CAVA’s original 5-year research programme was made up of 6 strands. For further information about each strand, please click on the required links below, or on the menu to the right (where you can also learn more about CAVA's ongoing research).

October 1999 - May 2000
Develops the theoretical, conceptual and methodological frameworks for the whole programme. Also reviews existing empirical research on:
kinship, obligation and care; changes in households, work and welfare; user-movements and grass-roots' organisations; existing welfare strategies; and citizenship, democracy and welfare.

October 1999 - December 2003
Explores how people in Britain identify and fulfil their family
responsibilities in 4 different contexts:
1. Mothers, Care and Employment
2. Families after Divorce
3. Transnational Kinship
4. Friendship and Non-Conventional Partnerships

September 2000 - September 2003
Draws on research from a range of western welfare states, to mirror the research concerns of Strands 3 and 5.

March 2000 - December 2003
Investigates the claims of grass-roots' organisations and trade unions on issues affecting parenting and partnering, and the challenges these make to the form and shape of social policy.

March 2003 - September 2004
Feeds research findings into Citizens' Dialogues and probes findings through a survey with Leeds Citizens' Panel.