'underclass.'

My co-supervisor is Professor Sally Sheard at the University of Liverpool, who is professor of the history of medicine, primarily concerned with history, public health and policy.

My other co-supervisor is Denise Partington, the chief executive of Community Futures.

Career Details

I gained a BA Hons First Class in Modern History and Politics from the University of Liverpool in 2008 where I was awarded a number of prizes for my academic involvement. These included the Sir Cyril Phillips Scholarship for outstanding intellectual contribution, the Edward Rathbone Prize for the highest mark in social and economic history and the Bibby University Undergraduate Scholarship all in 2007. I completed an MA with Distinction from the University of Sheffield in 2009

From 2009 I worked for Kier Sheffield LLP in partnership with the local authority for three years as an out-of-hours duty officer. It was these firsthand experiences and challenges that led to an interest in the collaborative project.

Research Grants

Economic and Social Research Council Northwest Doctoral Training Centre CASE (+3) award in collaboration with Community Futures.

Other Interests and Hobbies

In connection with some of my previous work, I possess a passionate and intimate knowledge of Spain and the Spanish Civil War; being a member of the International Brigades Memorial Trust for several years. I am also involved in promoting, publicising and popularising the activities of the Asociación para la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica in campaigning for the exhumation and identification of victims of political repression under Franco.

Current Teaching

I undertake an external teaching role as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Liverpool on the undergraduate module HIST105: History Matters.

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