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Contact Details

Email: k.mullan@aston.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 3993


I joined the Department of Sociology and Policy at Aston University in March 2019. Prior to joining Aston I was at the University of Oxford (Centre for Time Use Research, Department of Sociology), and before that I worked in Australia at the University of New South Wales (2007-2011) and the Australian Insititute of Family Studies (2011-2013).

Research Interests

I mainly carry out research on time use with a particular interest in how children and parents spend time. In my recent work I have been studying changes in children's time use in the UK over four decades from the mid-1970s onwards, including changes the time they spend in screen-based activities and time using smartphones and other devices. More broadly I am interested in time use in the family, including the gender division of labour, and on studying the influence of technology on daily life. I use quantitative methods applied to the secondary analysis of survey data, particularly time use surveys, and I am interested in quantitative methods for sociology and policy research.

I welcome prospective PhD students interested in any topics in time use research.

Teaching Activity

I currently teach on the following courses:

  • Introduction to Social Theory (LK1015)
  • Research Methods (LK2025)
  • Advanced Research Methods (LK2032)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Essex

Sep 2003Jul 2007

MA, National University of Ireland Galway

Sep 2002Aug 2003

BA, National University of Ireland Galway

Sep 1999May 2002


  • HM Sociology
  • Time Use Research
  • Children and Families
  • Quantitative Methods


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