Professor Ann Buchanan

Ann Buchanan

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Senior Research Associate

Ann Buchanan is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Social Policy and Social Intervention, and Emeritus Professor of Social Work. 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.

In 2012 Ann Buchanan received an MBE for her contribution to social science research. She became an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2009 and was appointed to the Council of the Academy in 2011. In 2012, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law from the University of Bath.


Her current research interests are:

  • 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 2009 she was invited to talk on her 17 years of research in this area to the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit. In 2008 she was taken to Beijing by the British Academy/Co-reach initiative to showcase her research. She returned there in September 2010 at the invitation of the Chinese Academy of Social Science. In 2009, she revisited the State University of St Petersburg (Russia) where she is  a Visiting Professor. 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 2105 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.