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Lynn Prince Cooke

Professor of Social Policy, University of Bath

Prior to joining Bath in 2012, I obtained my DPhil in Sociology from the University of Oxford (2004), followed by a postdoctoral position at the University of Queensland (Australia), and then academic posts at the universities of Kent and Surrey. I have also been a visiting researcher at the European University Institute, University of Bielefeld, Rostock University, the University of Washington, Yale University, and the DIW/Berlin.

My current research includes using large-scale national datasets to explore how labour markets and social transfers structure economic inequalities among women and men, as well as between them. I am also interested in life course research, such as the impact of household divisions of labour on divorce risk. My research has thrice been short-listed for a Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research (2006, 2010, 2013). I am currently exploring how gender inequality is structured at the individual, couple, and employer levels in Finland, Germany and the UK under a five-year European Research Council consolidator grant (NEWFAMSTRAT #680958). Past funders include the British Academy, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst-Wandel durch Austausch (DAAD), the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission (IRISS), the Leverhulme Trust, and others.

Externally, I serve as a reviewer for international excellence initiatives and on the editorial boards of European Sociological Review. Gender & Society, and Journal of Marriage and Family. I have also been a consulting editor for American Journal of Sociology.


  • –present
    Professor of Social Policy, University of Bath