Anne Barlow


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Anne Barlow FAcSS is Professor of Family Law and Policy at the University of Exeter. She specialises in family law and policy research, and has published widely in the field. Between 2011 and 2014, she led the three-year interdisciplinary study Mapping Paths to Family Justice, looking at out-of-court dispute resolution of private family law issues, which was funded by the Economic Social and Research Council (ESRC). She also led a follow-on impact study, Creating Paths to Family Justice (2015–19), where she and the Mapping Paths research team worked with a number of agencies – including OnePlusOne, Relate, the Ministry of Justice, the Family Mediation Council (FMC), Resolution and the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) – to draw on research findings to develop online and offline mediation services for separating couples and children. Anne was appointed as the Academic Member of the Family Justice Council from 2011–15 and in 2014 she served as a member of the government’s Task Force on Family Mediation. Her book, Mapping Paths to Family Justice: Resolving Family Disputes in Neoliberal Times (Palgrave, 2017), co-authored with the Mapping Paths research team (Rosemary Hunter, Janet Smithson and Jan Ewing), also won the Hart-Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) book prize in 2018.