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Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Work, Queen Mary University of London

I am a sociologist in a business school studying how social class affects access to the elite professions, and subsequent career progression. I have recently published a book called: Highly Discriminating: Why the City isn't Fair and Diversity doesn't Work. This explores how the City of London has deployed a meritocratic narrative to obscure highly exclusive recruitment and promotion practices, from which it benefits. It also explains how diversity interventions do not work as their primary function is to preserve the unequal status quo.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London


  • 2009 
    University of Oxford, Sociology