NOVELLA: Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches

About the project

This project focused on analysing narratives in relation to three areas of family life:

  • parenting identities and practices
  • families and food
  • family lives and the environment.

NOVELLA is a node of the National Centre for Research Methods. It will interrogate the link between what people do and what they say they do; analyse the ways in which family members understand their practices, and document the process of conducting secondary narrative analysis and matching data across a range of datasets.

Jane Elliott, former Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, was a co-investigator on the project and lead work on constructing narratives on parenting from longitudinal data in the Millennium Cohort Study and the 1958 National Child Development Study.

This project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and ran for three years from October 2011.

Partner organisations:

NOVELLA is a collaboration between the Institute of Education, the Centre for Narrative Research at the University of East London, the Young Lives research programme at Oxford University and the University of Sussex.

CLS contact

Jane Elliott,

Chief Executive, ESRC

Jane was the former Director the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the Director of the collaborative CLOSER (Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) programme. Her main research interests include gender and employment, women’s careers, longitudinal research methodology, combining qualitative and quantitative research and narrative. Email Jane

Project lead:

Ann Phoenix, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education