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Dr Jane Parry PhD

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Dr Jane Parry is a Visiting Fellow within Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology at the University of Southampton.

Jane is a qualitative sociologist with a particular interest in class and work. She joined the Centre for Research on Ageing as a Teaching Fellow, having previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre, where her work has included collaborating on an ESRC funded project looking at lifelong patterns of participation using NCDS and SPIS data.

Previously Jane worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute for 6 years, where she worked in the Employment Group. Her work here focused around labour market deprivation, occupational attachments, and older workers; she has extensive experience of working with government departments on policy evaluation. She’s also worked in the research department of a city council, and as a voluntary researcher for an MP (Peter Hain). She has conducted detailed qualitative research on coalmining, architecture and farming, and in 2003 won the Work Employment and Society Sage-sponsored prize for new writer. In 2005, together with Lynne Pettinger, Rebecca Taylor & Miriam Glucksmann, she edited A New Sociology of Work?, and has published in journals including Work, Employment and Society, Sociology, and Ageing and Society.

Jane received her PhD from the University of Southampton’s Sociology Department in 2000, based upon her ESRC-funded classed analysis of social reconfiguration in South Wales coalmining communities since the 1984/5 Miners' Strike. Previously she studied Gender & Social Policy at the University of Bristol (MSc) and Politics (BA) at the University of Portsmouth. She is a member of the British Sociological Association and of the Work Futures Research Centre.






Research interests

Jane’s research interests are driven by a concern to integrate social policy and theoretical approaches in tacking inequalities. They include:

  • Transitions and coping strategies in later life, including around retirement, bereavement and health crises;
  • Labour market inequalities and strategies around mobility;
  • The connections between paid and unpaid work over the life course; and
  • The relationship between classed and occupational identities.

Her recent research has included:

  • a critical review of the ‘new dynamics of work’;
  • an analysis of lifelong patterns of participation (and non-participation); and
  • an exploration of how the different voices of the third sector, political parties and media shaped the policy agenda over the course of the 2010 general election campaign.

 She is currently conducting research on employers’ perspectives on flexible working in later life, and is developing research ideas around blogging and exclusion.

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Employability Tutor

MSc Dissertations Workshop and Handbook Co-Coordinator (with Ros Willis)


    Pettinger, L., Parry, J., Taylor, R., & Glucksmann, M. (Eds.) (2006). A new sociology of work? (The Sociological Review Monographs). Oxford, GB: Wiley-Blackwell.

Book Chapters



Working Papers

Semester 1:

GERO6010 (DL) Perspectives in Gerontology (co-convening with Kathryn Wicks)

GERO6018 (FTF) Perspectives in Gerontology (co-convening with Kathryn Wicks)

GERO6026 (DL) Global Perspectives in Gerontology (co-convening with Kathryn Wicks)

Semester 2:

GERO6020 (FTF) Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (co-convening with Valeria Bordone)

GERO6011 (DL) Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (con-convening with Valeria Bordone)

Additional lecturing on:

GERO6017 and GERO 6013 Methods for Researching Ageing Societies

GERO6025 Policy Evaluation for Ageing Societies

GERO6015 Qualitative Research Methods

MEDI3049 Medicine and Elderly Care

Dr Jane Parry
Reception Building 58 University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number:58/4105

Telephone:(023) 8059 3264

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