Honorary Doctors 2017
Faculty of Social Sciences
Why are some children more fragile? How are we affected by being labelled? These types of questions are investigated by psychologist Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg and sociologist Jaber Gubrium. They have both been awarded the 2017 honorary doctorates at the Faculty of Social Sciences, and will have their degrees conferred on 2 June in Lund Cathedral.
Some children can handle growing up in harsh environments, others do not. To find out why, Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg studied genetic and environmental contributions to how children relate to their parents and has identified genes that are connected to the child’s sensitivity to stress. She has also conducted research on how the oxytocin hormone, associated with love and emotions, can affect parenting.
Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg’s contribution to developmental psychology is both deep and broad, writes the Faculty of Social Sciences in its citation for the honorary doctorate. In Lund, as well as in many other places, attachment researchers are inspired by her research and use the methods which she has developed.
Jaber F Gubrium’s research is about how people understand and interpret their everyday reality. Why, for example, do the people around you perceive you in a certain way and how are you affected by this perception? He has conducted research on the elderly and aging, and asks questions such as how do people shape their lives on the basis of preconceptions of the different stages of life.
He has visited both the School of Social Work and the Department of Sociology at Lund University on several occasions, and his qualitative research methods play a major role for the University’s researchers and students. He has also helped renew the ethnography of social science by defending the value of detailed field studies.