Living apart together - or being in a relationship but not sharing a home - is a lifestyle that attracts about nine per cent of adults in the UK, with similar numbers in the industrialised world.
A UK researcher who is an expert in living apart together (LAT) will be at The University of Western Australia soon to discuss the findings of UK and Europe-based studies which give an overview of the practices and values of people in non-cohabiting relationships.
Sasha Roseneil is Professor of Sociology and Social Theory, and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research at the University of London. The author of several books about gender studies, she is a 2014 visiting UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Professor-at-Large.
Professor Roseneil suggests that the struggles and pleasures of LAT partners speak to the wider condition of personal life in the early 21st century, and the fundamental tension between intimacy and autonomy.