Image of Dr Majella KilkeyDr Majella Kilkey

Reader in Social Policy

(BSSc (Hons) (Queen's University Belfast), MA (York), DPhil (York))

m.kilkey@sheffield.ac.uk

Telephone: 0114 222 6459 (external), 26459 (internal)
Room: Elmfield, LG28

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.

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

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.

Funded Research Projects Since 2005
Date Sponsor Details
2017-2021 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).
2017-2019 Noble Foundation Co-I on the project Modern Poland: Migration and Transformations
(Award = £29,760; PI = Prof Louise Ryan).
2016-2019 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).
2013-2014 White Rose University Consortium PI on the Research Network Migration and Economic Crisis: the experiences of Brits at home and abroad
(Award = £10724)
2008-2009 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PI on the project Situating men within global care chains: the migrant handyman phenomenon
(Award = £98,000)
2005-2007 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/Supervision

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.

See our Postgraduate Degree pages.

Postgraduate research supervision

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)

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

Publications

Publications since 2005

Peer Reviewed Articles

Kim , G. and Kilkey, M. (2017) Marriage Migration Policy in South Korea: Social Investment beyond the Nation State, International Migration, doi: 10.1111/imig.12350 pp 1-16.

Kilkey, M. (2017) Conditioning Family-life at the Intersection of Migration and Welfare: The Implications for ‘Brexit Families’, Journal of Social Policy 46: 4 , pp 797 – 814.
https://doi.org/10.1017/S004727941700037X.

Kilkey, M. and Urzi, D. (2017) Social Reproduction in Sicily’s Agricultural Sector: Migration Status and Context of Reception. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 43: 15, 2573-2590. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1286971.

Kilkey, M. and Merla, L. (2014) ‘Situating Transnational Families’ Care-giving Arrangements: the role of institutional contexts’, Global Networks. A Journal of Transnational Affairs, 14: 2, 210-229.

Kilkey, M., Plomien, A. and Perrons, D. (2014) ‘Migrant men’s fathering practices and projects in national and transnational spaces: recent Polish male migrants to London’, International Migration. 52: 1, 178-191.

Kilkey, M. and Palenga-Möllenbeck, E. (2013) ‘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, 109-121.

Kilkey, M. (2010) "Men and Domestic Labour: 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. Clarke (2010) “Disabled Men and Fathering: Opportunities and Constraints” Community, Work and Family, 13: 2, 127-146.

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

Perrons, D., A. Plomien & M. Kilkey (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. & M. Kilkey (2009) “Contextualizing Rationality: Mature student carers and higher education in England”, Feminist Economics. 15: 1, 85-111.

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

Journal Special Issues

Kilkey, M., Merla, L. and Baldassar, L. (2018) (Eds) Special Issue - The Social Reproductive Worlds of Migrants, Journal of Family Studies, 24: 1.

Kilkey, M., Lutz, H. and Palenga-Möllenbeck, E. (2010) (Eds) Themed Section - Domestic and care work at the intersection of welfare, gender and migration regimes: European experiences, Social Policy and Society, 9: 3.

Books

Kilkey, M. and Palenga-Möllenbeck, E. (eds) (2016) Family Life in An Age of Migration and Mobility. Global Perspectives through the Life Course, Palgrave Macmillan.

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

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.

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

Chapters in Books

Baldassar, L., Kilkey, M., Merla, L. And Wilding, R. (2018) ‘Transnational Families in the Era of Global Mobility’, in Triandafyllidou, A. (ed) Handbook on Migration and Globalisation, Edward Elgar.

Kilkey, M. (2016) ‘Migrants and Asylum Seekers’, in Alcock, P. et al (eds) Students Companion to Social Policy, 5th Edition, Blackwell.

Kilkey, M. and Palenga-Möllenbeck, E. (2016) ‘Conclusion’, in Kilkey, M. and Palenga-Möllenbeck, E. (eds) Family Life in An Age of Migration and Mobility. Global Perspectives through the Life Course, Palgrave Macmillan.

Kilkey, M. and Palenga-Möllenbeck, E. (2016) ‘Family life in an age of migration and mobility: introducing a global and family life-course perspective’, in Kilkey, M. and Palenga-Möllenbeck, E. (eds) Family Life in An Age of Migration and Mobility. Global Perspectives through the Life Course, Palgrave Macmillan.

Kim, G. and Kilkey, M. (2016) ‘Marriage migration policy as a social reproductive system: The South Korean experience’, in Kilkey, M. and Palenga-Möllenbeck, E. (eds) Family Life in An Age of Migration and Mobility. Global Perspectives through the Life Course, Palgrave Macmillan.

Baldassar, L., Kilkey, M., Merla, L. and Wilding, R. (2016) ‘Transnational families, care and wellbeing’, in Thomas, F. (ed) Handbook of Migration and Health, Edward Elgar.

Kilkey, M. (2014) ‘Polish male migrants in London: The Circulation of Fatherly Care’, in Baldassar, L. and Merla, L. (eds) Transnational Families, migration and the circulation of care’, New York: Routledge.

Baldassar, L., Kilkey, M., Merla, L. and Wilding, R. (2014) ‘Transnational Families’, in Treas, J., Scott, J. And Richards, M. (eds) The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families, Wiley Blackwell.

Gonzalez-Arnal, S., Alsop, R. and Kilkey, M. (2013) ‘Políticas de inclusión de grupos minoritarios y su relación con el género: las experiencias de los estudiantes’ in Incluyendo sin excluir. Género y movilidad en instituciones de educación superior, J. Chan de Avila, S. García Peter, M. Zapata Galindo (eds.): Edición tranvía, Verlag Walter Frey, Berlín 2013, 161-176pp.

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

Greener, I., C. Holden & M. Kilkey (2010) ‘Introduction’ in Greener, I., C. Holden & M. Kilkey (eds) Social Policy Review 22, Bristol: Policy Press.

Research reports

Kilkey, M., Lunt, N. and Martinez-Perez, A. (2017) British Medical Association's Cohort Study Of 2006 Medical Graduates: Longitudinal Analysis Of Career Trajectories, London: BMA.

Kilkey, M. (2010) ‘Situating Men within Global Care Chains: the migrant handyman phenomenon’, ESRC End of Award Report, RES-000-22-2590, Swindon: ESRC.

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.

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