I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE). My background is in sociology of work and employment, and I am interested in the class and gender dimensions of working lives, and structural inequalities. My interest in construction stems from my PhD, which, working with the Bourdieusian notion of field, investigated the internal dynamics and social 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), on a range of research that 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 architectural 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.
2019-2020: Sociology of Work and Industry (Seminar tutor)
2019- current: PhD Supervision: Part of the supervisory team for Denise Bowes whose research investigates women in quantity surveying.
2018-2019: International Business Research (Seminar Tutor)
Currently, I’m involved in the following projects:
Just Green Transitions and Global Union Organisations: Breadth, Depth and Worker Agency (with Professor Linda Clarke):
This project explores policies, innovations and practices that emanate from global labour organisations including the ILO, ITUC, IndustriALL, BWI, PSI, EU, ITF and EFFAT and their implementation through examination of case studies in different sectors. It addresses the following questions:
1. What have been the policy proposals and activities of global labour organisations with respect to climate change and its impacts on work and workplaces? What are the just transition visions underpinning these intervention?
2. What are the key external and internal political dynamics affecting the origins and content of these interventions? What is their role in driving forward the transformative vision implied in the just transition movement?
3. What are the lessons to be learnt from actual examples of just green transition efforts?
The study is funded by the international research programme Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change: An International Perspective ( https://adaptingcanadianwork.ca)
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.