Rebecca is an Associate Professor based in the department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, in the School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Southampton.
She is a sociologist of work, employment and organisations with broad interests that span conceptual debates about paid and unpaid work; the nature of careers, occupations, and professions; employment policies and programmes; digital labour and digital transformation and research ethics and data and software practices. She has published extensively in a range of academic journals and is on the editorial board for the journal Work Employment Society.
She is a co- director of the Work Futures Research Centre, an interdisciplinary research and consultancy hub which draws on experts from across the University of Southampton. The centre aims to disseminate research, influence policy and practice though seminars, briefings, blogs and events and showcase cutting edge research on work and its futures.
She is an associate of the Software Sustainability institute based at the Universities of Southampton Edinburgh and Manchester. https://www.software.ac.uk/about/staff/person/rebecca-taylor
She is also an associate fellow of Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (DIGIT) an ESRC funded centre at the University of Sussex.
Rebecca’s current teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels spans social theory, research design and methodology and the sociology of work and employment. Her current responsibilities include Teaching, Learning and Assessment lead for the department.
- Conceptualising work and the boundaries between paid and unpaid labour
- Digital labour and work in the digital economy
- Data, software and ethics
- Organisations and Institutions delivering public services
- Innovation in health and social care
Recent projects have included: a WSI funded study of Digital Transformation in Domestic Abuse services exploring innovation in front line domestic abuse service delivery as a result of the pandemic; A study on Employee Driven Innovation in Health funded by ESRC/Llakes exploring bottom-up innovation in health through ethnographic case studies in and on the boundaries of the NHS.
Rebecca is currently working on:
- A study entitled ‘Beyond organisational boundaries: Open source digital infrastructure in the delivery of products and services’ for the ESRC funded Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (DIGIT) at the University of Sussex. (link to come in September)
- Studies of data and software skill for AHRC and EPSRC (UKRI) with the Software sustainability Institute https://engagementhub.ukri.org/community/ahrcsoftwareanddata/
- A study of digital clergy and meaningful work with colleagues Gillian Symon and Rebecca Whiting at Royal Holloway and Birkbeck, University of London.
Rebecca is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has an interest in teaching quality, particularly with regard to alignment of learning outcomes and assessment; technological and other forms of innovation in teaching learning and assessment tools to ensure relevance; embedding skills based teaching and critical reflection to enhance students employability and support graduate journeys; and high quality research methods teaching based on ‘real world’ practice and experiential learning.
Rebecca has over 20 years academic and policy research experience and expertise in qualitative methodology, research ethics and data management. She has a track record in rasing research income from funders such as ESRC,
Prior to her role at Southampton Rebecca was a Lecturer in Sociology at Oxford Brookes University, and before that she was a research fellow at the ESRC funded Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) at the University of Birmingham and before that a research fellow in the employment group at the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) in London.