Professor Majella Kilkey
BSSc (Hons), MA, DPhil
Department of Sociological Studies
Professor in Social Policy
+44 114 222 6459
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Department of Sociological Studies
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.
- 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.
- Gender, Migration and Domestic Work: Masculinities, male labour and fathering in the UK and USA. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
- Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility: Global Perspectives through the Life Course. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Social Policy Review 24: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2012..
- In Defence of Welfare: The Impacts of the Comprehensive Sepnding Review. UK Social Policy Association.
- Social Policy Review 23: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2011. Bristol: Policy Press.
- Social Policy Review 22: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2010. Bristol: Policy Press.
- Examining transnational care circulation trajectories within immobilizing regimes of migration : implications for proximate care. Journal of Family Research. View this article in WRRO
- EU integration in the (post)-migrant-crisis context: learning new integration modes?. European Review. View this article in WRRO
- Marriage Migration Policy in South Korea: Social Investment beyond the Nation State. International Migration, 56(1), 23-38. View this article in WRRO
- The social reproductive worlds of migrants. Journal of Family Studies, 24(1), 1-4. View this article in WRRO
- Conditioning Family-life at the Intersection of Migration and Welfare: The Implications for ‘Brexit Families’. Journal of Social Policy, 46(4), 797-814. View this article in WRRO
- Social reproduction in Sicily’s agricultural sector: migration status and context of reception. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43(15), 2573-2590. View this article in WRRO
- Situating transnational families' care-giving arrangements: the role of institutional contexts. GLOBAL NETWORKS-A JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL AFFAIRS, 14(2), 210-229.
- Migrant Men's Fathering Narratives, Practices and Projects in National and Transnational Spaces: Recent Polish Male Migrants to London. INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION, 52(1), 178-191.
- Fathers' time-bind and the outsourcing of "male" domestic work in Europe: the cases of the United Kingdom and Germany. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 29(2), 109-121.
- Introduction: Domestic and Care Work at the Intersection of Welfare, Gender and Migration Regimes: Some European Experiences. Social Policy and Society, 9(3), 379-384.
- Domestic-Sector Work in the UK: Locating Men in the Configuration of Gendered Care and Migration Regimes. Social Policy and Society, 9(3), 443-454.
- Disabled men and fathering: Opportunities and constraints. Community, Work and Family, 13(2), 127-146.
- Men and domestic labor: A missing link in the global care chain. Men and Masculinities, 13(1), 126-149.
- Gendered Divisions in Domestic Work Time: The rise of the (migrant) handyman phenomenon. Time & Society, 19(2), 239-264.
- 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.
- Contextualizing rationality: Mature student carers and higher education in England. Feminist Economics, 15(1), 85-111.
- The widening participation agenda: The marginal place of care. Gender and Education, 20(6), 623-637.
- Working mothers and the welfare state. religion and the politics of work-family policies in western Europe and the united states. WEST EUR POLIT, 30(5), 1225-1226.
- New Labour and Reconciling Work and Family Life: Making It Fathers' Business?. Social Policy and Society, 5(02), 167-175.
- Unsettling Events: Understanding Migrants’ Responses to Geopolitical Transformative Episodes through a Life-Course Lens. International Migration Review, 019791832090550-019791832090550. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Introduction to the Special Issue Transnational care: Families confronting borders. Journal of Family Research.
- View this article in WRRO Transnational Families: Opportunities and Constraints for Caring Across Borders In Kapella O, Schneider N & Rost H (Ed.), Familie Bildung Migration
- Conclusions, Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility (pp. 337-350). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Introduction: Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility: Introducing a Global and Family Life-Course Perspective, Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility (pp. 1-18). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Marriage Migration Policy as a Social Reproduction System: The South Korean Experience, Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility (pp. 137-161). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- View this article in WRRO Transnational families, care and wellbeing, Handbook of Migration and Health (pp. 477-497).
- Migrants and Asylum Seekers In Alcock P (Ed.), Students Companion to Social Policy, 5th Edition
- View this article in WRRO Migrant men and fathering: the circulation of fatherly care within the families of recent Polish male migrants in London In Baldassar L & Merla L (Ed.), Transnational Familes, Migration and the Circulation of Care: understanding mobility and absence in family life Routledge
- Getting tough on the family-migration route: a blurring of the 'them' and 'us' in anti-immigration rhetoric In Foster L (Ed.), In Defence of Welfare 2 Policy Press
- Transnational Families In Treas J, Scott J & Richards M (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families (pp. 155-175). John Wiley & Sons
- Gender, Migration and Domestic Work: An Introduction, Gender, Migration and Domestic Work (pp. 1-19). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Gender Identity and Work: Migrant Domestic Work and Masculinity, Gender, Migration and Domestic Work (pp. 149-177). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Connecting Men in the International Division of Domestic Work: The New ‘Father Time-Bind’, Global Divisions between Men and Gender Inequalities, Gender, Migration and Domestic Work (pp. 94-121). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Researching Men in the Relationship between Gender, Migration and Domestic Work, Gender, Migration and Domestic Work (pp. 35-64). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Migrants and Male Domestic Work in the UK: The Rise of the ‘Polish Handyman’, Gender, Migration and Domestic Work (pp. 65-93). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Globalization, Migration and Domestic Work: Gendering the Debate, Gender, Migration and Domestic Work (pp. 20-34). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Symposium on the coalition government, Social Policy Review 23: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2011 (pp. 1-6).
- Transnational families in the era of global mobility (pp. 431-443). Edward Elgar Publishing
- Transnational Families, Migration and the Circulation of Care Routledge
- Disabled fathers. Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International, 62.
- Citizenship in an enlarging Europe: from dream to awakening. J GENDER STUD, 16(3), 300-301.
- The politics of sexual harassment: A comparative study of the United States, the European Union, and Germany. SOC POLICY ADMIN, 40(5), 565-567.
- Welfare and families in Europe. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY, 35, 325-326.
- The gender division of welfare. The impact of the British and German welfare states. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN SOCIAL POLICY, 11(3), 281-281.
- Single mothers in an international context: Mothers or workers?. WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM, 21(1), 127-128.
- Women and the European labour markets - vanDoorneHuiskes,A, vanHoof,J, Roelofs,E. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN SOCIAL POLICY, 7(2), 163-165.
- 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.
- FAREWELL TO THE FAMILY - PUBLIC-POLICY AND FAMILY BREAKDOWN IN BRITAIN AND THE USA - MORGAN,P. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY, 24, 467-469.
- View this article in WRRO British Medical Association's Cohort Study of 2006 Medical Graduates: Longitudinal Analysis of Career Trajectories
- 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.