Professor Ann Buchanan

Professor Ann Buchanan

Ann Buchanan is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Social Policy and Social Intervention, Emeritus Professor of Social Work and Supernumerary Fellow of St Hilda’s College.  Previously she was Director of the Centre for Research into Parenting and Children. Before entering academic life in 1990, she spent ten years working as a child psychiatric social worker in an inner urban area. 

From 2008-2013 she was on the University of Oxford Research Committee. From 2007-2013, she was on  Council of the ESRC and chaired the group responsible for updating the ESRC Framework for Research Ethics. From 2010-2013, she chaired their Evaluation Committee. She became a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2009 and was on he the Council of the Academy rom 2011-1017.   She remains on their Publication Committee. In 2012, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law from the University of Bath. In 2012 Ann Buchanan received an MBE for her contribution to social science research.


Her current research interests are:

·         Grandparenting, and promoting well being in children especially those at risk of social exclusion.

Some of her earlier work was based on longitudinal data from the National Child Development Study. This was informed by her field studies and research eliciting the views of children.

Among her externally funded projects he been research grants from: the ESRC; Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; EU (Tempis Tacis - Russia); the Nuffield foundation; the Mental Health Foundation; NHS Executive Anglia and Oxford; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Barnardo's; Children's Society; the Baring Foundation; the Samaritans and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

In 2008 she was taken to Beijing by the British Academy/Co-reach initiative to showcase her research. In 2009 she was invited to talk on her research to the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit. In 2009, she revisited the State University of St Petersburg (Russia) where she is a Visiting Professor. She returned  to China in September 2010 at the invitation of the Chinese Academy of Social Science. In October 2011, she was invited to speak both to the David Hume Institute in Edinburgh and; to the Scottish Government on ‘Maximising the potential of children in the early years.’

 In 2013, her co-edited book '''No time for children?  Fertility Rates  Population Decline" was launched at the European Parliament. In 2015 she gave the centenary lecture at The Mandel School, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. In March 2015 she was invited to talk on  ‘Impact in the Social Sciences: Messages from the ESRC and the frontline’ to The Swedish Network for Innovation and Technoclogy Transfer support  (SNITTS).

In 2016, together with Anna Rotkirch, she edited a book: ‘Grandfathers: Global Perspectives’ which was published by Palgrave Macmillan.  This has been nominated for a British Academy Peter Townsend award. In  June 2017, she gave a keynote address to the University of Athens on ‘Families in transition….safeguarding unaccompanied  child refugees’.

Buchanan, Ann (2017) Changing roles of Grandparents in the UK: Emergence of the ‘New’ Grandfather. In  David Shwalb and Ziarat Hossain, Grandparents in cultural context. New York: Routledge.

Buchanan, A and Rotkirch, A ed., (2016) Grandfathers: global prospects. UK: Palgrave Macmillan (also contributed to  five chapters within book)

Buchanan, Ann and Rotkirch, Anna (2013) ""Making Time for Children." ", Buchanan, Ann and Rotkirch, Anna ed.,Fertility Rates and Population Decline: No Time for Children?. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 105-120

Buchanan, Ann and Rotkirch, Anna ed., (2013)Fertility Rates and Population Decline No Time for Children?. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Buchanan, Ann (2013) ""Impact and knowledge mobilisation: what I have learnt as Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council Evaluation Committee."", Contemporary Social Science  1-15. doi: 10.1080/21582041.2013.767469

Ritchie, Charlotte, and Buchanan, Ann (2011) ""Self report of negative parenting styles, psychological functioning and risk of negative parenting by one parent being replicated by the other in a sample of adolescents aged 13–15."", Child Abuse Review 20: 6 421-438. doi: 10.1002/car.1103

Griggs, Julia and Tan, Jo-Pei and Buchanan, Ann and Attar-Schwartz, Shalhevet and Flouri, Eirini. (2010) ""‘They’ve Always Been There for Me’: Grandparental Involvement and Child Well‐Being."", Children & Society 24: 3 200-214. doi: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2009.00215.x

Tan, Jo-Pei and Buchanan, Ann and Flouri, Eirini and Attar-Schwartz, Shalhevet and Griggs, Julia (2010) ""Filling the parenting gap? Grandparent involvement with UK adolescents."", Journal of Family 31: 7 992-1015. doi: 10.1177/0192513X09360499

Attar-Schwartz, Shalhevet and Tan, Jo-Pei and Buchanan, Ann and Flouri, Eirini and Griggs, Julia(2009) ""Grandparenting and adolescent adjustment in two-parent biological, lone-parent, and step-families."", Journal of family psychology 23: 1 . doi: 10.1037/a0014383

Attar-Schwartz, Shalhevet and Tan, Jo-Pei and Buchanan, Ann (2009) ""Adolescents' perspectives on relationships with grandparents: The contribution of adolescent, grandparent, and parent–grandparent relationship variables."", Children and Youth Services Review  31: 9 1057-1066. doi:

Other Outputs

Evidence-based social services: toolkit for planning and evaluating social services. Buchanan, A. and Lara Montero, A (2015). A toolkit consisting of a guidance on what type of knowledge is required for commissioning services accompanied by two questionnaires; the first questionnaire includes what questions may be useful to think of when planning services, the second questionnaire looks at what questions are useful when evaluating services. The toolkit also includes a review of international evidence-based social work databases or evidence hubs that may be useful for practitioners when they search for evidence-based practice that could guide their service planning and evaluation. View Online

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