Here at Fathers Network Scotland we take evidence very seriously, commissioning research on father-friendly employment and parenting policy with institutions such as the University of Edinburgh.

We are keen to understand the ever-changing face of modern fatherhood, the challenges of being an involved dad – and how employers, services and families can help.

We’ve made our own studies available here for download, along with links to some interesting research and articles from across this important field. If you want to submit or suggest research to be featured on this page, please contact Fathers Network Scotland.

Year of the Dad Conference


YOTDconfcover_Webres.jpgOur sell-out Year of the Dad Conference took place on Friday 12th February 2016 at the University of Edinburgh. You can catch up on sessions you missed, or refresh your memory, by clicking the text and audio links below. Or browse the full conference programme here.

As part of the first ever Year of the Dad in Scotland this conference aimed to create a day of reflection, dialogue and stimulation for academics, policy-makers and practitioners.


Fathers In The Early Years

Dr Gitit Kadar-Satat & Dr Alison Koslowski, University of Edinburgh

This is a report of the key findings and recommendations following a research project exploring how working fathers in Scotland balance their work and family life. (A summary pdf document is available here or full report here.) 


Dad Matters

Dr Gary Clapton, Fathers Network Scotland

Gary Clapton has a look at the evidence around why dads are important in the lives of their children.


Where's Dad?

Dr Gary Clapton, Fathers Network Scotland

"Father-Proofing Your Work" - A consensus is emerging that we now need to move from having to prove the value of fathers to designing services that include rather than exclude them, thus the use of the term ‘father-proofing’.


Scottish Fathers and the Labour Market

Stephen Overell, Working Families / Fathers Network Scotland

What evidence exists suggests Scotland has been slow to adopt flexible working.


Working Better With Fathers

Andrew Gardiner, Fathers Network Scotland

The Scottish Government supported Fathers Network Scotland to gather the views and experiences of agencies and individuals delivering children and family services to initiate a dialogue around the needs of fathers and their families.