Jack Daly

Jack Daly


Jack is a current Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change. His research focusses on equality and diversity within male-dominated industries, with a specific interest on how men can act as both facilitators or sites of resistance to the implementation of effective EDI-related policies. Jack completed his PhD at the University of Leeds, exploring the role of men and masculinity in the gender pay gap in the financial and legal services through comparative life-history interviews. The research identified cultural and structural wage penalties & bonuses occurring across the career-span that contribute towards sector-specific gender pay gaps, alongside problematising male-senior leadership as a critical site of resistance to further progress. Alongside this, Jack has worked on multiple projects framed upon equality and diversity within work and how firms are responding to the challenges of decarbonisation.  



Research interests

My research primarily focusses equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) policies in traditionally-male dominated industries. It aims to understand both the the roles of men as facilitators and barriers to the implementation of effective policies and any institutional factors of resistance to creating more egalitarian working lives over the career-span. My PhD explored the gender pay gap in the financial and legal sectors, to identify structural and cultural gendered wage penalties occuring over the career course, problematising existing gender pay gap reporting legislation for a failure to stimulate the needed motivation within-firms where current actions beyond mandatory reporting remain voluntary and contradict with profit-driven motives of the industries. Further research has explored EDI in wider professional firms and the construction sector, and future projects look to align EDI in the foundation industries with decarbonisation goals to meet any skills shortages. 

Selected Conference Papers: 

Daly, J. 2022. Conceptualising “glass bubbles”: isolated careers in the professional services. BSA PGR Forum: Inequalities at work in the aftermath of COVID-19. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. 1st April, 2022.

Daly, J., 2021. Hegemonic masculinity and the gender pay gap: male senior-leadership as a site of resistance. EGOS Colloquium 2021. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 8th – 10th July, 2021.

Cutter, J., Trappmann, V., Daly, J. & Schulz, F. 2020. Working on climate change: organised labour and climate mitigation strategies in context. International Labour Process Conference 2020: Critical Differences at Work. Newcastle University, United Kingdom. 15th – 17th April 2020.

Trappmann, V., Cutter, J., Schulz, F. & Daly, J. 2019. Trade Unions and Climate Change. Society for the Advancement of Socioeconomics (SASE) 31st Conference: Fathomless Futures – Algorithmic and Imaged. New York, 27th – 29th June, 2019.

Daly, J. 2019. Gender and job crafting: understanding the role of gendered behaviours in the abilities and motivations to proactively craft work. BAM 2019, Aston University, University of England.


Invited Talks:

Moving beyond hours and earnings to understand the gender pay gap. 28th April 2021, E2Passion Series. E2W [Virtual].

Diverse methodological approaches to studying the gender pay gap. 22nd January 2020, FemQuant Seminar Series. FemQuant, King’s College London.


  • Ph.D Work and Employment Relations, University of Leeds
  • MA Organizational Behaviour, University of Leeds
  • BA (Hons) Business and Management, University of Lincoln

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change