BA (Hons) (The University of Liverpool), MSc with distinction (University of Salford), PhD (The University of Liverpool)
Professor of Sociology
Department: Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
+44 (0) 115 8466451
B34a (North Building, Jubilee Campus)
Tracey is a sociologist of work and employment with expertise in social inequalities in work.
She has worked at the University of Nottingham since 2007, located previously in the School of Sociology and Social Policy. She has held Research & Teaching posts at the universities of Newcastle and Sheffield; and research posts at the Policy Studies Institute (London: in its 'Employment' research group) and the Aarhus School of Business (working on the female labour force in Denmark). Before this, Tracey held a number of jobs, ranging from working in a nightclub, for a feminist charity, in a shop, in a cafe, at a factory and at an FE college.
Areas of Expertise
Tracey's areas of expertise include:
- work-time patterns, practices and policies (e.g. hours of work, part-time employment, long working weeks and work schedules)
- work-life balance
- job quality
- atypical working
- the division of domestic labour
- gender and work
- class inequalities
- ethnicity and work
Tracey has served as a member of the editorial boards of the journals 'Social Sciences', 'Work, Employment and Society', 'Sociology' and 'the International Journal of Social Research Methodology'. She is on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Understanding Society (UKHLS) study; is a member of the Timewise Innovation Unit (a do-tank piloting ways of finding two-way flexibility in challenging sectors and roles); and is on the Academic Advisory Board for Working Families, the UK's leading work-life balan ce charity.
Tracey is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
School Committee Memberships
|Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
|School Management Group
Tracey has decades of experience teaching on work and employment (and other things!) at UG and PGT levels and of working successfully with PGRs.
She is working with the following postgraduate researchers on their PhDs:
Andreana Glendinning (co-supervised with Warwick university)
Laura Hickman (co-supervised with Warwick University)
Tracey led three research projects from 2020-:
1. 'Carrying the work burden of the COVID-19 pandemic: working class women in the UK'.
Joint with Professor Clare Lyonette (Warwick unliiversity) and the UK Women's Budget Group, and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of UK Research and Innovation's rapid response to COVID-19, the project asked in what ways working class women are carrying the work burden of the pandemic and what are the urgent policy needs to protect them, and ensure they are able to continue their critical work.
2. 'How is COVID-19 impacting women and menAs working lives in the UKA'
Joint with Dr Luis Torres and the UK Women's Budget Group, this project examined the social impacts of Covid-19 on the UKs labour force through a gendered lens to better understand gender inequalities in working lives in the UK. It was funded by Health Data Research UK, as part of the rapid funding call to use and enrich the data within the Data & Connectivity National Core Study capability.
3. 'Evaluating the work-life balance (WLB) framework: a pilot project to gain insights from Denmark a world leading work-life balanced society'.
With Lene Hytloft, the project interrogated and evaluated what 'work-life balance' means as a concept, and if/how how it can be supported, via gaining insights from Denmark. It was funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust (RA3159) and supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The literature sources are freely available at the University of Nottingham Research Data Repository https://rdmc.nottingham.ac.uk/ DOI: 10.17639/nott.7158
She is also part of an exciting 3 year project 'Managing at the Margins: Women Making it Work in Precarious Times' (funded by the Australian Research Council). The project is led by Professor Lyn Craig and conducted with Dr Brendan Churchill and Dr Signe Ravn, all at the University of Melbourne.
Tracey is currently supervising the following Research Students:
The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.
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