Jennifer Tomlinson

Jennifer Tomlinson

Professor of Gender and Employment Relations

Email:
jt@lubs.leeds.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 113 343 4482
Categories:
Academic, Work and Employment Relations
Location:
Room No. 1.05, 31 Lyddon Terrace
Profile

Qualifications

Ph.D Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
MA Sociology (pass with distinction) University of Leeds
BA (hons) Arts and Social Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University

Experience

Previously a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester (2004-2005). I also completed an ESRC Post-doctoral Research fellowship in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds (2003-2004).

Research

Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change PROFILE

My overarching research scholarship focuses on understanding patterns of gender and (in)equalities in work, economies and societies.  My work and publications focus on the following interrelated areas: a) gender and inequalities in work, management and occupations; b) occupational gender segregation and part-time work; c) gender relations, employment systems and welfare regimes. These issues have been examined separately and in relation to each other, and have included primary and secondary research at organizational, occupational and sector levels, either via qualitative methods or secondary analyses of surveys and official data sets, as well as more conceptual and cross-national investigation. My disciplinary background is sociology and my work contributes to key debates located in a range of related fields, including employment relations, management, human resources, social policy and gender relations.

Two overarching research questions draw together my central interests into a coherent programme of research. These are: how can sociological theory contribute to a better understanding of gender and inequalities in the labour market and wider society? How can relationships between institutions, structures and human agency help us understand the dynamics of (in)equalities in contemporary societies? 

My work has been funded by the Department for Trade and Industry and the Trade Union Congress. I was the lead author of a major report on women returners and occupational gender segregation for the DTI that fed into the Women and Work Commission report Shaping a Fairer Future. I jointly organised a session on gender and the knowledge economy at the ISA First World Forum of Sociology in Barcelona in September 2008 and co-organised the International Labour Process Conference in Leeds in 2010. More recently I have been working on diversity in the legal profession, co-authoring a major report on “Diversity in the Legal Profession in England and Wales” funded by the Legal Services Board and co-editing a Special Issue of Gender, Work and Organization on Gender, Diversity and Inclusion in Professions and Professional Organizations.

I am a member of the Gender, Globalization and Work Transformation Network, a group of feminist scholars from Germany, Japan, the UK and USA. I was appointed to the Rosabeth Moss Kanter award committee for “Excellence in Work-Family Research” coordinated by Boston College’s Center for Work and Family Research and Purdue University, USA
http://www.cfs.purdue.edu/CFF/projects/current_projects/kanter_award/kanter_committee.html

I am currently an Editor of Work, Employment and Society and an Associate editor of Gender, Work and Organization.

Research Supervision:

I am experienced in doctoral supervision with one student completing in 2012. I currently supervise five students, with two due to complete in 2013. My research interests include gender and (in)equalities in work, economies and societies, flexible working patterns, particularly the use and structuring of part-time work in different economies, and equality and diversity policy and practice.

I would be very happy to supervise students in the following areas:
 
•    Gender and (in)equality at work
•    Women returners
•    Part-time work
•    Occupational gender segregation
•    Gender and career progression in occupations and professions
•    Equality and diversity 

If you would like to contact me about a proposal or application, please do so via email: j.tomlinson@leeds.ac.uk 

Teaching

LUBS 5300: Research Methodology 1
LUBS 5360: Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective
LUBS 5365: Diversity Management
LUBS 3001: Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective
LUBS 3002: Diversity Management

Publications

Refereed contributions to journals:

Durbin, S. and Tomlinson, J. (2014) ‘Female part-time managers: Careers, Mentors and Role Models’, Gender, Work and Organization, forthcoming

Oliver, L., Stuart, M. and Tomlinson, J. (2014) ‘Equal pay bargaining in the UK local government sector’ Special Issue: ‘Rethinking Equality Bargaining: Building New Bargaining Agendas for the Modern Workplace’. Journal of Industrial Relations, 56,

Tomlinson, J., Muzio, D., Sommerlad, H., Webley, L. and Duff, L. (2013) ‘Structure, agency and the career strategies of white women and BME individuals in the legal profession’, Human Relations,  66, 2, 245–269.

Stuart, M., Grugulis, I., Tomlinson, J., Forde, C.  and MacKenzie, R. (2013)  ‘Reflections on work and employment into the 21st century: between equal rights, force decides’ Work, Employment & Society 27, 3, 379-395.

Stuart, M., Martinez Lucio, M, and Tomlinson, J. (2013) ‘Women and the modernisation of British trade unions:  Meanings and dimensions of modernisation and the challenge of change’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 55, 1, 38-59.

Grugulis, I. Stuart, M., Forde, C., Kirkpatrick, I. Mackenzie, R. and Tomlison, J. (2012) ‘Writing articles for Work, Employment and Society: different voices, same language’, Work, Employment and Society. 26(1): 5-9. 2012

Muzio, D. and Tomlinson, J. (2012) ‘Researching Gender, Inclusion and Diversity in Contemporary Professions and Professional Organizations’, Gender, Work and Organization. 19, 5, 455-465. (ABS 3)

Stuart, M., Grugulis, I., Forde, C., Kirkpatrick, I. MacKenzie, R. and Tomlinson, J. (2011) ‘The more things change… Towards twenty-five years of Work, Employment and Society’, Work, Employment and Society, 25, 2, 197-201

Tomlinson, J. (2011) ‘Gender Equality and the State: A review of recent EU developments’, Special Issue: Bringing the State Back in? The State and Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management. 22, 8, 3755-3744.

Durbin, S. and Tomlinson, J. (2010) ‘Female Part-time Managers: networks and career mobility. Work, Employment and Society’, 24, 4, 621-640.

Tomlinson, J. and Durbin, S. (2010) ‘Female part-time managers: work-life balance, aspirations and career mobility’, Special Issue: Gendered Employment, Equal Opportunities International. 29, 3, 255-270.

Gardiner, J. and Tomlinson, J. (2009) ‘Organizational approaches to flexible working: perspectives of equality and diversity managers in the UK’, Equal Opportunities International, 28, 8.

Tomlinson, J., Olsen, W. and Purdam, K. (2009) ‘Women Returners and Potential Returners: Employment Profiles and Labour Market Opportunities – A Case Study of the UK’, European Sociological Review, 24, 2, 1-15.

Tomlinson, J. (2008) ‘Causes and consequences of the divergent working-time patterns of employed mothers in the UK and the US: developing a comparative analysis’, Gender Issues, 25, 4.

Tomlinson, J. (2007) ‘Female Part-time Workers' Experiences of Occupational Mobility in the UK Service Industry’, Women in Management Review, 2, 4, 305-318.

Tomlinson, J. (2007) 'Employment Regulation, Welfare and Gender Regimes: a comparative analysis of women’s working-time patterns and work-life balance in the UK and the US', International Journal of Human Resource Management, 18, 3, 401-415 (ABS 3)

Tomlinson, J. (2006) 'Routes to part-time management in service sector organizations: implications for women's skills, flexibility and progression', Gender, Work and Organization, 13, 6, 585-605. (ABS 3)

Tomlinson, J. (2006) 'Women's work-life balance trajectories: reformulating choice and constraint in transitions through part-time work across the life-course', Symposium: Critical perspectives on careers and family friendly policies. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 34, 3, 365-382.

Tomlinson, J. (2006) 'Part-time occupational mobility in the service industries: regulation, work commitment and occupational closure', The Sociological Review, 54, 1, 66-86. (ABS 3)

Tomlinson, J. (2005) 'Women returners' attitudes towards trade unions in the UK: a consideration of the distinction between full- and part-timers', Industrial Relations Journal, 36, 5, 402-418.

Tomlinson, J. (2004) 'Perceptions and negotiations of the 'business case' for flexible careers and the integration of part-time work', Women in Management Review,19, 8, 413-420.

Guest Editor of Special Issues in peer reviewed journals

Muzio, D. and Tomlinson, J. (2012) ‘Gender, Diversity and Inclusion in Professions and Professional Organizations’, Gender, Work and Organization,19, 5, 455-554. (ABS 3)

Research Monographs

Sommerlad, H. Webley, L, Duff, L. Muzio, D. and Tomlinson, J. (2010) Diversity in the Legal Profession in England and Wales: A qualitative study of barriers and individual choices. London: Legal Services Board. pp 1-83. Read Here.

Stuart, M., Martinez Lucio, M., Tomlinson, J. and Perrett, R. (2010) The Union Modernisation Fund – Round Two: Final Evaluation Report. Department for Business Innovation and Skills Employment Relations Research Series, No. 111. pp 1-98, Dept. for Business, Innovation and Skills: London, URN 10/1084. Read Here.

Tomlinson, J., Olsen, W., Neff, D. and Purdam, K. (2005) Examining the Potential for Women Returners to Work in Areas of High Occupational Gender Segregation. Department for Trade and Industry Publications, Nov 2005, pp 1-106. Read Here.

Other research outputs (commissioned reports/research monographs):

Forde, C, Tomlinson, J, Holgate, J. and Stuart, M. (2012) Women in Transport and the Economic Crisis. London: International Transport Federation.

Stuart, M. and Tomlinson, J. (2009) NUT organizing and Casework. Report to the National Union of Teachers.

Tomlinson, J. (2004) Reconciling work and Family Life: Central Issues for Women Returners in the 21st Century. Women Returners’ Network. Read Here.

Conference papers:

Gardiner, J. and Tomlinson, J. (2007) ‘Flexible working through a diversity lens: individual rights and collective arrangements’ International Industrial Relations Association European Congress, Manchester.

Tomlinson, J. (2007) ‘Causes and consequences of divergent working-time patterns of employed mothers in the UK and the US’, Gender and Work, Regular Session, Work and Family Integration in an International Comparative Context, American Sociological Association Conference, New York City, USA.

Tomlinson. J. (2006) ‘Employment regulation, welfare-states and gender regimes: a comparative analysis of part-time work’ Gender and Work Regular Session: Gender and Work in International Perspective, American Sociological Association Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Tomlinson, J. (2006) ‘Female part-time workers’ experiences of occupational mobility in the UK service industry’ European Academy of Management Conference, Oslo, Norway.

Tomlinson, J., Olsen, W., Neff, D. and Purdam, K. (2005) ‘Examining the Potential for Women Returners to Work in areas of High Occupational Gender Segregation’ CTEE Conference on Training, Employability and Employment, Prato, Italy.

Tomlinson, J. (2005) ‘Women’s attitudes towards trade unions in the UK: a consideration of the distinction between full- and part-time workers in five service sector firms.’ Gender, Work and Organization 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele.

Tomlinson, J. (2004) ‘Theorising the full-time/part-time distinction: the Part-time Workers’ Directive, informal workplace practices and strategies of closure.’ Work, Employment and Society Conference, Manchester

Tomlinson, J. (2004) ‘A consideration of the full-time/part-time distinction: the Part-time Workers’ Directive, informal workplace practices and strategies of closure.’ American Sociological Association Conference, San Francisco, USA.

Tomlinson, J. (2004) ‘Transitions in and out of part-time work: implications for women’s work-life balance and occupational mobility’ International Labour Process Conference, Amsterdam.

Tomlinson, J. (2004) ‘Mothers’ employment and work-life balance in the UK: structure and constraint in transitions in and out of part-time work.’ Work-life Balance Across the Life-course, Edinburgh.

Tomlinson, J (2003) 'Transitions in and out of part-time work: the relationship between preference and outcome in women returners' labour market transitions and work-life trajectories' Gender Work and Organization 3rd International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele.

Invited Presentations:

Tomlinson, J. (2007) ‘Female part-time workers’ experiences of occupational mobility in the UK service industry’ ESRU one day conference ‘Diversity in an Organisational Context’, University of West of England, Bristol.

Tomlinson, J and Olsen, W. (2006) ‘Examining the potential for Women Returners to Work in Areas of High Occupational Gender Segregation’. Invited presentation for the launch of the Women and Work Commission’s findings. March 2006, DTI Conference Centre, London.

Tomlinson, J. (2005) ‘Employment Regulation, Gender and Welfare Regimes: a framework for understanding the variant use of part-time work in the UK, US Japan and Germany.’ Presented to the GLOW network at their annual meeting, Low Wood, Windermere.

Tomlinson. J. (2005) ‘Part-time occupational mobility in the service industries: regulation, work commitment and occupational closure’ Presentation to EWERC, Manchester University Business School.

Tomlinson, J. (2004) ‘Perceptions and negotiations of the ‘business case’ for flexible careers and the integration of part-time working.’ Presentation for the ESRC Seminar Series: Critical Perspective on Careers and Family Friendly Policies, University of Loughborough.

External Funding

2013

Tomlinson, J. (PI), Cooper, R. and Stuart, M.  (2013) Worldwide Universities Network: Fund for International Research Collaboration. Forming a Worldwide Flexible Careers Network.  (£15,000)

2012

Tomlinson, J. (PI) (2012) University of Sydney Visiting Scholar Programme. ($6800 AUS)
Stuart, M., Forde, C., Holgate, J, and Tomlinson, J. (Co-I) (2012) The impact of the economic crisis on women in transport International Transport Federation (£23,910)

2010

Tomlinson, J. (PI) and Stuart, M. (2010) Casework and Organising in the NUT. National Union of Teachers (£13,200)

Sommerlad, H. Webley, L, Duff, L. Muzio, D. and Tomlinson, J. (Co-I) (2010) Diversity in the legal profession in England and Wales, funded by the Legal Services Board (£46,000)

Stuart, M. Martinez-Lucio, M. and Tomlinson, J. (Co-I) (2010) Union Modernisation Fund. Funded by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. (£40,000)

2009

Muzio, D, Falconbridge, J., Tomlinson, J., Empson, L,  (Co-I) (2009) ESRC Seminar Series: Conceptualising Contemporary Professions’ (£14,000)

2007

Business Case for Diversity’ Funded by Yorkshire Forward (With Julie Kitching, Hilary Sommerland, Jeff Gold and Jackie Ford). External funding : £500,000

Unionlearn caste study research to examine the sustainability of learning projects in 4 organizations (with Mark Stuart and Ian Greenwood). External funding: £6,000

2005

Department for Trade and Industry and Women and Equality Unit to examine the potential for women returners to work in areas of high occupational gender segregation for the Women and Work Commission’s report Shaping a Fairer Future (with Wendy Olsen and Kingsley Purdam, University of Manchester). External funding: £26,000

2003

ESRC Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds. External funding: £25,656