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Dr Clare Lyonette

Research interests

I am interested in all aspects of gender and the labour market, including women's career choices and constraints; gender roles and gender equality; the division of domestic labour and childcare; atypical working, flexible working arrangements and new ways of working; the quality of part-time work; motherhood, fatherhood and social class differences; work-life balance, work-life conflict and wellbeing. I am interested in supervising research students with these or related research areas.

Academic profile

I joined the Institute for Employment Research in February 2009 after working at City University, London, on a series of ESRC-funded projects, including an extended project within the Gender Equality Network (www.genet.ac.uk). I use both qualitative and quantitative data in my research, focusing specifically in the area of work and family issues. Since joining IER, I have been involved in a variety of projects, including an evaluation of the Quality Part-time Work Fund for the Government Equalities Office (GEO). I have co-authored an ILO report on the influence of working time arrangements on work-life balance, and was PI for a Nuffield Foundation-funded project on the higher education experiences and labour market outcomes of student mothers. I was also a co-investigator on an ESRC-funded seminar series on work-life balance and the recession and a co-I on a project looking at work-life balance in the armed forces, funded by the MoD. I am currently supervising a research student who is examining work-life balance issues for women in Nigeria. Another is examining the career progression of hospitality workers in Malaysia. Another PhD student is looking at formal and informal flexible working arrangements within the finance sector in the UK, using mixed-methods research.

Current projects

  • The state of sexism in UK schools. With Gaby Atfield and Erika Kispeter. Funded by UK Feminista. Project Start date: 23/03/2016 - Project End date: 13/01/2017 [details]
  • Richer Information on Student Views. With Sally-Anne Barnes and Gaby Atfield. Funded by HESA. Project Start Date: 12/05/16 - Proejct End Date: 31/07/16 [details]
  • High-level Analysis of the Dynamics of the Community Optical Workforce (the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians (FODO), with Beate Baldauf and Erika Kispeter, Project start date 9/12/15-Project end 7/3/16;
  • Extension to: Tracking student mothers higher education participation and early career outcomes over time: initial choices and aspirations, HE experiences and final career destinations. Funded by Nuffield Foundation. Project Start Date: 01/06/2014 - Project End Date: 30/09/2014

  • Longitudinal research into the impact of changes to teachers’ pay on equality in schools in England (NASUWT, 2014-2019). With David Owen, Gaby Atfield and Sally-Anne Barnes.

All projects

Selected publications

Lewis, S., Anderson, D., Lyonette, C., Payne, N. and Wood, S. (2016) ‘Public sector austerity cuts in Britain and the changing discourse of work-life balance.’ Work, Employment and Society. Online First.

Lyonette, C., Lewis, S., Anderson, D., Payne, N. and Wood, S. (2016) Work-life balance and austerity: implications of new ways of working in UK public sector organisations, in Lewis et al. (eds) ‘Work-Life Balance in Times of Austerity and Beyond: meeting the needs of employees, organizations and social justice’. Routledge.

Lewis, S., Anderson, D., Lyonette, C., Payne, N. and Wood, S. (2016) ‘Work-Life Balance in Times of Austerity and Beyond: meeting the needs of employees, organizations and social justice’. Routledge.

Lyonette, C. (2015) ‘Part-time work, work-life balance and gender equality’, The Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 37 (3): 321-333. The abstract is available at:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09649069.2015.1081225?journalCode=rjsf20

Warren, T. and Lyonette, C. (2015) ‘The quality of part-time work’, in Felstead, A., Gallie, D. and Green, F. (eds) Unequal Britain at Work, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lyonette, C., Atfield, G., Behle, H. and Gambin, L. (2015) Tracking student mothers’ higher education participation and early career outcomes over time: initial choices and aspirations, HE experiences and career destinations. Final Report. London: Nuffield Foundation.

Lyonette, C., Atfield, G., Behle, H. and Gambin, L. (2015) Tracking student mothers’ higher education participation and early career outcomes over time: initial choices and aspirations, HE experiences and career destinations. Executive Summary. London: Nuffield Foundation.

Lyonette, C., Atfield, G., Behle, H. and Gambin, L. (2015) Tracking student mothers’ higher education participation and early career outcomes over time: initial choices and aspirations, HE experiences and career destinations. Literature Review. London: Nuffield Foundation.

Lyonette, C. and Crompton, R. (2015) ‘Sharing the load? Partners’ relative earnings and the domestic division of labour’. Work, Employment and Society. Vol. 29(1) 23–40.

Fagan, C., Lyonette, C., Smith, M. and Saldana-Tejeda, A. (2012) The influence of Working Time Arrangements on Work-Life Integration or ‘Balance’: a review of the international evidence. International Labour Organisation: Geneva.

Lyonette, C. (2012) ‘The sexual division of labour’, in Evans, M. and C.Williams (eds) Gender: the Key Concepts. Taylor and Francis: Oxfordshire.

Lyonette, C. (2011) ‘Atypical working in Europe and the impact on work-family reconciliation’, in Busby, N. and G. James (eds) Families, care-giving and paid work: challenging labour law in the 21st century: Edward Elgar.

Lyonette, C. and Baldauf, B. (2010) ‘“Quality” part-time work: an evaluation of the quality part-time work fund’. Government Equalities Office.

All publications

All conference presentations

Professional membership

  • British Psychological Society (1994 to date)
  • British Sociological Association (2010 to date)
  • European Sociological Association (2011 to date)

Other professional activities

  • Member of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology Work-life balance Working Group (2009 to date)
  • Elected editorial board member for Work, Employment and Society (January 2011- January 2014)

 

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Principal Research Fellow

Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0)24 76 151615
Fax: +44(0)24 76 524241

C dot Lyonette at warwick dot ac dot uk