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Professor Tracey Warren

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

Department: Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Centre/Institute: WEORG
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466451
Location: B34a (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

Professor Warren is an internationally-recognised expert in the study of working lives. Her areas of research expertise include equality, diversity and inclusion in work, work-life balance, under-employment, work time, job quality, atypical working, the division of domestic labour, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on work in/equalities.

Tracey's work has been published in such leading journals as Work, Employment and Society; the British Journal of Sociology; the Journal of Industrial Relations; Sociology; the Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations, and Social Policy Review. She is the co-author of the book 'Work and Society: Sociological, Approaches, Theories and Methods' (Routledge). She has carried out research projects funded by the ESRC, the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, the ISRF; and the European Social Fund.

Tracey has served as a member of the editorial boards of the journals Work, Employment and Society; Social Sciences; Sociology; the International Journal of Social Research Methodology.

Professor Warren is a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Social Sciences and an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is on the Academic Advisory Board for 'Working Families', the UK's leading work-life balance charity.

Tracey is currently Research Director for the OB/HRM Department in the Nottingham University Business School. She was the Business School's Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion from 2020-23.

Areas of Expertise
Tracey researches work and employment. Her areas of expertise include:
- work-life balance
- work-time patterns, practices and policies (e.g. hours of work, part-time employment, long working weeks and work schedules)
- under-employment
- job quality
- atypical working
- the division of domestic labour
- work inequalities
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in work
- the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on work
- cross-national research


The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.

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Tracey has decades of experience teaching on work and employment (and other things!) at UG and PGT levels and of working successfully with postgraduate researchers. Currently, she:
- convenes and co-teaches the executive MBA module 'Leadership, People and Organisational Capability'.
- co-teaches the BA module 'Work and Society'.

She is supervising the following postgraduate researchers on their PhDs:
- Elizabeth Darrington-Mosley
- Andreana Glendinning (co-supervised with Warwick university)
- Laura Hickman (co-supervised with Warwick University)
- Kate Simpson

Tracey is module convenor of the following module(s):


Leadership, People and Organisational Capability - Exec (BUSI4030)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

Tracey is a co-investigator on two research projects:
1. 'The Underemployment Project'
(funded by the ESRC)
'A sociological investigation of underemployment and the lived experiences of underemployed workers' addresses an important social issue: the increase in underemployed, vulnerable workers resulting from industrial changes, recessions, Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. Workers who are underemployed work below their potential or preference in terms of hours, wages and/or skills.

2. '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.

She led three research projects from 2020-22:
1. 'Carrying the work burden of the COVID-19 pandemic: working class women in the UK'.
Joint with Professor Clare Lyonette (Warwick university) 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 men?s working lives in the UK?'
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 DOI: 10.17639/nott.7158

Tracey is currently supervising the following Research Students:

Kate Simpson
School Administrative Roles
Departmental Research Director (OB/HRM)

School and University Committee Memberships
Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee (Formerly RD) 2023


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