Professor Tracey Reynolds

Professor of Social Sciences

Tracey Reynolds is a Research Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Tracey began her academic career in 1998 in the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Science, London South Bank University shortly after completing her PhD in Sociology here.

Tracey's teaching and research interests focus on transnational families and kinship networks; constructions of motherhood and parenting & youth studies, and she has established international recognition within these fields of expertise.

She has conducted extensive empirical research in the UK across a range of social issues including black and minority families living in disadvantaged communities, the study of families and in the Caribbean and North America. Research awards include Economic Social Research Council on Caribbean youths and transnational identities (with Elisabetta Zontini); Big Lottery on care planning among BAME older people in London (with Age UK Lewisham and Southwark) and current project on migrant mothers' citizenship, awarded by the Arts Humanities Research Council.

Her current research consultancy is with Family Action. Tracey has over 60 publications in the form of books, articles in international peer reviewed journals, chapter in edited volumes, policy reports and working paper. Citation of her publication currently stands at 797. Previous publications include 'Exploring the absent/present dilemma: Black fathers, family relationships and social capital in Britain', The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, (2009).

She is also the author of Caribbean Mothers: Identity and Experience in the UK (published by Tufnell Press, 2005); Transnational Families: Ethnicities, Identities and Social Capital, with Harry Goulbourne, John Solomos and Elisabetta Zontini, (published by Routledge, 2010) and editor of the Special Issue 'Young People, Ethnicity and Social Capital' in the Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies (May 2010).

She is also editorial board member of journals Sociology and International Journal of Social Research Methodology. In 2007 Tracey was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Research Excellence Award in recognition of her research leadership and enterprise within her specialist field, and in August 2013 named a 'Sociology Super Author' by Taylor and Francis Routledge Press.

Awards

Fellowships and awards 

  • Honorary Director of Research for the Campaign of Broadcasting Equality, 2014
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2014
  • Taylor and Francis: Routledge Publishing Group, 'Sociology Super-Author' award, 2013
  • Research Excellence Award, London South Bank University, 2007
  • Promising Research Fellowship, London South Bank University, 2007
  • Visiting Fellow, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Surrey, 2007-2008
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology and Social Work, 2005-2007
  • Visiting Fellow, Caribbean Childhood Study Centre, Dominica, 2004

Research Awards/Grant

  • Arts Humanities Research Council, Migrant mothers caring for the future: creative interventions in making new citizens, £45,000, Co-Investigator (2013-14) (with Dr Umut Erel, Open University)
  • Big Lottery, Black Asian Minority Ethnic Ageing and Wellbeing in the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark, £141,136, Sole-Investigator (2011-14)
  • Economic Social Research Council, Diasporic Youth and Transnational Identities, seminar series, £20,000, Principal Investigator , (2009-10) (with Dr Elisabetta Zontini, University of Nottingham)
  • Metropolitan Housing Trust, Evaluation of Youth Programmes in London Black and Minority Ethnic (BME)Communities, £25,000, Sole-Investigator (2008).
  • In-volve, Evaluation of BME Experiences of Parenting programmes, £15,000, Sole-Investigator (2008).
  • Fostering Network, Black and Minority Ethnic young people's participation within the fostering service, £30,000, Principal Investigator, (2007-2009)
  • London Borough of Lambeth, Barriers to Employment among Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) unemployed and Incapacity Benefit claimants, £30,000, Sole-Investigator (2007)
  • LSBU Promising Research Fellowship Scheme, Second Generation Caribbean Return Migration, £7,000, (2007)
  • LSBU Research Development Fund, Black Community Parenting, £19,000, Sole-Investigator, (2002)
  • LSBU Research Development Fund, Caribbean Fathers in Britain, £15,000, Sole-Investigator, (2000)

Research Enterprise Consultancies

  • 'Family Action': Evaluating the Evidence and Impact Reports, 2014-current, funded by Family Action
  • 'One Plus One: Collaborative Relationship Support for Mixed families', funded by ESRC, Project Director Professor Rosalind Edwards, University of Southampton (2010-2011)
  • 'Tate Encounters Migration and Diaspora Project', funded by AHRC, Project Director: Professor Andrew Dewdney, LSBU (2007-2009)
  • 'Lilian Bayliss School Project', funded by London South Bank University, Project Director: Professor Harry Goulbourne (2003)

Recognition

Editorial Board Member

  • Families, Relationships and Societies
  • Gender and Education, Palgrave Macmillan Book series, (2014- current)
  • British Journal of Sociology, U.K, (2013- current)
  • 'International Journal of Social Research Methodology', U.K, (2008- current) 
  • 'Journal of Fatherhood', Canada (2009)

Scientific Advisory Board Member

  • Enduring Love?: couples Relationships in the 21st century', funded by ESRC, Open University (2011- 13).
  • School Choice and Ethnic Segregation: Educational decision-making among Black and Minority Ethnic
  • Parents, funded by the Department Communities and Local Government, , Runnymede Trust (2007).
  • Black Architects Project', funded by Royal Institute of British Architects and Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Policy Studies Institute (2004). 
  • Ethnicity Minority Outreach Services, funded by Department of Work and Pensions, Policy Studies Institute (2002-3)

Scientific Peer Review Panel Member

  • The Fund for Scientific Research, Belgium

Member of Peer Review College

  • Arts, Humanities and Research Council, (2016-19)

Memberships of scientific societies

  • International Migration Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE) (2007- current) 
  • British Sociological Association (2012- current)

External Examiner

  • Middlesex University, MSc Social Research Methods (2011-current)
  • Middlesex University, Migration and Citizenship module, BSc Sociology (2014)

Research / Scholarly interests

Tracey Reynolds is Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Greenwich. Tracey's research interests focus on transnational families and kinship networks; constructions of motherhood, parenting & childrearing. She has conducted extensive empirical research in the UK across a range of social issues including black and minority families living in disadvantaged communities. Previous publications include 'Exploring the absent/present dilemma: Black fathers, family relationships and social capital in Britain', The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, (2009).

She is also the author of Caribbean Mothers: Identity and Experience in the UK (published by Tufnell Press, 2005); Transnational Families: Ethnicities, Identities and Social Capital, with Harry Goulbourne, John Solomos and Elisabetta Zontini, (published by Routledge, 2010) and Guest Editor of Special Issues 'Young People, Ethnicity and Social Capital', Ethnic and Racial Studies (May 2010) and 'Transnational and diasporic youth identities: exploring conceptual themes and future research agendas', Identities; Global Studies in Power and Culture (with Elisabetta Zontini 2015).

Publications

Current and recent projects

Current project (with Umut Erel, open University and Maggie O'Neill, University of York)

Participatory Action Research (PAR): Participatory Theatre and Walking Methods Potential for Co-producing Knowledge, funded by ESRC and National Centre for Research methods (2016-18)

'Youth Matters: Participatory arts as a creative space for young people's social explorations' September 2015- September 2016

Book/monographs

Reynolds, T. (forthcoming) Routes to Roots: Family Lives and Social Ties of Caribbean Young People in the UK, Oxford: (Berg Hahn Books)
Stella, F.; Taylor, Y.; Reynolds, T. and Rogers, A (eds) (in press) Sexualities, Citizenship and Belonging', London: Routledge
Reynolds, T (2010) (ed.) Young People, Social Capital and Ethnic Identity, Special Issue as Book Series, London Routledge
Goulbourne, H; Reynolds, T; Solomos, J. and Zontini, E. (2010) Transnational Families, ethnicities, identities and social capital London: Routledge.
Reynolds, T (2005). Caribbean Mothering: Identity and Childrearing in the UK, London: Tufnell Press.
Reynolds, T; Callender, C. and Edwards, R. (2003). The Impact of Mothers Employment on Family Relationships, London: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Guest Co/Editor of Special Issues

'Migrant Mothers Challenging Racialized Citizenship', (2017) Ethnic and Racial Studies, with Umut Erel    

Migrant families making future citizens (forthcoming 2018), Families, Relationships and Societies, with Umut Erel                                                                                                                                                    

'Diasporic Transnational Youth identities' (in press) Identities (with Elisabetta Zontini)

'Young People, Social Capital and Ethnic Identity', (2010) Ethnic and Racial Studies (2010)

Journal articles

Umut Erel and Tracey Reynolds (2017) Introduction: Migrant Mothers Challenging Racialized Citizenship, Ethnic and Racial Studies                                                                                                                       

Tracey Reynolds and Umut Erel (2016) Migrant Mothers: creative interventions into citizenship, Open Democracy, https://www.opendemocracy.net/author/tracey-reynolds                                                   

Tracey Reynolds (2017) Black women, Gender Equality and Universal Basic Income, Compass log, January 2017             

Erel, U and Reynolds T (2014) Black Feminist Theory for Participatory Theatre with Migrant Mothers, Feminist Review Special Issue on Black British Feminism, issue 108 pp 106-111        
Reynolds, T and Zontini, E, (2014) 'Transnational Families: Migrant Youths 'Doing' Families across Proximities and Distances', Families and Relationships Families Relationships and Societies, 3(2) 251-268
Reynolds, T. (2013) "Them and Us": 'Black Neighbourhoods' as a Social Capital Resource among Black Youths Living in Inner-City London, U.K., in Journal of Urban Studies, 50 (3): 484 - 498
Reynolds, T. (2011) 'Caribbean Second Generation Return Migration: Identities, Transnational Family Relationships and "Left Behind" Kin in Britain', in Special Issue: Diasporic Homelands, Guest Editors, P. Levitt and R. King, Mobilities, 6 (3): 535-552
Reynolds, T. (2011) "Birds of a Feather Stick Together"? Negotiating Community, Family and Intimate Relationships between 'Established' and 'Newcomer' Caribbean Migrants in Britain, in Community Work and Family, 6 (4):537-553
Reynolds, T. (2010) 'Introduction', Guest Editor: Special Issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies on 'Young People, Social Capital and Ethnic Identity', 33 (5): 749-760
Reynolds, T. (2010) Transnational Family Networks, Cultural Belonging and Social Capital among Second-Generation British-Caribbean 'Returning' Migrants in Special Issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies on 'Young People, Social Capital and Ethnic Identity', 33 (5): 797-815 Reynolds, T. (2009) 'Exploring the Absent/Present Dilemma: Black Fathers, Family Relationships and Social Capital in Britain', Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 624: 12-28.
Reynolds, T (2007). 'Friendship Networks, Social Capital and Ethnic Identity: Researching the Perspectives of Caribbean Young People in Britain', Journal of Youth Studies, 10 (4): 383-398.
Zontini, E. and Reynolds, T. (2007). 'Ethnicity, Families and Social Capital: Caring Relationships across Italian and Caribbean Transnational Families', International Review of Sociology, 17 (2): 257-277.
Holland, J.; Reynolds, T.; Weller, S. (2007). 'Transitions, Networks and Communities: the Significance of Social Capital in the Lives of Children and Young People', Journal of Youth Studies, 10 (1): 101-120.
Reynolds, T. (2006). 'Bonding Social Capital within the Caribbean Family and Community', Special Issue: Ethnicity and Social Capital, Journal of Community, Work and Family, 9 (3): 273-290.
Reynolds, T (2006). 'Caribbean Young People, Family Relationships and Social Capital', Special Issue: Social Capital, Migration and Transnational Families, Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, 29 (6): 1087-1103.
Edwards, R.; Callender, C.; and Reynolds, T. (2005). Social and Family Responsibility or Self-Interest? A Case Study of Mothers' Work Ethos in a Hospital and an Accountancy Firm, Community, Work and Family, 8 (3): 281-300. .
Duncan, S.; Edwards, R.; Reynolds, T. and Alldred, P. (2004). Mothers and Childcare: Policies, Values and Theories, in Children and Society, 18, 254-265.
Reynolds, T. (2003). 'Black to the Community: Black Community Parenting in Britain', Journal of Community, Work and Family, (6) 1: 29-41.
Duncan, S.; Edwards, R.; Reynolds, T. and Alldred, P. (2003). 'Mothering, Paid Work and Partnering: Values and Theories', Work, Employment and Society, 17 (2): 309-330.
Reynolds, T. (2002). 'Re-thinking a Black Feminist Standpoint', Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, 26 (3): 591-606.
Reynolds, T (2001). 'Black Mothers, Paid Work and Identity', Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, 24 (6): 1046-1064.
Reynolds, T (forthcoming) 'Black Mammy and company: exploring constructions of black womanhood in Britain', in Stella, F.; Taylor, Y.; Reynolds, T. and Rogers, A (eds) Sexualities, Citizenship and Belonging', London: Routledge
Reynolds, T (2015), 'The role of care in developing capitals among Caribbean migrant families', in L. Ryan , U. Erel and A'Dangelo (eds) Migrant Capital: Networks, identities and Strategies, London Palgrave Macmillan.
Reynolds, T (2015) Race Placed identities in Youth Transitions to Adulthood, in Farrugia, D; Wynn, J and Cahill, H (eds) Handbook on Children and Young Adulthood, Springer
Reynolds, T. and Zontini, E (2013) 'Transnational Families: Migrant Youths 'Doing' Families across Proximities and Distances', in T. Sanger and Y. Taylor (eds) Mapping Intimacies: Relations, Exchanges, Affects, Palgrave Macmillan.
Reynolds, T. (2013) 'Youth Transitions and Wellbeing: The Impact of Austerity on Black Youths Living in Urban 'Black Neighbourhoods', in H.Helve, K.Evans and J.Bynner, (eds) Youth, Work Transitions and Well-being, London: Tufnell Press
Reynolds, T and Zontini, E (2013), 'Care flows in Transnational Families: Cultural and Social Capitals, Identity and Belonging', in L. Baldassar and L. Merla (eds) Transnational Families, Migration and Kin-work: From Care Chains to Care Circulation, London: Palgrave Macmillan
Reynolds, T. (2012) '"Men's Business"?: Black Men's Caring within Black-Led Community Organisations', in G. Philip, C. Rogers and S. Weller (eds) , Critical Approaches to Care: Understanding Caring Relations, Identities and Cultures, London: Routledge
Reynolds, T (2010). 'Mothering and the Family as Sites of Struggle: Theorizing Race and Gender through the Perspectives of Caribbean Mothers in the UK', in B.Ochieng and C.Hylton (eds) Black Families in Britain as the Sites of Struggle, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Reynolds, T (2007). Judged by the Company we Keep: Friendships Networks, Social Capital and Ethnic Identity of Caribbean Young People in Britain, in H.Helve and J. Bynner (eds) Youth and Social Capital, London: Tufnell press.
Reynolds, T and Zontini, E. (2007). 'Assessing Social Capital and Care Provision in Minority Ethnic Communities: A Comparative Study of Caribbean and Italian Families', in R. Edwards; J. Franklin, and J. Holland (eds) Assessing Social Capital: Concept, Policy and Practice, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press.
Reynolds, T (2003). The Success of Our Mothers: Caribbean Mothering and Childrearing in the UK, in D. McCalla (ed) Black Success in the UK: Essays in Racial and Ethnic Studies, Cambridge University Press.
Reynolds, T (2002). 'Reflexivity and Power in the Research Process: The Relationship between Black Female Researchers and Black Female Research Participants' in T. May (ed) Companion to Qualitative Research, Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
Reynolds, T (2002). 'Analyzing the Black Family', in A. Carling; S. Duncan and R. Edwards (eds) Analyzing Families, London: Routledge.
Reynolds, T (2001). 'Black Fathers and Family Lives in Britain' in H. Goulbourne and M. Chamberlain (eds) Caribbean Families and the Trans-Atlantic World, London: Macmillan.
Reynolds, T (1999). 'Re-Defining Black Working-Class Mothers' in S. Munt (ed) Cultural Studies and the Working Class: A Reconsideration, London: Cassell.
Reynolds, T (1997). '(Mis)Representing the Black (Super)Woman' in H. Mirza (ed) Black British Feminism: A Reader, London: Routledge.
Reynolds, T (1997). 'Class Matters, 'Race' Matters and Gender Matters' in P. Mahoney and C. Zmorczek (eds) Class Matters: 'Working-Class' Women's Perspectives on Social Class, London: Taylor and Francis.

Working Papers

Dűrrschmidt, J.; Edwards R.; Gillies, V.; Lantermann, S.; Reynolds, T.; and Schönewolf, A. (2010) Families, Social Capital and Migration: An Exploration of Strategies of Getting by and Getting Ahead in Comparative Context - Germany and Britain, Families and Social Capital Working Paper Series, no.28, London South Bank University
Reynolds, T. (2008) 'Ties that Bind: Families, Social Capital and Second-Generation Return Migration', Sussex Centre for Migration Research Working Paper Series, no. 46, University of Sussex
Reynolds, T. (2008) 'Ties that Bind: Families, Social Capital and Second-Generation Return Migration', University of Sussex and Families and Social Capital Working Paper Series, no. 23, London South Bank University.
Reynolds, T. and Zontini, E. (2006). A Comparative Study of Care and Provision Across Caribbean and Italian Transnational Families, Families and Social Capital ESRC Research Group Working Paper Series, no. 16, London South Bank University
Reynolds, T. and Zontini, E. (2006). Volume One: Families, Social Capital and Ethnic Identities of Caribbeans, South Asians and South Europeans, forward by Harry Goulbourne, Families and Social Capital ESRC Research Group Working Paper Series, no. 20, London South Bank University.
Reynolds, T. (2004). Caribbean Families, Social Capital and Young People's Diasporic Identities, Families and Social Capital ESRC Research Group Working Paper Series, no. 12, London South Bank University.
Reynolds, T. (2004). Insider/Outsider' Caribbean Researcher' in R. Edwards (ed) Social Capital in the Field: Researchers Tales, Families and Social Capital ESRC Research Group, Working paper Series, no 10, London South Bank University.
Edwards, R.; Duncan, S.; Reynolds, T. and Alldred, P. (2002). Parenting; Partnering and Paid Work: policies, values and theories, Occasional Paper, Department of Sociology, Leeds University.

Book Reviews

Reynolds, T (2010) Jamaican Hands Across the Atlantic, By P. Thompson and E. Bauer, Ian Randle Press, 2008 in Journal of Community, Work and Family, 3, 1: 123-125.
Reynolds, T. (2009) Review Symposium Racism and Education: Coincidence or Conspiracy? By D. Gillborn, London: Routledge, 2008 in British Journal of Sociology of Education, 30, 3: 317-319

Reports

Reynolds, T (2014) Access for BAME Elders, Final Report, Age UK Lewisham and Southwark
Reynolds, T (2010) Evaluation of Leading Our Lives: Young People's Participation within the Fostering Service, London: Fostering Network, England.
Reynolds, T (2010) 'Understanding of Absent Black Caribbean Fathers and Black Boys in Family Life. A Response to Tony Sewell', Runnymede Trust Bulletin, Spring.
Reynolds, T. (2008) What is "maternal studies"'? Studies in the Maternal: Inaugural Issue 1 (1). Available from: http://www.mamsie.bbk.ac.uk.
Reynolds, T. and Briggs, D. (2008) Evaluation of RAW leadership Programme, London: Involve
Reynolds, T (2007). Triangle Way Forward – A Brixton Parenting project: Evaluation Report, London: Metropolitan Housing Trust
Reynolds, T and Miah, N (2007). Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Employment Skills, London Borough of Lambeth

Media Outputs

'HE and Me', Times Higher, 14th May 2015 p.22
Young Londoners, and Identity, broadcast, ITV London News, 9th January 2014                                                                                                                                                           Being British Fix on ITV
'The vast majority of black children are raised in loving stable homes', Guardian newspaper, 24th March 2010, pg. 35
'Black Mothers Raising Over Feminised Black Boys' BBC Radio London (28.3.10),
Black and minority ethnic barriers to employment – Colourful radio FM, 11 June 2007
Linking Caribbean families at Christmas – Colourful FM, 23 December 2006
'In celebration of black mothers' - Choice FM January 25 2006
'New book promotes the positive role of Caribbean mothers in the UK', www.blackbritian.co.uk/news/details January 27 2006
'New Book on Caribbean mothers in the UK', www.blackbritian.co.uk, 25 October 2005
'Sad and Single? Look Again: Experiences of African Caribbean Mothers' , Voice Newspaper, November 7th 2005
'Caribbean mothers in the UK', Caribbean Magazine, BBC World Service www.bbc.co.uk/Caribbean, 22 November 2005
'Race, Women and Society', BBCi online, 2003 http://www.news.bbc.co.uk/indepth/race/women_and_society