Professor Majella Kilkey

PhD, MA, BSSc (Hons)

Department of Sociological Studies

Professor of Social Policy

Majella Kilkey
M.Kilkey@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 6459

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Professor Majella Kilkey
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
Sheffield
S10 2TU
Profile

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.

Majella’s work is in the field of migration studies, with particular focus on the intersections between migration and families / care / gender / ageing / geopolitical transformations, which she approaches from sociological and social policy perspectives. These interests coalesce in different configurations around three key areas: transnational families, transnational political economy of care and migration and transformations. Majella co-founded and currently co-directs the Migration Research Group in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield.

Research interests

Majella’s main current research areas are: migration, (transnational) families and care; migration and gender, including masculinities; family migration policies; the multiple and interconnected ‘crises’ experienced in Europe in recent years, including the economic crisis, the ‘refugee crisis’, Brexit and Covid-19, examining their implications for EU integration, European Free Movement, EU migration governance and migrants’ lived experiences.

Majella currently holds a number of externally funded research grants in those areas.

  • EMpowerment and Integration of Migrant Youth (MIMY). Majella leads the University of Sheffield’s team work on this European Commission H2020-funded project (2020-2023) composed of twelve partners. The project aims to improve the situation of migrant youth throughout Europe by understanding what enables and constrains integration. It focuses specifically on the situation of migrant young people from outside of the EU who have experienced different conditions of exclusion, vulnerability and inequality. MIMY puts the experiences of young migrants at the centre of its activities by directly involving them as peer researchers through participatory research.
     
  • Migration, Integration and Governance Research Centre (MIGREC). Majella leads the University of Sheffield’s team work on this European Commission H2020-funded project (2019-2022). MIGREC is a research-capacity building project in the field of Migration Studies at the University of Belgrade. The project focuses on three inter-related challenges for confronting Serbia – migration, demographic ageing and geo-politics. 
     
  • Sustainable Care: Connecting People and Systems. Majella is Co-Investigator on this ESRC-funded Large Grant (2017-2021), co-leading the programme’s work on migration, mobility and diversity focusing on three areas: care experiences of aged migrants; migrant care workers; and care experiences of ‘Brits abroad’.
Publications

Books

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

Chapters

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 (1995) FAREWELL TO THE FAMILY - PUBLIC-POLICY AND FAMILY BREAKDOWN IN BRITAIN AND THE USA - MORGAN,P. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY, 24, 467-469. RIS download Bibtex download

Reports

  • 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
  • Kilkey M (2007) Disabled Fathers: towards a research agenda RIS download Bibtex download

Website content

  • Lewis H, Kilkey M, Walsh J & Ryan L 'Not one of you any longer': EU Nationals' Brexit uncertainty and mistrust.. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Majella is Co-Director of the Migration Research Group in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. The MRG has over 100 members from across the Faculty. Its approach is informed by a broad understanding of migration encompassing motives for migration, effects on sending and destination countries, as well as the broad range of impacts (legal, social, economic and political) and experiences of migration in various geographical regions.

Grants

2020-23 European Commission H2020

Co-I on the EMpowerment and Integration of Migrant Youth (MIMY) project, leading the University of Sheffield team (Award = €2,999,998; PI = Prof Birte Nienaber, University of Luxembourg)


2019-22 European Commission H2020

Co-I on the Migration, Integration and Governance Research Centre (MIGREC) capacity-building project (Award = €799,919; PI = Prof Natalija Perisic, University of Belgrade).


2019-20 Worldwide Universities Network

PI on the research collaboration Migrants’ decision-making in the context of shifting migration regimes (Award = £31,640).


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 Commission

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 current convenes the department’s postgraduate taught programme dissertation modules.

Postgraduate Supervision

Majella has supervised ten PhD students to completion. Topics previously and currently supervised include: transnational care networks, young unaccompanied asylum seekers and transitions to adulthood, Roma and experiences of European citizenship, women’s experiences of trafficking, UK asylum and refugee policy, migrant care workers in Saudi Arabia and diaspora engagement. Majella is interested in supervising PhDs relating to the research areas listed on her Research page.