Work and Society

The Centre for Research on Work and Society

The Centre for Research and Work and Society (CROWS) brings together social scientists from various departments and schools at City, University of London, interested in the study of work.


Centre Mission and Aims

The mission of the Centre for Research on Work and Society is:

  1. to combine the expertise and capacities of researchers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines;
  2. to develop new perspectives and approaches that lead to cooperative investigation;
  3. to disseminate ideas and research findings as well generate debate and stimulate social change through regular meetings, organised events and other coordinated interventions.

Research interests

The interests of our members include

  • economic and social inequality
  • poverty
  • labour markets and careers
  • organisations
  • political economy
  • comparative analyses of work
  • work culture
  • work-life boundaries and intersections
  • identity and representation
  • the social, spatial and temporal organisation of paid and unpaid work
  • new forms and patterns of work.

Director: Dr. Gerbrand Tholen


Our members

The Centre for Research on Work and Society consists of staff members and PhD students from across City, University of London. It covers a wide range of research interests, specialisms and approaches to the understanding of work and society.

The group is open to new membership for anyone with interested in the study of work.


1 April 12-1pm, D111 (Rhind) Vanessa Gash, ‘The Partner Pay Gap – How normative values of male breadwinning sustain within partner pay' Chair: Gerbrand Tholen.  In conjunction with the Gender and Sexualities Research Centre (GSRC).

Rosmary Crompton Memorial Lecture

The Rosemary Crompton Memorial Lecture 2019

Rosemary Compton

Professor Jacqueline O'Reilly presents:'Work in the Digital Age'

Austerity and the digital transformation of work are two key ongoing factors shaping inequalities in the UK. This lecture briefly looks back at some of the main contributions Rosemary Crompton made to understand gender and class inequalities in the UK and from a comparative European perspective. It will examine how austerity has changed the gendered composition of work in European households. It will also look at how digital technologies are transforming work and what implications these have for new and existing forms of inequality. What do these transformations mean about whose voices are heard in this process, and to what extent is it possible to harness technology for the ‘good of all’?

Professor Jacqueline O’Reilly is Professor of Comparative Human Resource Management at the University of Sussex. Her research focuses on international comparisons of gender and labour market transitions across the life cycle for youth, parents and older workers.

Recent books include the co-edited volumes Work in the Digital Age: Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Rowman and Littlefield 2018); Negotiating Early Job Insecurity: Well-being, Scarring and Resilience of European Youth (Edward Elgar 2019); Youth Labor in Transition: Inequalities, Mobility and Policies in Europe (Oxford University Press 2019).
She coordinated a EU FP7 funded large-scale research project STYLE: Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe  and was a research partner on a Horizon 2020 project, NEGOTIATE job insecurity in Europe.


Dr Marisol Sandoval is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department at City, University of London. She is the author of From Corporate to Social Media? (2014) and co-editor of Internet and Surveillance (2012) and Critique, Social media and the Information Society (2013). She is currently researching worker co-operatives in the cultural sector.

Professor Sylvia Walby is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Violence and Society Centre at City, University of London. Her many books include Patriarchy at Work (1986) Globalisation and Inequalites (2009) The Future of Feminism (2011) Crisis (2015) and the co-authored book The Concept and measurement of violence against women and men (2017). She is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts.

Date: 13th May 2019

Time: 5 - 6.30pm

Followed by reception

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre,
Tait Building,
City, University of London,
Northampton Square,

The Annual Rosemary Crompton memorial lecture promotes and supports the dissemination of cutting-edge research on gender, class and employment.

Donations help us meet the costs of the event and ensure future sustainability. You can donate online selecting 'Rosemary Crompton Lecture Fund' from the pull-down menu.

The Rosemary Crompton Memorial Lecture Series is supported by the British Sociological Association, City, University of London and the Journal, Work, Employment and Society.

Previous lectures

The Inaugural Rosemary Crompton Memorial Lecture, March, 2015

The British Sociological Association, Work Employment and Society and City University London launched the Rosemary Crompton Memorial Lecture Series in 2014.

The series has been set up to commemorate, celebrate and perpetuate the work of Rosemary Crompton (1942 – 2011).

Rosemary was one of the leading British sociologists of her generation and a major contributor to international scholarship and to shifting the parameters of theoretical debates within which the analysis of class, work and gender are conducted. She remains one of the most widely cited British sociologists on these topics. When she died in 2011, there was agreement among colleagues who had been influenced by her work, that her scholarly influence should be formally recognized in an enduring way. This was the motivation for the Rosemary Crompton Annual Memorial Lecture series which celebrates the enduring relevance of the interplay between work, gender and class in contemporary research agendas. Professor Kate Purcell, University of Warwick, outlines the rationale for the series in detail in the video below.

The inaugural Rosemary Crompton lecture was given at City University in March 2015. The inaugural speaker was Professor Erik Olin Wright, University of Wisconsin-Madison, an international expert in class inequalities and a former colleague of Professor Crompton.

Erik Olin WrightThe Inaugural Rosemary Crompton Memorial Lecture – March, 2015

Lecture Title: Degendering Carework with Professor Erik Olin Wright

Professor Erik Olin Wright, also delivered a Speed Dating Master Class at City University London for graduate students on the afternoon of the 19th of March. This was a unique opportunity to engage in some academic brain storming on key issues/puzzles in your research with Professor Olin Wright.

2016 Lecture series

The Rosemary Crompton Memorial Lecture Series 2016 with Professor Janet C. Gornick