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Dr Martina Klett-Davies

Martina Klett-Davies is a Course Tutor in the Sociology Department and the course convenor of the ‘Gender and Society’ course. Martina also teaches on the ‘Researching London’ and the ‘Personal Life, Intimacy and the Family’ course and is the lecturer on the ‘Gender and Geography’ course at the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE.

Martina is the 2017 winner of the Class Teacher Award in the Department of Sociology and has been highly commended in the category of Feedback and Communication for the Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2017. She obtained her PhD from the LSE in 2002 on the topic of lone motherhood and late modernity and has since worked as a guest lecturer and researcher at the LSE, the Family and Parenting Institute (FPI) and The Open University.

Martina’s principal research interest concerns gender and social inequalities, particularly within the context of family lives and relationships. Her two most recent research projects explored the meanings and experiences of long-term couple relationships and the positioning of single parenthood in Britain.

In 2017, she has co-authored a report on early adolescent girls in urban slums of the Global South that explores the intersections between puberty, poverty and gender inequality. Currently, Martina is researching how lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender people from different socio-economic backgrounds experience homo- and transphobia in six small and medium sized cities across Europe.  

Books and reports

2016 Under_Pressure_KlettDavies
Klett-Davies M. (2016) Under Pressure? Single parents in the UK, Bertelsmann Stiftung www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/en/publications/publication/did/under-pressure 
2013 enduring love
Gabb J., Klett-Davies M., Fink J. & M. Thomae (2013) Enduring Love? Couple Relationships in the 21st Century, Interim Survey Findings Report, The Open University, Milton Keynes.
2007 book lone motherhood-cropped
Klett-Davies M. (2007) Going it alone? Lone motherhood in late modernity, Aldershot, Ashgate.

Selected publications

Chant S., Klett-Davies M. & J. Ramalho (2017) Young Female Adolescents in Urban Areas of the Global South, The Challenges of Slums and Potential Solutions - Rapid Evidence Review, London: Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Klett-Davies M. (2016) Unter Druck? Alleinerziehende im Vereinigten Koenigreich, report, Bertelsmann Stiftung, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3983.0004

Klett-Davies M. (2016) Under Pressure? Single parents in the UK, executive summary, Bertelsmann Stiftung www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/en/publications/publication/did/under-pressure-1

Gabb J., Klett-Davies M., Fink J. & M. Thomae (2014) Enduring Love? Couple Relationships in the 21st CenturySurvey Findings Report (PDF), The Open University, Milton Keynes. 

Klett-Davies M. (2012) A critical analysis of family and relationship policies in England and Wales (1997-2011), Families, Relationship & Societies (1) 1.

Hunt, S., Virgo S., Klett-Davies M., Page A. & J. Apps (2011) Provider Influence on the Home Learning Environment (Part 1 & Part 2), Family & Parenting Institute, London.

Klett-Davies M. (ed.) (2010) Is parenting a class issue?, Family & Parenting Institute, London.

Klett-Davies M. & Skaliotis E. (2009) Mothers, childcare and the work-life balance, in: Hunt (ed.) Family Trends – British families since the 1950s, Family & Parenting Institute, London.

Klett-Davies M. (ed.) (2008) Putting sibling relationships on the map: A multidisciplinary perspective, Family & Parenting Institute, London.

Klett-Davies M., Skaliotis E. & Wollny I. (2008) Mapping and Analysis of Parenting Services in England, Family & Parenting Institute, London.

Klett-Davies M. (2005) ‘The Diversity of State Benefit Dependent Lone Mothers: the Use of Type Categories as an Analytical Tool', Sociological Research Online (10), 1.



Martina Klett-Davies 2016