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Department of Anthropology: Parent-Infant Sleep Lab

 Parent-Infant Sleep Lab

The Parent-Infant Sleep Lab is a research lab in the Department of Anthropology. It is the home for a group of researchers examining various aspects of infant and child sleep and parenting behaviour. The lab itself was opened in 2000, while the research programmes it houses have been in operation since 1995. The Sleep Lab provides opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students to become involved in our research, and we welcome enquiries. As our research team has grown our research focus has broadened and we are now involved in projects examining several aspects of adult sleep in addition to that of parents and their children.


Sleep Lab at Queen's Campus

Sleep Lab at Queen's Campus

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Watch a video about the research taking place at the Sleep Lab at Queen's Campus.

PhD Studentship Awarded

We are pleased to announce that Ms Allison Dixley has been awarded a 1+3 ESRC collaborative PhD studentship via the NE Doctoral Training Centre, to be based in the Anthropology Department's Parent-Infant Sleep Lab at Durham University. Allison, who previously obtained a 1st Class Honours degree in Law from Durham University, will commence her MA in Anthropological Research Methods in October 2014, followed by her PhD research into the effects of swaddling on infant sleep behaviour and physiology. UNICEF UK Babyfriendly Initiative are the project partners.

(22 Apr 2014)

Rhythms of Infant Life Conference, Presentations Now Online!

The Parent-Infant Sleep Lab's third bi-annual conference, the 'Rhythms of Infant Life', held on Monday 31st March 2014, was a huge success with nearly 200 registered delegates. Speakers' powerpoint slides are now available to download (click here to view), and a conference newsletter will follow shortly!

(7 Apr 2014)

Rhythms of Infant Life Conference - REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED!

The Parent Infant Sleep Lab are excited to annouce their third bi-annaul conference, entitled the 'Rythms of Infant Life'. The conference will take place at the anthropology department, Dawson Building, Durham University (Science Site - number 41 on the University Map) on March 31st, 2014. The one day conference will host international experts in infant sleep, who will present and discuss research relating to the development of infant sleep and biological rhythms. For further information, click here.


(2 Jan 2014)

New Publications

  • Ball H.L. (2013) Invited Editorial: Supporting parents who are worried about their newborn's sleep British Medical Journal [view on BMJ website] [download pdf]



To view all Sleep Lab related publications, click here.

Contact Details

Parent-Infant Sleep Lab
Ebsworth Building
Queen's Campus
Durham University
TS17 6BH
Tel: 0191 334 0260

Infant Sleep Info Source