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Bldg 58, Rm 2607

School of Social Sciences

University of Southampton

Southampton, SO17 1BJ

United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom


Membership Number :25421

Brienna Perelli-Harris

Associate Professor, University of Southampton

Field of study:

Specialization: Families and Households, Fertility, Marriage, Divorce and Consensual Unions, Social Demography

Regional focus: United States and Canada, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe

Highest Degree Level:

Doctorate (Ph.D, MD), Sociology, University of Michigan, 2006

Working languages:
  • - English

Professional summary:

Dr. Perelli-Harris studies the increase in childbearing within cohabitation in industrialised countries (visit Working with researchers across Europe, the USA and Australia, she uses demographic techniques, in-depth qualitative methods, and causal methods to explore the underlying reasons for the development of new family formation behaviours. She has published in top Demography, Sociology, and Social Policy journals and is trying to better understand why cohabitation has increased so rapidly in some countries, but not in others. Recently, she has edited a Special Collection in Demographic Research “Focus on Partnerships: Discourses on cohabitation and marriage throughout Europe and Australia.”

Member since: 2012