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I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE). My background is in the sociology of work and employment, and I am interested in the class and gender dimensions of working lives and structural inequalities in employment outcomes. My interest in construction stems from my PhD, which, working with the Bourdieusian notion of field, investigated the internal dynamics, tensions and power relations that characterise architectural production.
I took my degree in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (1997). After working in a HE library and in social housing for three years, I decided to pursue a career in social research, and completed a master's degree in Social Research Methods (2000), also at the LSE. I then worked at the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) for nine years, on a part-time basis for seven of those, balancing family and work responsibilities. Most of the projects I worked on addressed social policy concerns such as discrimination in the labour market, basic skills training provision for adults, the needs of social housing tenants, representation of ethnic minorities in higher education, women in science and academia, and family-friendly work policies and practices. The funders included the Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Education, the European Commission, non-governmental bodies (e.g. CABE) and professional institutions (e.g. RIBA). I left PSI to study for a PhD, which I worked on between 2009-2014 (University of York). I have been working at the University of Westminster since 2016.
Currently, I’m working on “Green Transitions in the Built Environment (GTBE)”, together with Professor Linda Clarke and Dr. Colin Gleeson. The objective of the research is to investigate the labour and labour process implications of the transition to a low carbon, energy efficient construction industry and the role of trade unions in implementing innovative low carbon construction projects in Europe. The study is overseen by the International and the Built Environment Working Groups of an international research programme, “Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces – An International Perspective”, of which ProBE is a partner.