Ceridwen Roberts

Ceridwen Roberts

Ceridwen trained as sociologist at Bristol University and Imperial College and was lecturer in industrial sociology at Trent Polytechnic. She has in the past worked for the departments of employment and education.

Perviously she has been a member of the Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy (OXFLAP), the director of the Family Policy Studies Centre, and Chair of the Advisory Committee of the UK Centre for Longitudinal Studies. She held several advisory board memberships amongst other in the Nuffield Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and  the Lord Chancellor’s Department’s Advisory Group on Marriage and Relationship Support. 

She is a member in the council of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) and sits on the board of the Social Research Association. She is an academic expert on the Advisory Board for the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-social Change and the Strategic Research Board of the ESRC council.

She was the UK expert on the European Commission’s Observatory on the Social Situation, Demography and Family (1998-2004).

In 2013 she was awarded an OBE for her services to social sciences.


Ceridwen Roberts' research interests are in changing nature of family life and the interplay between family change and public policy. 

Most notably in the past she has been co-author of the Women in Employment study in 1984 the first survey to look into the experiences of women in the workplace.

Fehlberg, Belinda and Smyth, Bruce and Maclean Mavis and Roberts, Ceridwen (2011) "Legislating for Shared Time Parenting after Separation: A Research Review", International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 25: 3 318-337. doi: 10.1093/lawfam/ebr015

Lewis, Janet and Roberts, Ceridwen (2009) "Ethics in Social Science: Regulation, Review or Scrutiny? Report of a Conference on 11 May 2009 Organized Jointly by the Social Research Association and the Academy of Social Sciences", Research Ethics 5 117-119. doi: 10.1177/174701610900500311

Martin, Jean, and Roberts, Ceridwen (2008) "Putting women on the research agenda: the 1980 Women and Employment Survey", Scott, Jacqueline and Dex, Shirley and Joshi, Heather ed.,Women and Employment: Changing Lives and New Challenges. Cheltenham and Northampton (MA.): Edward Elgar Publishing, 119-136

Ginn, Jay and Arber, Sara and Brannen, Julia and Dale, Angela and Dex, Shirley and Elias, Peter and Moss, Peter and Pahl, Jan and Roberts, Ceridwen and Rubery, Jill (1996) "Feminist fallacies: a reply to Hakim on women's employment.", British Journal of Sociology 47: 1 167-174. URL: www.jstor.org/stable/591122

Clarke, Lynda and Roberts, Ceridwen  "Family structure and family policy in practice", Wadsworth, Michael and Bynner John ed.,A Companion to Life Course Studies: The Social and Historical Context of the British Birth Cohort Studies . New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 43-68

Other Outputs

Women and Employment, a Lifetime Perspective: The Report of the 1980 DE/OPCS Women and Employment Survey.. Martin, Jean, and Ceridwen Roberts. (1984). Women and Employment, a Lifetime Perspective: The Report of the 1980 DE/OPCS Women and Employment Survey.- Social Survey Division, Office of Population Censuses and Surveys; Social Science Branch, Dept. of Employment. Published by HM Stationery Office, London, 1984.