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
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).
My research interests focus 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, gender relations and intersectionality theory.
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 commissioned by various organisations, trades unions and regulators. I was the lead author of a major report on women returners and occupational gender segregation for the Demartment for Trade and Industry that fed into the Women and Work Commission report Shaping a Fairer Future. 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” commissioned by the Legal Services Board and following the for the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. As a result of the introduction of compulsory monitoring of diversity characteristics, with colleagues at Leeds, I have recently been commissioned to analyse the newly monitored diversity characteristics and employment records of the entire solicitors’ profession in England and Wales. The SRA research ongoing and the first major report has been published in 2017: Mapping advantage and disadvantage: diversity in the legal profession in England and Wales. Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. https://www.sra.org.uk/documents/SRA/research/diversity-legal-profession.pdf
I actively seek new doctoral and post-doctoral research students on any of these areas, and currently supervise five students on the topics including: disability inclusion (O’Keef); gender and talent management (Handley); discourse analysis of attitudes towards gender quotas (Hurst); occupational gender segregation and vocational training (Burgess) and women’s early careers in STEM (Grey).
To date I have overseen to completion six students on topics including women, work and work-life balance in Cyprus (Ierodiakonou), graduates experiences of entry to the accountancy profession (Jephson) and work-life balance among single managers and professionals living alone (Wilkinson) and gender and egalitarianism in households following redundancy (Garcia) and equality and diversity in the legal profession (Kele)
I am particularly interested in research proposals focusing on gender, management and professional careers, part-time work, women returners, flexible working arrangements and reconciliation of work and private life, in a range of contexts and countries.
If you would like to contact me about a proposal or application, please do so via email: email@example.com
LUBS 5360: Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective
LUBS 5330: Human Resource Management
LUBS 3001: Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective
In the last five years
Refereed contributions to journals
Tomlinson, J. Valizade, D., Muzio, D., Charlwood, A, and Aulakh, S. (2018) Privileges and penalties in the legal profession in England and Wales: An intersectional analysis.British Journal of Sociology (available on early view)
Wilkinson, K, Tomlinson, J. and Gardiner, J (forthcoming) The perceived fairness of work-life balance policies: A UK case study of solo-living managers and professionals without children, Human Resource Management Journal 28(2): 325-339.
Tomlinson, J., Baird, M., Berg, P. and Cooper, R. eds (2018) Flexible careers: advancing scholarship and practice, Human Relations, 71(1)
Tomlinson, J., Baird, M., Berg, P. and Cooper, R. eds (2018) Flexible careers across the lifecourse, Human Relations, 71(1): 4-22
Wilkinson, K, Tomlinson, J. and Gardiner, J (2017) Exploring the work-life challenges and dilemmas faced by managers and professionals who live alone, Work Employment and Society, 31(4): 640-656
Bessa I. and Tomlinson J. (2017) Established, accelerated and emergent themes in flexible work research. Journal of Industrial Relations, 59 (2): 153-169
Durbin, S. and Tomlinson, J. (2014) ‘Female part-time managers: Careers, Mentors and Role Models’, Gender, Work and Organization. 21(4): 308-320
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(1): 228-245
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.
Chapters in books
Webley, L., Tomlinson, J., Muzio, D. Sommerlad, H and Duff, L. (2016) Access to a legal career in England and Wales: Race Class and Educational Background. In Hayworth, S., Nelson, R, Wilkins, D and Dinovitzer, R. Diversity in Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Guest Editor of Special Issues in peer reviewed journals
Tomlinson, J., Baird, M., Berg, P. and Cooper, R. (2018) Flexible careers across the lifecourse, Human Relations, 71(1)
Aulakh, S. Charlwood, A. Muzio, D. Tomlinson, J. and Valizade, D (2017) Mapping advantage and disadvantage: diversity in the legal profession in England and Wales. Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. https://www.sra.org.uk/documents/SRA/research/diversity-legal-profession.pdf
Selected invited presentations and international conference papers
Tomlinson, J. Valizade, D., Muzio, D., Charlwood, A, and Aulakh, S. (2018) Privileges and penalties in the legal profession in England and Wales: An intersectional analysis. WES, Belfast.
Tomlinson, J. Valizade, D., Muzio, D., Charlwood, A, and Aulakh, S. (2017) Privileges and penalties in the legal profession in England and Wales: An intersectional analysis. SASE Lyon
Tomlinson, J. Bessa, I. and Stuart, M. (2013) Evaluating the impact of the recession on flexible working in Britain: Evidence from the 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Survey. Flexible Careers Symposium, Community, Work and Family Conference, Sydney, July 2013
Tomlinson, J (2013) Female part-time managers in the UK: work-life balance, career prospects, role models and mentors, Community, Work and Family, Sydney, July 2013
Tomlinson, J (2013) Female part-time managers in the UK: work-life balance, career prospects, role models and mentors, SASE, Milan June 2013
Webley, L, Muzio, D. and Tomlinson (2013) Access to a Career in the Legal Profession in England and Wales: Race, Class and the Role of Educational Background, Conference of the American Bar Foundation, Chicago, May 2013
Funding and research grants
Aulakh (PI), Tomlinson, Valizade, Charlwood and Muzio (Co-Is) (2016) Privileges and Penalties in the Legal Profession in England and Wales. A quantitative analysis of SRA records. Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. (£25,000)
Tomlinson, J. (PI), Cooper, R. and Stuart, M. (Co-I) (2013) Worldwide Universities Network: Fund for International Research Collaboration. Forming a Worldwide Flexible Careers Network. (£15,000)
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