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Dr Sarah Barnard BSc; PhD

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Lecturer in Sociology of Contemporary Work

My research focuses largely on gender, organisations, sociology of higher education and sociological research in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). I have extensive experience applying quantitative and qualitative social research methods over a range of research and consultancy projects. I have written and published 20 conference papers, seven journal articles and 11 reports on these subjects.

As a former Chair of the University’s Research Staff Association (LURSA) and a long serving member of research staff in the institution I am a keen advocate of the principles of researcher development as put forward by Vitae and actively support the University’s commitment to developing Research Staff.

Before moving to the School of Business and Economics in January 2016 I was the Athena SWAN Co-Champion for the School of Civil and Building Engineering and remain a member of Loughborough University’s Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team.

I am also an active member of The Gendered Lives Research Group:



BSP111 ‘Career Management’

BSP406 ‘Managing Careers’


Current Grants

Co-Investigator (2013 - present), with Prof Tarek Hassan, Prof Andrew Dainty and Prof Barbara Bagilhole ‘GenderTIME’, funded by the European Commission EU-funded Gendertime Project (see (Grant total: 2.3m euros)

Co-Investigator (2015 - present), with Dr Fehmidah Munir and Prof John Arnold on ‘Longitudinal Study on Women’s experiences of leadership in higher education’ for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (Grant total: £110k)


PhD Student Supervision


(2014 – present) in the School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University. Joint supervision with Professor Dainty and Dr Thomson of Chrissi McCarthy’s part-time PhD on the relationship between organisational justice and equality and diversity policies in large main contractor organisations in the UK.


PhD supervision for projects to commence in October 2016:

‘Representations of career in the printed media over 30 years’

‘Parent-entrepreneurs: reimagining work-life through creative self-employment’

I am interested in research that investigates inequalities in society; explores the social impact of construction and engineering; how digital technology can inform and influence professional working practices; gender and higher education.

Member of the British Sociological Association.

Member of the Women in Higher Education Management (WHEM) network: