Professor Majella Kilkey

BSSc (Hons), MA, DPhil

Department of Sociological Studies

Professor in Social Policy

Professor Majella Kilkey
+44 114 222 6459

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Professor Majella Kilkey
Department of Sociological Studies
Room LG28
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

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

She is Co-Editor of Social Policy & Society, an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Social Policy, and an executive member of the UK Social Policy Association.

Research interests

Majella is Co-Director (with Professor Louise Ryan) of the Migration Research Group in the Faculty of Social Sciences. She researches at the intersection of migration and family studies, focusing particularly on the intra-European Union mobility of European Union citizens, and issues of care, transnationality, gender, masculinities and work. The evolving context of ‘Brexit’ provides a context for current research and writing.

Majella has three on-going projects. The most recent began in November 2017, and is part of the ESRC Large Grant Sustainable Care Programme (led by Professor Sue Yeandle), in which she co-leads (with Professor Louise Ryan) a stream of work on Care ‘in’ and ‘out of’ place: towards sustainable well-being in mobile and diverse contexts.

Since October 2017, with Sheffield colleagues Louise Ryan and Aneta Piekut, Majella is also working on a 2-year Noble Foundation funded project - Modern Poland: Migration and Transformations - in collaboration with colleagues at the Centre for Migration Research, University of Warsaw.

In the third project MIGRATE, a Jean Monnet Research Network across 8 countries focused on the impacts of the so-called ‘European migrant crisis’, which began in September 2016, Majella leads the Sheffield team’s work on the impact of the ‘crisis’ on European integration.



  • Kilkey M, Perrons D & Plomien A (2013) Gender, Migration and Domestic Work: Masculinities, male labour and fathering in the UK and USA. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kilkey M (2012) Introduction. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

  • Kilkey M & Palenga-Möllenbeck E (Ed.) (2016) Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility: Global Perspectives through the Life Course. Palgrave Macmillan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kilkey M, Ramia G & Farnsworth K (Eds.) (2012) Social Policy Review 24: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2012.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Yeates N, Haux T, Jawad R & Kilkey M (Eds.) (2011) In Defence of Welfare: The Impacts of the Comprehensive Sepnding Review. UK Social Policy Association. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Holden C, Kilkey M & Ramia G (Eds.) (2011) Social Policy Review 23: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2011. Bristol: Policy Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Grenner I, Holden C & Kilkey M (Eds.) (2010) Social Policy Review 22: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2010. Bristol: Policy Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


Book reviews

  • Kilkey M (2008) Disabled fathers. Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International, 62. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kilkey M (2007) Citizenship in an enlarging Europe: from dream to awakening. J GENDER STUD, 16(3), 300-301. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kilkey M (2006) The politics of sexual harassment: A comparative study of the United States, the European Union, and Germany. SOC POLICY ADMIN, 40(5), 565-567. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kilkey M (2006) Welfare and families in Europe. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY, 35, 325-326. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kilkey M (2001) The gender division of welfare. The impact of the British and German welfare states. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN SOCIAL POLICY, 11(3), 281-281. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kilkey M (1998) Single mothers in an international context: Mothers or workers?. WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM, 21(1), 127-128. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kilkey M (1997) Women and the European labour markets - vanDoorneHuiskes,A, vanHoof,J, Roelofs,E. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN SOCIAL POLICY, 7(2), 163-165. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kilkey M (1997) Women of the European Union. The politics of work and daily life - GarciaRamon,MD, Monk,J. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN SOCIAL POLICY, 7(2), 163-165. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Kilkey M, Lunt N & Martinez-Perez A (2017) British Medical Association's Cohort Study of 2006 Medical Graduates: Longitudinal Analysis of Career Trajectories View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Majella currently supervises:

  • Leah Bomberger Edwards (with Dr Harriet Churchill)
  • Fahad Al Jahwari (with Professor Louise Ryan)
  • Yang Luo (with Professor Alan Walker)
  • Antonio Maffei (with Dr Deidre Conlon, University of Leeds)
  • Lo Ka Man (with Professor Alan Walker)
  • Kwaku Owusu (with Dr Afua Twum-Danso)
  • Abdul Rahim (with Dr Afua Twum-Danso)
  • Winona Shaw (with Dr Harriet Churchill)
  • Obert Tawodzera (with Professor Louise Ryan)

2017-21 Economic and Social Research Council

Co-I on the Sustainable Care Programme, co-leading the work package - Care ‘in’ and ‘out of’ place: towards sustainable well-being in mobile and diverse contexts. (Award = £2.54 million; PI = Prof Sue Yeandle).

2017-19 Noble Foundation

Co-I on the project Modern Poland: Migration and Transformations (Award = £29,760; PI = Prof Louise Ryan).

2016-19 European Comission

University of Sheffield PI on the MIGRATE Jean Monnet project (Award = 374,371 Euro; Project Co-ordinator = SEERC, Thessaloniki).

2016 British Medical Association 

PI on the project Analysis of the BMA Cohort Study of 2006 Medical Graduates (Award = £38,720)

2016 World Universities Network

Co-I on the project Hidden Voices: Exploring the health experiences of children who migrate (Award = £20,000; PI = Dr Jill Thompson).

2013-14 White Rose University Consortium

PI on the Research Network Migration and Economic Crisis: the experiences of Brits at home and abroad (Award = £10724)

2008-9 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

PI on the project Situating men within global care chains: the migrant handyman phenomenon (Award = £98,000)

2005-7 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Co-I on the Seminar Series Gender, work and life in the new global economy (Award = £15,000; PI = Prof. Diane Perrons).

Teaching activities

Majella is Programme Manager for the MSc International Social Change and Policy, and convenes its two core substantive modules – SCS6069 International Social Change and Social Problems and SCS6071 International Social Change: Analysing Policy Responses – and its Dissertation and Dissertation with Internship.