Short CV/Education and training

Academic qualifications

  • 1967
    BA Honours Sociology. First Class, London School of Economics and Political Science, London University

  • 1972
    PhD Sociology, London School of Economics


  • 1970 – 1971
    Lecturer in Sociology, Brunel University

  • 1971 – 1973
    Lecturer in Sociology, University of Leicester

  • 1973 – 1991
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Sociology, South Bank Polytechnic

  • 1967 – 1969
    Graduate Tutor in Sociology, London School of Economics

  • 1991 – 1996
    Reader in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Essex

  • Since 1996
    Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Essex

Selected publications

  • 1974 Structuralist Analysis in Contemporary Social Thought, Routledge

  • 1982/2009 Women on the Line, Routledge (Published under the pseudonym of Ruth Cavendish). 2nd edition with new Introduction, Routledge

  • 1990 Women Assemble: Women Workers and the 'New Industries' in Inter-war Britain, Routledge

  • 2000 Cottons and Casuals: the Gendered Organisation of Labour in Time and Space, sociologypress

  • 2005 The New Sociology of Work, joint editor and contributor, Blackwell

  • 2006 'Developing an economic sociology of care and rights' in (ed.) L. Morris Rights: Sociological Perspectives. London: Routledge.

  • 2007 'Telephone transactions: instituting new processes of exchange and distribution' in M. Harvey, R. Ramlogan, S. Randles (eds) Karl Polanyi: new perspectives on the place of the economy in society. Manchester: MUP

  • 2008 Lyon, D. and M.G. 'Comparative Configurations of Care Work across Europe', Sociology 42,1: 101-118.

  • 2009 'Formations, connections and divisions of labour', Sociology (Special Issue on Re-thinking Sociologies of Work), 43, 5: 878-895.

  • 2013 and Kathryn Wheeler 'Economies of Recycling, "Consumption Work" and Divisions of Labour in Sweden and England'

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • "Consumption work and societal divisions of labour". University of Essex, Department of Sociology. Research programme funded by the European Research Council. 2010 – 2013. See:

  • "Transformations of Work: New Frontiers, Shifting Boundaries, Changing Temporalities". University of Essex, Department of Sociology. Professorial Fellowship project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. 2004 – 2007.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Recent Professional responsibilities (selection):

  • Economic and Social Research Council: Sustainable Practices Group Advisory Board member, 2010 – 2013

  • Economic and Social Research Council: International Benchmarking Review of Sociology: Steering Group member, 2009 – 2010

  • Economic and Social Research Council: Professorial Fellowship: Member of Commissioning Panel 2006, 2008

  • Economic and Social Research Council: GeNET Gender and Equality Network: Chair of Advisory Committee, 2004 – 2010

  • Economic and Social Research Council: 'Does Work Still Shape Social Identities and Action?' Research Programme, Member of Advisory Board, 2005 – 2008

  • Economic and Social Research Council: Future of Work Programme: Member of Advisory Committee 1998 – 2004, of Commissioning Panels 1998 and 2000

  • Economic and Social Research Council: Priority Network on Gender and (In)equality: the dynamics of difference. Member of Commissioning Panel 2002 – 2003

  • British Academy: Member of the Research Committee, 2006 – 2010

Additional qualifications

  • Graduate Supervision: sole supervisor of over 25 successfully completed PhDs; supervision of over 150 MA/MPhil dissertations.


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