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Professor of Sociology

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Professor Pauline Leonard is Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and of the Royal Society of Arts.

My research interests are in work and organization, primarily in the areas of organizational and technological change, gender, race, age and identity and skilled labour migration.

Pauline’s principle research interests are in diversity and work and she has published widely on gender and organisations, race and professional migration, age, employability and careers.

Research interests

I have a longstanding interest in gender, work and organization; in particular taking a poststructuralist approach to explore how women are positioned through organizational discourses and cultures. This work was published in articles and led to two books, including Gender, Power and Organizations (2001, with Susan Halford) and Negotiating Gendered Identities at Work: Place, Space and Time (2006, with Susan Halford).

I am also fascinated in how working lives and aspects of identity such as gender and race are transformed through processes of migration. I have conducted empirical research in China, Hong Kong and South Africa, looking at how whiteness in particular provides an important resource in the making of new lives and identities in postcolonial contexts. This work has been published in articles and books including Expatriate Identities in Postcolonial Organizations: Working Whiteness (2010) Migration, Space and Transnational Identities: The British in South Africa (2014, with Daniel Conway), Immigration to China in the Post-Reform Era: Destination China (forthcoming, with Angela Lehmann) and British Migration: Globalisation, Transnational Identities and Multiculturalism (forthcoming, with Katie Walsh).

My interest in the changing nature of working lives has also been pursued through research which has explored how changing working space can impact on senses of identity and well-being. Research funded by the British Council of Offices led to the report Making the Workplace Work and an article which won a BSA Climate Change Prize in 2014.

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I am currently Head of Teaching Programmes in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology. I teach on postgraduate units on Philosophy and methods in social science and Designing a research project as well as monthly training sessions for the ESRC DTC.


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