Claire English

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Claire’s research is situated within the sociology of work and draws from gender and postcolonial organisation studies. She writes about how communities and organisations change when they centre the needs of marginalised communities by collectivising the micropolitical everyday acts of social reproduction.

Her current research makes present the under-examined aspect of ‘emotion’ in social reproduction theory and what it means for motherhood when ‘emotions’ feel like ‘work’. She is particularly interested in the impact of neoliberalism as a governing political rationality and the way this shapes individual and collective emotionality.

She is following the serious issues with childcare provision in the UK, in particular the rapid closures of private nurseries as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic and is thinking and acting collectively with other parents, workers and academics to formulate a response to this impending crisis.
She has taught on Masters and Undergraduate modules covering; Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour, International Business, Business Research Skills, and Gender at Work. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • HC Economic History and Conditions
  • neoliberalism
  • feminism
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • emotional labour
  • inequality
  • HM Sociology
  • social reproduction theory


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