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Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Kent

I am a labour market & welfare state researcher and Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, a part of the University of Kent, UK. I am the author of the book "The Flexibility Paradox: why flexible working leads to (self-)exploitation" published by Policy Press:

My research interest lies in explaining work-life balance and labour market insecurities of individuals through working conditions and welfare state institutions in a comparative perspective. I am also interested in gender inequalities within the labour market and in the household.

I was the Principal Investigator of an ESRC funded project that examines flexible working, its prevalent and its outcomes on a wide range of issues including work-family conflict.
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I received funding from the UK Cabinet Office Government Equalities Office to examine how shared child care between mothers and fathers in hetrosexual couple household lead to a wide range of well-being outcomes for the family.


  • 2017–present
    Reader, University of Kent
  • 2014–2017
    Senior lecturer, University of Kent
  • 2011–2014
    Lecturer , University of Kent
  • 2009–2011
    Post-doctoral Researcher, Tilburg University


  • 2009 
    Tilburg University, Ph.D in Sociology
  • 2005 
    Edinburgh University, MSc in Research in Social Policy
  • 2003 
    Yonsei University, MSW in Social Policy

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Family caring arrangements and well-being outcomes
    Funding Source:
    Government Equalities Office, UK Government(Cabinet Office)
  • 2017
    Flexible working & Future of Work in Estonia
    Funding Source:
    Estonian Parliament
  • 2015
    Welfare State Futures: Our Children's Europe
    Funding Source:
  • 2014
    Part-time careers in Norway – the end of normalization?
    National expert
    Funding Source:
    Norwegian Research Council
  • 2013
    Working time flexibility and work life balance
    Funding Source: