The University of Sheffield
Department of Sociological Studies

Dr Majella Kilkey

Reader in Social Policy (BSSc (Hons) (Queen's University Belfast), MA (York), DPhil (York))
Director of Graduate Studies

Photograph of Majella Kilkey

Email: m.kilkey@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: Elmfield, LG28 | Telephone: 0114 222 6459 (external), 26459 (internal)

Academic Profile

I joined the Department of Sociological Studies in 2011, having taught in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Hull since completing my DPhil ‘Lone Mothers Between Paid Work and Care: The Policy Regime in 20 Countries’ at the University of York.

I am a member of the Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review College, and an elected editorial board member of the Journal of Social Policy (from January 2014).

Research

My motivation for research is to understand how the processes and outcomes of globalisation affect citizenship, which I understand as encompassing rights, practices and belonging. This interest began at the University of York (UK) where my PhD was a 20-country comparative study of contemporary shifts in national gender regimes analysed through the lens of policies for lone mothers. I published the research as a sole authored monograph (Kilkey, 2000), which been translated into Japanese. The vision underpinning my research post-PhD has two elements. The first is an ambition to transcend the dualism in globalisation and social policy scholarship between cross-national comparative and transnational approaches. My concept of ‘situated transnationalism’ and its accompanying analytical framework is an innovative response to that challenge (article co-authored with Laura Merla in press in Global Networks). The second element is to make analysis of the micro-level enactments of citizens in response to wider socio-economic processes and structures, more central to Social Policy. An interdisciplinary approach is fundamental to this agenda. My recently completed ESRC project Situating men within global care chains (conducted with Diane Perrons) exemplified this ambition by exploring how men (Polish migrants in UK and British non-migrants) respond to the differential challenges posed by the intersection of processes related to globalisation, migration and social reproduction.

Current projects are focused around migration, transnationalism and citizenship, with the present economic crisis and austerity in Europe being a particular focus. Together with Professor Helma Lutz and Dr Ewa Palenga-Möllenbeck (University of Frankfurt), I co-chaired a Research Conference on Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility: Theory, Policy and Practice, which took place in Norrköping, Sweden in September 2013. The current economic crisis provides the context for exploring the migratory experiences of the British through a White Rose Collaborative Research Network involving colleagues at the Universities of Leeds and York. With Loretta Balddasar (University of Western Australia) and Laura Merla (Université catholique de Louvain), I am co-organiser of Paper Session ‘Families’ resilience in times of economic crisis and mobility’, joint session of RC06 (Family Research) and RC31 (Sociology of Migration), World Congress of Sociology, Japan, 2014. I am a member of the recently formed IMISCOE network Young Adult Mobility and Economic Crisis, co-ordinated by Jăo Sardinha (Open University, Lisbon) and Sandra Silva (University of Lisbon). I am also a member of an international network – Transnational Lives, Mobility and Gender - led by Dr Marzia Grassi (University of Lisbon) and recently awarded European Science Foundation Funding.

Funded Research Projects
Date Sponsor Details
2013-2014 White Rose University Consortium Migration and Economic Crisis: the experiences of Brits at home and abroad (with Dr Neil Lunt and Dr Louise Waite)
2012-2013 University of Linköping, Fritz Thyssen Foundation & Riksbanken Foundation Research Conference ‘Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility: Theory, Policy and Practice’ (with Prof. Helma Lutz and Dr Ewa Palenga- Möllenbeck)
2009-2010 HEIF 4 Fund – Dissemination support for knowledge transfer research outputs, LSE International seminar ‘Fathering and work-life balance: challenges for policy’ (with Prof. Diane Perrons and Dr Ania Plomien).
2008-2009 ESRC Situating men within global care chains: the migrant handyman phenomenon (with Prof. Diane Perrons)
2005-2007 ESRC Seminar Series ‘Gender, work and life in the new global economy’ (with Prof. Diane Perrons, Prof. Diane Elson, Prof. Linda McDowell and Prof. Ruth Pearson.
2006 SPA & University of Hull Disabled fathers: identifying a research agenda
2003-2004 Wakefield and Sheffield City Councils The Quality of Life of Adult Asylum Seekers (with Prof. Gary Craig)
2002 EC The ‘individual adult-worker’ model: towards gender equality?
2001 HEFCE Experiences of non-traditional students at the University of Hull (with Steve Page)

Teaching

I have developed a substantial and varied teaching portfolio in social policy and related fields, which includes undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, core and optional elements, and taught as well as supervisory modes. I enjoy teaching and I am committed to achieving excellence in teaching standards. I strive to adopt a student-centred approach to teaching; to be inclusive, and to respond where appropriate in both content and method to the needs of students. I aim to make my teaching an enjoyable and stimulating experience for those who participate, so as to promote self-directed learning. I am a reflective teacher, and respond to feedback when appropriate in order to maintain the effectiveness of my teaching. My teaching is informed by my own research on topics around: international migration; intra-EU mobility; families and social policies; comparative gender analysis at the interface of paid work, care and welfare; Europeanization; and globalisation.

I currently convene the following undergraduate modules:

See our Undergraduate degree pages.

At postgraduate level, I am a member of the MA in Global and International Social Policy teaching team. On that programme I convene SCS653 Global Social Problems.

Postgraduate Supervision

I have supervised a number of research students through to completion. I welcome enquiries from students considering pursuing doctoral studies in areas related to my specific research interests as outlined above.

To find out more about our PhD programmes, go to:
Studying for a PhD in Sociology

Publications since 2005

Kilkey, M. and Palenga-Möllenbeck, E. (2013 – In press) ‘Fathers’ time-bind and the outsourcing of “male” domestic work in Europe: the cases of UK and Germany’, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 29: 2, 1-13.

Baldassar, L., Kilkey, M., Merla, L. and Wilding, R. (fc) ‘Transnational Families’, in Scott, J., Treas, J. And Richards, M. (eds) Revised Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families, Wiley Blackwell.

Kilkey, M., Perrons, D. and Plomien, A. with Hondagneu-Sotelo and Ramirez, H. (2013) Gender, Migration and Domestic Work: Masculinities, Male Labour and Fathering in the UK and USA, Palgrave Macmillan.

Kilkey, M. and Merla, L. (2013) ‘Situating Transnational Families’ Care-giving Arrangements: the role of institutional contexts’, Global Networks, DOI: 10.1111/glob.12034.

Kilkey, M., Plomien, A. and Perrons, D. (2013) ‘Migrant men’s fathering practices and projects in national and transnational spaces: recent Polish male migrants to London’, International Migration. DOI: 10.1111/imig.12046.

Kilkey, M. (2013) ‘Migrant men and fathering: the circulation of fatherly care within the families of recent Polish male migrants in London’, in Baldassar, L. and Merla, L. (eds) Transnational Families, Migration and the Circulation of Care’, London: Routledge.

Kilkey, M., G. Ramia and K. Farnsworth (eds) (2012) Social Policy Review 24, Bristol: Policy Press.

Holden, C., M. Kilkey & G. Ramia (eds) (2011) Social Policy Review 23, Bristol: Policy Press.

Yeates, N., Haux, T., Jawad, R. and Kilkey, M. (eds) (2011) In Defence of Welfare: The impacts of the Comprehensive Spending Review, UK Social Policy Association.

Greener, I., Holden, C. and Kilkey, M. (eds) (2010) Social Policy Review 22, Bristol: Policy Press.

Kilkey, M. (2010) “Men and Domestic Labor: A Missing Link in the Global Care Chain”, Men and Masculinities, 13: 1, 126-149.

Kilkey, M. (2010) “Domestic and care work in the UK: locating men in the configuration of welfare, care, gender and migration regimes”, in Themed Section “Domestic and care work at the intersection of welfare, gender and migration regimes: European experiences” (Guest Editors M. Kilkey, H. Lutz and E. Palenga-Möllenbeck), Social Policy and Society, 9: 3, 443-54.

Kilkey, M., H. Lutz and E. Palenga-Möllenbeck (2010) “Introduction’ in Themed Section “Domestic and care work at the intersection of welfare, gender and migration regimes: European experiences” (Guest Editors M. Kilkey, H. Lutz and E. Palenga-Möllenbeck), Social Policy and Society, 9: 3, 379-84.

Kilkey, M. and H. Clarke (2010) “Disabled Men and Fathering: Opportunities and Constraints”, Community, Work and Family, 13: 2, 127-46.

Kilkey, M. & Perrons, D. (2010) “Gendered divisions in domestic-work time. The rise of the (migrant) handyman phenomenon”, Time and Society, 19: 2, 239-64.

Perrons, D., Plomien, A. and Kilkey, M. (2010) “Migration and uneven development within an enlarged European Union: Fathering, gender divisions and male migrant domestic services”, European Urban and Regional Studies, 17: 2, 197-215.

Gonzalez-Arnal, S. and Kilkey, M. (2009) “Contextualizing Rationality: Mature student carers and higher education in England”, Feminist Economics. 15: 1, 85-111.

Alsop, R., Gonzalez-Arnal, S. and Kilkey, M. (2008) “The Widening Participation Agenda: The Marginal Place of Care”, Gender and Education, 20: 6, 623-39.

Kilkey, M. (2008) “Disabled Fathers”, in Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International, No. 62.

Kilkey, M. (ed.) (2007) Disabled Fathers: towards a research agenda, Hull, CASS Working Paper Series, University of Hull. ISBN 1 903 704 37 5.

Kilkey, M. (2007) ‘Introduction’, in Kilkey, M. (ed.) (2007) Disabled Fathers: towards a research agenda, Hull, CASS Working Paper Series, University of Hull. ISBN 1 903 704 37 5.

Kilkey, M. (2007) ‘Identities, Practices and Experiences of Disabled Fathers. Some emerging research findings’, in Kilkey, M. (ed.) (2007) Disabled Fathers: towards a research agenda, Hull, CASS Working Paper Series, University of Hull. ISBN 1 903 704 37 5.

Kilkey, M. (2006) “New Labour and Reconciling Work and Family Life: making it fathers’ business?”, Social Policy and Society, 5: 2.

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