Killian Mullan

Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Time Use Research

Research Areas: Time Use.

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Killian is a sociologist of the family and his research considers how individuals in families spend time together. One strand of his research focuses on parents where he has conducted cross-national research exploring the interplay between social policy settings and how mothers and fathers spend time in paid work, unpaid domestic work and childcare. More recently in this vein, he has been studying father involvement with children in the UK. In a second strand of research he is interested in how children and young people spend their time, both with and away from their parents. Killian is especially interested in the interplay between socioeconomic factors and children and young people’s time use, and the manner in which parents influence their day-to-day activities. His current work, at the Centre for Time Use Research, focuses on children and young people’s time use in cross-national and longitudinal perspective. In addition to these substantive research interests, he works on methodological questions of interest in the field of time use research more generally. Prior to Oxford, he was briefly at the London School of Economics, and worked for a number of years in Australia in academia at the Social Policy Research Centre (University of New South Wales, Sydney), and in the public sector at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (Melbourne). Killian completed his PhD in Applied Social & Economic Research with the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex.



Time Use; Family; Children and Young People; Quantitative Methodology



Journal articles

Craig, L., and Mullan, K. (2013) 'Parental leisure time: a gender comparison in five countries' Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society 20(3), 329-357

Craig, L. & Mullan, K. (2012). Lone and couple mothers’ childcare time within context in four countries. European Sociological Review. 28(4), 512-526.

Craig, L. & Mullan, K. (2011), 'How fathers and mothers share childcare: a cross-national time-use comparison', American Sociological Review, 76(6), 834-861.

Mullan, K. (2010). Families that read: A time-diary analysis of young people’s and parents’ reading. Journal of Research in Reading, 33(4), 414-430.

Mullan, K. (2010). Valuing the inputs and outputs of parental care in the United Kingdom. Feminist Economics, 16(3), 113-139.

Mullan, K. (2009). Young people’s time use and maternal employment in the UK. British Journal of Sociology, 60(4), 741-762.

Egerton, M., & Mullan, K. (2008). Being a pretty good citizen: An analysis and monetary valuation of formal and informal voluntary work by gender and educational attainment. The British Journal of Sociology, 59(1), 145-164.

Government reports, chapters

Mullan, K., & Higgins, D. (2014). A safe and supportive environment for children: Key components and links to child outcomes. Occasional Paper No. 52. Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Mullan K. (2014) Time use and children’s social and emotional wellbeing, and temperament. In Daraganova, G. & Edwards, B. (Eds.) The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Annual Statistical Report 2013. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Mullan, K. (2014) Longitudinal analysis of LSAC time-diary data: Considerations for data users. LSAC Technical Report. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Mullan, K. (2013) ‘School’s out - Afterschool’s in: Children’s after-school care arrangements and activities’. In Daraganova, G., Maguire, B., Kaspar, J., & Edwards, B. (Eds.) The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Annual Statistical Report 2012 (pp. 77-92). Melbourne: The Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Mullan, K., & Daraganova, G. (2012) ‘Reading: The home and family context’. In Year Book Australia 2012 (pp. 19-31). Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics.