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Carmen Lau-Clayton

Dr Carmen Lau-Clayton


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Education / Academic qualification

  • Master of Arts, Leeds Metropolitan University

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Leeds

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Leeds

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,

  • UTLA 2, University of Leeds,


Carmen joined Leeds Trinity University in 2010 and is a Reader in Family and Cultural Dynamics.  

Carmen’s research interests revolves around young people, families and childhood with specific expertise concerning young fatherhood, migration, ethnicity and culture. Her doctorate looked at the Chinese diaspora and generational and cultural patterns for British Chinese households. Her book 'British Chinese Families: Parenting, Relationships and Childhoods' was nominated for the BSA/British Sociological Association's Philip Abram's award (2015). 


Her most recent research was an ESRC funded qualitative longitudinal study on young fatherhood and service support needs based at the University of Leeds (2012-15).

Carmen is continually engaged with staff and research development and regularly involved in a number of courses and training in her role as a senior researcher and lecturer. She has a Higher Education Academy Fellow Award and a ULTA 2 (University of Leeds Teaching Award). Carmen is also involved in a number of external committees and is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fatherhood.

Research interests

Carmen’s most recent research concerned young fatherhood and their support needs at the University of Leeds. The study ‘Following Young Fathers: The Lived Experience of Fatherhood’ (2012-15) interviewed young fathers over a three year period and implemented a ‘knowledge to action’ framework when working with practitioners.

So far, this study has created impact and knowledge exchange at a wide level. This includes a presentation at the House of Commons for the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Fatherhood and an invited consultation with the Head of the Child Maintenance Strategy Group at the Department of Work and Pensions, national and regional conferences, local workshops, training and seminars. There have also been yearly international presentations for the European Sociological Association (e.g. Czech Republic, Switzerland and Italy). 

Before Carmen joined Leeds Trinity University she worked as a Research Fellow and a Researcher, and played a key part in data collection, analysis and dissemination at international, national and regional level and also bid writing for further funding.

Teaching and Administration

Carmen teaches on a variety of modules across all levels on the Child and Family Welfare Studies/ Working with Children, Young People and Families programme. She is also a module leader for the MA in Family Support Course at Leeds Trinity University. As well as teaching, Carmen is a member of the Institute of Childhood end Education (ICE) ethics committee, Vice Chair of the SHSS Ethics Committee and sits on the University Employment Group.

Current module provision includes:

  • International Perspectives on Child Welfare (Master’s Degree)

  • Research Project/ Dissertation Supervision (BA Level 6)

  • Difficulties Families Face (BA Level 6)

  • Research Dissertation Supervision (Master’s Degree)

Previous teaching responsibilities includes the following modules: 

  • Evaluating Multi Agency Working and Early Years Development

  • Rights, Voices and Responsibilities

  • Dissertation and Research Project

  • Introduction to Evidence Based Learning/ Research Methods

  • Health Safety and Welfare

  • Drug Use and Abuse

  • Evaluating Theory and Practice

Before teaching at Leeds Trinity University, Carmen taught at the University of Leeds (Department of Sociology and Social Policy), supervised successful MA Dissertations and involved in PhD panels. Nominations include a Personal Tutor Awards at the University of Leeds (2009).

Willingness to take PhD. students