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Professor Tracey Warren

BA (Hons) (The University of Liverpool), MSc with distinction (University of Salford), PhD (The University of Liverpool)
Professor of Sociology

Division: Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466451
Location: 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 Sheff ield; 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 is currently on the editorial board of the international, open access journal Social Sciences. She has served as a member of the boards of 'Work, Employment and Society' (twice), 'Sociology' and 'the International Journal of Social Research Methodology'. She is on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Understanding Society (UKHLS) study and is currently a member of Timewise's Innovation Unit: a do-tank piloting ways of finding two-way flexibility in challenging sectors and roles.

Administrative Roles
Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

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:
Elizabeth Darrington-Mosley
Andreana Glendinning (co-supervised with Clare Lyonette at Warwick university)
Laura Hickman (co-supervised with Clare Lyonette at Warwick University)
Vahini Sangarapillai
Kate Simpson

Tracey is currently leading two research projects:
Carrying the work burden of the COVID-19 pandemic: working class women in the UK.
Joint with the Women's Budget Group and Professor Clare Lyonette (Warwick university), and funded by the ESRC, the project asks 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.

Evaluating the work-life balance (WLB) framework: a pilot project to gain insights from Denmark a world leading work-life balanced society.
Funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust and supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the project is interrogating and evaluating what 'work-life balance' means as a concept, and if/how how it can be supported, via gaining insights from Denmark.

She is also part of an exciting new 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.

Older Publications

Older Publications

Journal Articles

Warren, T. (2011), "Researching domestic work: practices, relationships, negotiations, and meanings", Sociological Review, Vol.59(1), pp. 129-148.

Warren, T. (2010), "Work time. Leisure time. On women's temporal and economic wellbeing in Europe", Community, Work and Family, Vol.13(4), pp. 365-392.

Warren, T; Pascall, G; Fox E. (2010), "Gender equality in work time", Feminist Economics, Vol.16(3), pp. 193-219.

Fox, E; Pascall, G; Warren T. (2009), "Work-family policies, participation and practices: fathers and childcare in Europe", Community, Work and Family, Vol.12(3), pp. 313-326.

Warren, T; Pascall, G; Fox E. (2009), "Innovative policies for gender equality from Europe: implications for low waged women in England", Gender, Work and Organization, Vol.16(1), pp. 126-150.

Warren, T, (2008), "Universal disadvantage?: female part-timers in Europe", European Societies, Vol.10(5), pp. 737-762.

Warren, T. (2007), "Conceptualising breadwinning work", Work, Employment and Society, Vol.21(2), pp. 317-336.

Warren, T, (2006), "Moving beyond the gender wealth gap: on gender, class and ethnically-related wealth in the UK", Feminist Economics, Vol.12(1-2), pp. 195-219.

Warren, T. (2004), "Working part-time: achieving the ideal work-life balance?", British Journal of Sociology, Vol.10(4), pp. 99-121.

Warren, T. (2003), "A privileged pole?: on women's diverse economic positions in Britain", Gender, Work and Organization, Vol.10(4), pp. 605-628.

Warren, T. (2003), "Class- and gender-based working time?", Sociology, Vol.37(4), pp. 733-752.

Warren, T. (2003), "Ethnic diversity in economic well-being: the added significance of wealth and asset levels", Journal of Ethnic and Migration studies, Vol.29(1), pp. 103-119.

Warren, T, (2001), "Divergent female part-time employment in Britain and Denmark and the implications for gender equity", Sociological Review, Vol.49(4), pp. 548-5.

Warren,T; Rowlingson, K; Whyley,C. (2001), "Female finances: gender wage gaps, gender assets gaps", Work, Employment and Society, Vol.15(3), pp. 465-488.

Warren, T, (2000), "Diverse breadwinner models: a couple-based analysis of gendered working time in Britain and Denmark", Journal of European Social Policy, Vol.10(4), pp. 349-371.

Warren, T. (2000), "Women in low status part-time jobs: a class and gender analysis", Sociological Research Online, Vol.4(4), pp. 152-170.

Warren,T; Rowlingson, K; Whyley, C. (2000), "Gender and wealth inequality", Radical Statistic, Vol.75, pp. 49-84.

Warren, T; Walters, P. (1998), "Appraising a dichotomy: the use of part-time/full-time in the study of women's employment in Britain", Gender, Work and Organization, Vol.5(2), pp. 102-118.


Rowlingson, K; Warren, T; Whyley, C. (2001), Wealth Inequality: a Lifecycle Perspective, Policy Studies Institute.

Chapters in Books

Warren, T. (2010), "Penalties of part-time work across Europe", in Gender Inequalities in the 21st Century: New Barriers and Continuing Constraints, London: Edward Elgar..

Warren, T, (2007), "The gender wealth gap in the UK", in Women and the Distribution of Wealth, Routledge.

Warren, T. (2002), "Gendered and classed working time in Britain: dual-employee couples in higher/lower level occupations", in Social Conceptions of Time: Structure and Process in Work and Everyday Life, London: Palgrave.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Warren, T.; Lyonette, C. (2020), "Ungrateful slaves? An examination of job quality and job satisfaction for male part-time workers in the UK", British Journal of Sociology, Vol.71/2, pp. 382-402.

Warren, T.; Lyonette, C. (2018), "Good, bad and very bad part-time jobs for women?: re-examining the importance of occupational class for job quality since the ?great recession? in Britain", Work, Employment and Society, Vol.33(4), 747-767.

Warren, T. (2015), "Work-life balance/imbalance: the dominance of the middle class and the neglect of the working class.", British Journal of Sociology, Vol.66(4), 691-717.

Warren, T. (2015), "Work-time underemployment and financial hardship: class inequalities and recession in the UK.", Work, Employment and Society, Vol.29(2), 191-212.


Strangleman, T; Warren, T. (2015), Work and Society: Sociological, Approaches, Theories and Methods.

Chapters in Books

Beck, V.; Fuertes, V,; Kamer?de, D.; Lyonette, C.; Warren, T. (2020), "Working lives", in Life after Covid: Essays towards a Better Future, Bristol University Press, forthcoming 2020.

Warren, T. (2019), "The secondary data analysis of large survey data: opportunities and challenges for research into the quality of working lives?", in Handbook of Research Methods on the Quality of Working Lives, Edward Elgar.

Pattison, J;Warren, T. (2018), "How effectively are class disparities and social inequalities controlled in the UK? Working lives and living standards", in The UK\'s Changing Democracy: The 2018 Democratic Audit., London: LSE.

Pattison, J; Warren, T. (2017), "Audit 2017: How effectively are class inequalities controlled in the UK?", in The 2017 Audit of UK Democracy., London: LSE.

Warren, T. (2017), "Work-life balance, time and money: identifying the work-life balance priorities of working class workers", in the Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations, Kluwer Law International.

Warren, T. (2016), "Work-life balance and class: in search of working class work-lives", in Work-Life Balance in Times of Austerity and Beyond: Meeting the needs of Employees, Organizations and Social Justice, 112-130, London: Routledge.

Warren, T. (2016), "Work and social theory", in Handbook for the Sociology of Work and Employment, London: Sage..

Warren, T; Lyonette C. (2015), "The quality of part-time work in Britain", in Unequal Britain at Work: The Evolution and Distribution of Intrinsic Job Quality in Britain, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Warren, T. (2014), "Economic crisis, work life balance and class.", in Social Policy Review 26: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2014, (26(1)), 11-28, Policy Press.



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