Doctor Rebecca Taylor

Dr Rebecca Taylor

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Conceptualising work and the boundaries between paid and unpaid labour
  • Digital labour and work in the digital economy
  • Data, software and ethics

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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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.

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.