- Changing workplaces and occupations
- Workforce inequalities
- Flexible, remote and hybrid working
- The interaction of paid and unpaid work in individual lifecourse trajectories
- Policy-focused research
Accepting applications from PhD students.
Jane is an Associate Professor of Work and Employment at Southampton Business School. She is Chair of the Business and Law Research Ethics Sub-Committee and Co-Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee.
Jane is a sociologist of work and applied qualitative researcher, who has managed projects for a range of funding bodies and government departments over the past two decades, raising over a £1m in reserach revenue. Her research looks at how employment and careers are changing within different occupations, as well as how disadvantage operates within labour markets, with a particular focus on life course factors. She was a co-editor of Blackwell's A New Sociology of Work? and of Routledge's forthcoming Sociology, Work and Organisations: A global perspective.
Jane came to an academic career from starting out as a researcher for Peter Hain PC. She is particularly concerned with producing impactful research, and involving policymakers and practitioners to ensure that that policy is continually informed by high-quality evidence. She regularly contributes to Government consultations and inquiries. Her research on independent living was taken up by the Minister for Pensions to inform the then Link Age strategy, and she has run a roundtable at Portcullis House on flexible work sponsored by the Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions. She has worked for clients including the Health and Safety Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council, and, on many occasions, the DWP. She has recently sat on BEIS working group on The Future of Work.
Jane is a former Parliamentary Academic Fellow for the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST), and is led Work After Lockdown, a cross-institutional project funded by the UKRI/ESRC, that followed organisations and individuals negotiating change following COVID-19 driven working from home. She has continued this interest in hybrid and flexible working, recently conducting research for Acas on how different sectors use flexible working in a combination of statutory and informal ways, and is currently looking at the links between young people's use of different workpaces, and their productivity, learning, and well-being. She has contributed to various Radio 4 and BBC programmes, The Financial Times, Times, and written for The Guardian on future of work debates.