Dr Gemma YarwoodSenior Lecturer

Interdisciplinary researcher studying care across the life course (paid and informal care). This includes research projects on; intergenerational family care for children aged 0-5 years, Young people, Parenting and End of life care. My research engages and develops partnerships with health, social care and education practitioners, service users and volunteers, nationally and internationally.

My research expertise, publications and practice experience centre on change and continuity in families and relationships, in all their rich diversity.

My PhD research used qualitative, critical discursive psychology to examine national and international policy and practice of work, family and gender.

Nationally, I was one of the first women to complete the flagship Aurora Women in Leadership programme from The Leadership Foundation in Higher Education.

Professional Body Membership and Activity


  • Community, Work and Family
  • Feminism and Psychology
  • International Journal of Innovative Interdisciplinary Research
  • International Journal of Social Science and Humanities
  • International Committee Member of Work and Family Researchers Network
  • Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research

Editorial Board Membership

  • International Journal of Innovative Interdisciplinary Research

External Examinerships

  • Joint Honours BA Society - Contemporary Health Studies, Northumbria University

Research Outputs

Authored Books

Yarwood, G.A. (In press) "Embodying Motherhood: Doing Pregnancy, Doing Research IN Femininities and Masculinities: international perspectives", (EBook) Fisher Press


Yarwood, G.A. (2014) "'Embodying Womanhood? – Doing Pregnancy, Doing Research', in Pilin’ska, A. and Singanporia, H. (Eds) All Equally Real: Femininities and Masculinities Today, pp.159-168. Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press

Yarwood, G. (2013) "Talking about the Personal", in Families, Relationships and Societies, Policy Press.

Yarwood G. 2011. "The Pick and Mix of Fathering Identities The Pick and Mix of Fathering Identities " in: vol.9, no.2. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers. pp.150-168
isbn: doi: 10.3149/fth.0902.150

Journal Articles

Yarwood, G.A. & Locke, A. (2015) "Work, parenting and gender: the care–work negotiations of three couple relationships in the UK", Community, Work and Family

Yarwood, G. (2013) "Talking about the Personal", Families, Relationships and Societies, Policy Press.

Yarwood, G. 2012. "Review of Rachel Thomson, Mary Jan Kehily, Lucy Hadfield and Sue Sharpe (2011) Making Modern Mothers, Bristol: Policy Press", Feminism and Psychology, 22(4), pp.541-568
DOI: 10.1177/0959353511430213

Yarwood, G. 2011. "The Pick and Mix of Fathering Identities", Fathering: A journal of theory, research and practice on fathering, Vol 9, no.2 Spring 2011

Fisher J., Yarwood G. 2008. "Connecting Not Competing with Others: Raising Awareness of Wellbeing" Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, vol.128 no.3, pp.110 -111

Yarwood G. 2007. "Doctor Who: Is my PhD just a sci-fi story?" The PsyPAG Quarterly - Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group, vol. no.64, pp.46-47
url: http://www.psypag.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Q64.pdf

Conference Presentations

Fisher, J., Yarwood. G.A. & Mitchell-Smith, Z. (2015) "UK/Hungary Knowledge Exchange in Social Care – experiences of partnership working", Research Institute for Health and Social Change Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 1-2 July

Yarwood, G.A. (2015) "Practice challenges when working with 'troubled' families", Changing Families, Intergenerational Ties & Social Integration Across Continents, The future orientation of research & practice, University of Putra, Malaysia, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 2-5 June

Yarwood, G.A. (2015) "Community, work and home as discursively meaningful interview spaces", The 6th International Community, Work & Family Conference, Malmo, 20-22 May

Yarwood, G. (2014) "'I feel so tired I could sleep for days': Working parents, work-family reconciliation policy and practice", The British Psychological Society Annual Conference, ICC, Birmingham, 7-9 May. BPS Funded Symposium entitled Advice, policy and the negotiation of 'good parenting' on behalf of the Social Psychology Section

Yarwood, G. (2013) "Working towards a new generation of collaborative knowledge exchange about teaching work-life balance", CARPE, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK 4-6 November 2013

Yarwood, G. (2013) "Working mothers, vomiting children and cancelled childcare - Disrupting gendered care/work arrangements", Psychology of Women Section, Annual Conference, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK, 10-12 July

Yarwood, G., Yianni, C. & Ogilvie, H. (2013) "Do the write thing: Three PhD experiences of debunking the myth of writers block", Research Institute for Health and Social Change 9th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 4-5 July

Yarwood, G. (2013) "A critical examination of caring and working within UK work-family reconciliation policy agenda", Neoliberalism in 21st century Conference, Manchester, UK, 4 June

Yarwood, G. (2013) "Embodying Motherhood: Doing Pregnancy, Doing Research", 3rd Global Femininities and masculinities conference, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 21-24 May

Yarwood. G.A (2012) "Positionality and Reflexivity in Qualitative Research", Work and Family Researchers Inaugural Conference, New York, USA, 16-19 June

Yarwood, G., Yianni, C. & Ogilvie, H. (2012) "The Ascent of Mount PhD", Research Institute for Health and Social Change 8th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 2-3 July

Yarwood G. 2010. "Money talks - Studying working parents accounts of parental leave and employment" at: Changing families in a Changing World International Conference, Edinburgh: UK.

Yarwood G. 2010. "Unlocking & writing up qualitative data, searching for the elusive golden key" at: Research Institute for Health & Social Change, MMU. Manchester, UK.

Yarwood G. 2009. "In pursuit of work-family harmonisation: Experiences of piecing the jigsaw together" at: Third International Community, Work and Family Conference. Utrecht, Netherlands..

Yarwood G. 2009. "And now my life has changed in oh so many ways." A discursive investigation into the variability of working parent identities" at: Research Institute for Health & Social Change, MMU. Manchester, UK..

Yarwood G., Fisher J. 2008. "Experiences of Teaching Wellbeing" at: International Interdisciplinary Congress of Womens, Women's Worlds, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Madrid, Spain.

Yarwood G. 2008. "Working 9 to 5: What a way to make a living" at: Research Institute for Health & Social Change, MMU. Manchester, UK.

Conference Organisation

Humanities in Public (Forthcoming) Connecting Work-Family Law and Practice, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Postgraduate Conference (2015) Methodological challenges, The 6th International Community, Work & Family Conference – Malmo, Sweden, 19 May 2015

Other Types of Output

Yarwood, G.A. (2015) Review of Family Troubles? Exploring Changes and Challenges in the Family Lives of Children and Young People by Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper and Val Gillies (eds) Policy Press, Bristol, 2013, ISBN 978-1-4473-0443-2, British Journal of Social Work
doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcv012

Current Teaching Input

Programme leader for BA Hons Social Care. I have a teacher training qualification and a wealth of teaching experience spanning 20 years including:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Social Policy for Contemporary Social Care issues
  • Managing skills in evolving organisations
  • Medical Technologies - The Body as Project
  • Research Methodologies
  • Independent Research Supervision - Dissertation
  • Leadership and Management in health and social care

Postgraduate teaching: I teach on the MA in Health and Social care.

Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress): I supervise a range of PhD students which presently include: An Interpretive Phenomenological analysis of South Asian families intergenerational care practices and expectations.

Gemma Yarwood

Research Centre

Social Change & Wellbeing


Social Work & Social Change Dept
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 2472509

Email: g.yarwood@mmu.ac.uk