Profile: Robin Hadley
Robin was awarded his PhD in Social Gerontology by Keele University in December 2015. His PhD study, into the experiences of involuntarily childless older men, has received much international attention. Robin’s previous careers included roles as counsellor, deputy technical manager, scientific and technical photographer, kitchen assistant, and bar tender. Robin’s training as a counsellor and his own experience of the desire for fatherhood led him to research into the desire for fatherhood in involuntarily childless men as part of his Master of Arts in Counselling at The University of Manchester. He followed this up with a self-funded Mater of Science (again at The University of Manchester) exploring the levels of desire for parenthood (‘broodiness’) in females and males, parents and non-parents. He was born in 1960’s in a working class area of Manchester in the UK and was the 7th of 8 children. He is currently involved in a number of projects relating to ageing, dementia, technology, fathers, and childlessness.