Dr Sarah Barnard

BSc; PhD

  • Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Contemporary Work

Research groups and centres

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.


  • BSC080: Analysing Careers
  • Undergraduate Business Psychology Dissertation Supervisor
  • BSP020: Human Resource Management
  • BSP406: Career Development
  • BSP453: Research Methods for HRM
  • Postgraduate Human Resource Management Dissertation Supervisor

Current grants

  • Principal Investigator (2018 – present) for the Loughborough University team, with Prof Hassan and Prof Dainty on ACT project: ‘Promoting Communities of Practice to advance knowledge, collaborative learning and institutional change on gender equality in the European Research Area’ (see https://www.act-on-gender.eu/project) (EC Grant total: 3m euros)
  • Principal 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 supervision

  • (2014 to present) with Professor Dainty and Dr Thomson. Chrissi McCarthy on ‘The relationship between organisational justice and equality and diversity policies in large main contractor organisations in the UK’.
  • (2016 to present) with Professor Arnold. Ghazal Vahidi on ‘Representation of careers in British print media, 1985-2015’.

Research interests

  • Inequalities in society
  • Social impact of construction and engineering
  • How digital technology can inform and influence professional working practices
  • Gender and higher education.