Dr Ursula Henz

Dr Ursula Henz

Associate Professor in Social Research Methods

Department of Sociology

020 7955 6139
Room No
STC 100B
English, German
Key Expertise
Family, Life Course, Demography, Informal Caregiving, Inequality

About me

Dr Henz is an Associate Professor in Social Research Methods at the Sociology Department. Prior to joining LSE, she was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin, Germany, at Stockholm University, Sweden, and at King's College, London. Her research has been concerned primarily with longitudinal aspects of compulsory and post-compulsory educational participation, poverty, labour market participation, family dynamics and informal caregiving using a number of large-scale surveys. Most of her work addresses the interrelationship between the spheres of the family and the labour market and pays special attention to gender differences. More recent projects have also addressed homogamy and work-life balance. She is currently finishing analyses into fathers’ time with children that are part of the European Union funded FP7 collaborative project "Families And Societies - Changing families and sustainable societies: Policy contexts and diversity over the life course and across generations". Please see: FamiliesandSocieties.eu.

Dr Henz teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on family sociology. She is interested in supervising research projects in the areas of family sociology, demography, social inequality and the life course. She has a particular interest in topics related to informal caregiving; relationships in blended families; fertility; partnerships; the changing roles of men and women; and well-being.

Selected Publications

Henz, Ursula (2017): Father involvement in the UK: trends in the new millennium, Families and Societies Working Paper Series (70)

Henz, Ursula and Mills, Colin (2017): Social class origin and assortative mating in Britain, 1949-2010, Sociology

Henz, Ursula (2016): Children's changing family context, in Champion & Falkingham, Jane (eds.) Population Change in the United Kingdom, Rowman & Littlefield.

Henz, Ursula and Mills, Colin (2015): Work-life conflict in Britain: the roles of job and private lives, European Sociological Review 31(1): 1-13.

Henz, Ursula (2014): Long-term trends of men’s co-residence with children in England and Wales, Demographic Research 30: 671-702.

Henz, Ursula (2010): Parent care as unpaid family labor: how do spouses share? Journal of Marriage and Family 72, 1: 148-164.

Henz, Ursula (2008): Gender Roles and Values of Children: childless couples in East and West Germany. Demographic Research 19: 1451-1500.

Henz, Ursula (2006): Informal Caregiving at Working Age: effects of job characteristics and family configuration, Journal of Marriage and Family 68, 2: 411-429.

Henz, Ursula & Elizabeth Thomson (2005): Union Stability and Stepfamily Fertility in Austria, Finland, France & West Germany, European Journal of Population 21, 1: 3-29.

Expertise Details

Family; Life Course; Demography; Informal Caregiving; Inequality