Photo of Professor Sue YeandleProfessor Sue Yeandle

Professor of Sociology and Director of CIRCLE (Centre for International Research on Care, Labour & Equalities)

BA (Hons) European Studies (Bradford 1977); PhD Sociology (Kent, 1983)

Telephone: 0114 222 6485 (external), 26485 (internal)


Sue is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociological Studies and Director of CIRCLE, the Centre for International Research on Care Labour and Equalities, a Faculty of Social Sciences research centre based in ICOSS, the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Social Sciences. She is principal investigator for the ESRC-funded large grant programme Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems (2017-2021) and founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Care and Caring, a journal of the Policy Press first established in 2017. Sue joined the University of Sheffield in October 2015 after almost ten years at the University of Leeds, where CIRCLE was established in 2007. Her career has also included periods studying, teaching and researching at the Universities of Bradford, Kent, Durham, Swansea, Nottingham Trent and Sheffield Hallam.

Sue’s research and scholarship focus on the relationship between work and care, on how social and employment policies affect how women and men manage caring roles and responsibilities throughout the life course, and on the role of technology in supporting older and disabled people, carers and their networks. She also specialises in comparative international analysis of care arrangements and in evaluating the impact of carer support initiatives. Sue has led over 40 externally funded research projects and has published widely on care, caring, gender and work. She participates in many international collaborations and is honoured in her many connections to the carers’ movement around the world and to work closely with the national charity Carers UK.


Sue's research has included major projects on gender and employment in local labour markets (2003-06, HEESF award); on carers, employment and services (2005-07, EU EQUAL award to Carers UK); and on the everyday lives of older people with care needs who use technology to support independence in the home (AKTIVE, 2011-14, Technology Strategy Board award). Her main current research role is leading Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems funded by an ESRC Large Grant for the period 2017-2021.

Between 2008 and 2011, Sue directed two national evaluation studies funded by the Department of Health (studying the ‘Caring with Confidence’ programme and the ‘Carers Strategy Demonstrator Sites’). In 2011-15 she led the UK contribution to the EU Framework 7 project ‘FLOWS’ on welfare, women and local labour markets, and over the years, she has contributed to many international research projects commissioned by EU research agencies (the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living & Working Conditions and the EU Institute for Prospective Technological Studies).

Sue specialises in research with the potential for policy and practical impact. She has extensive knowledge of policy on care, carers and employment, expertise in making complex research findings accessible to a wide range of audiences, and wide experience of research design and methods. Sue is a regular speaker in the UK and internationally and works closely with leading non-academic organisations in her field. She was Special Adviser to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee for its 2008 Inquiry on Carers and a member of government Task Forces on caring and employment in 2007-8 and 2012-13. In 2017-18 she provided expert advice to the Government Office for Science and Department for Health and Social Care in their preparations for the 2018 Green Paper on Social Care in England. Sue works in partnership with leading UK charity Carers UK and is a member of the international NGO Eurocarers. She belongs to academic research networks in Australia, Canada and Finland and the IAGG Global Social Initiative on Ageing, and is an advisor to UK forum Employers for Carers.

Postgraduate supervision

Postgraduate supervision

Sue currently supervises PhD students studying voluntary sector support for carers and employment (Jenny Read), the provision of home care in Shanghai (Wenjing Jin) and UK employers’ voluntary care leave schemes (Camille Allard). She welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students wishing to study topics in her specialist field.

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Publications since 2005


Kröger, T. and Yeandle, S. (eds.) (2013) Combining Paid Work and Family Care: policies and experiences in international perspective, Bristol: Policy Press

Yeandle, S. (ed.) (2009) Policy for a Change: local labour market analysis and gender equality, Bristol: The Policy Press.

Ungerson, C. and Yeandle, S. (eds.) (2007) Cash for Care in Developed Welfare States, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Yeandle, S., Phillips, J., Scheibl, F., Wise, S. & Wigfield, A. (2003) Line Managers and Family-Friendly Employment: roles and perspectives, Bristol: The Policy Press.

Alcock, P., Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Macmillan, R. & Yeandle, S. (eds.) (2003) Work to Welfare: how men become detached from the labour market, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Yeandle, S., Wigfield, A., Crompton, R. & Dennett, J. (2002) Employed Carers and Family-Friendly Employment Policies, Bristol: The Policy Press.

Booth, C., Darke, J. & Yeandle, S. (1996) Changing Places: Women’s lives in the city, London: Paul Chapman Publications [trans. Spanish 1998, Narcea, Ediciones].

Yeandle, S. (1993) Women of Courage: 100 years of women factory inspectors, London: HMSO.

Allatt, P. & Yeandle, S. (1991) Youth Unemployment and the Family: voices of disordered times, London: Routledge.

Yeandle, S. (1984) Women’s Working Lives: patterns and strategies, London: Tavistock.

Journal articles

Yeandle, S. & Buckner, L. (2017) ‘Older workers and care-giving in England: the policy context for older workers’ employment patterns’, in K. O’Loughlin & J. Phillips (eds.) Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, Special Issue on ‘Older Workers and Caregiving in Global Context’, 32: 303–321.

Hamblin, K., Fry, G. & Yeandle, S. (2017) ‘Researching telecare: the importance of context’, Journal of Enabling Technologies, 11 (3): 75-84.

Yeandle, S., Chou, Y-C, Fine, M., Larkin, M. & Milne, A. (2017) ‘Care and caring: interdisciplinary perspectives on a societal issue of global significance’, International Journal of Care and Caring, 1 (1): 3-26.

Yeandle, S. (2016) ‘Caring for our carers: an international perspective on policy developments in the UK’, Juncture, 23 (1): 57-62.

Yeandle, S. (2016) ‘From Provider to Enabler of Care? Reconfiguring local authority support for older people and carers in Leeds, 2008-2013’, Journal of Social Service Research, 42 (2): 218–232.

Yeandle, S., Kröger, T. & Cass, B. (2012) ‘Voice and Choice for Users and Carers? developments in patterns of care for older people in Australia, England and Finland’, Journal of European Social Policy, 22 (4): 432-445.

Yeandle, S. & Joynes, V. (2012) ‘Challenges in combining work and care: evidence from investigating women's work in Leeds’, Local Economy, 27 (5): 816-830.

Yeandle, S. (2006) ‘Supporting women’s engagement with their local labour markets’, Local Economy, 21 (2): 197-99.

Yeandle, S. (2002) ‘Developments in Household Services in Europe: working conditions and labour relations’, Transfer - European Review of Labour and Research, 8 (3): 479-492.

Yeandle, S. (2001) ‘Labour Market and Related Insecurities’ extended review, Work, Employment and Society, 15 (2): 411-414.

Yeandle, S. & Booth, C. (1999) 'European Union Equality Policy: its significance for regional regeneration and development', Regional Review, 9 (2): 3-5.

Yeandle, S. (1999) ‘Social Quality in Everyday Life: changing European experiences of employment, family & community’, European Journal of Social Quality, 1 (1&2) 90-108.

Yeandle, S. (1996) ‘Work and Care in the Life Course: understanding the context for family arrangements’, Journal of Social Policy Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 507-527.

Yeandle, S. (1982) ‘Variation and Flexibility: key characteristics of female labour’, Sociology Vol. 16 No. 3, pp 422-431.

Commissioned papers

Peng, I. & Yeandle, S. (2017) Eldercare policies in East Asia and Europe: Mapping policy changes and variations and their implications, UN Women Discussion Paper Series, No. 19, December 2017, New York.

Yeandle, S. (2017) Work-care reconciliation policy: legislation in policy context in eight countries, background paper for German Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women & Youth [Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend].

Yeandle, S. (2005) Older workers and work-life balance. York: The Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Research reports

Hill, P., Cass, B., Green, S., Yeandle, S., Thomson, C., Raven, M., Wong, M. & Buckner, L. (2017) Carers and Social Inclusion, Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Australia.

Hamblin, K., Koivunen, E.-R. & Yeandle, S. (2016) Keeping in Touch with Technology: Using telecare and assistive technology to support older people with dual sensory impairment, Sheffield: University of Sheffield.

Yeandle, S. (2014) Researching Telecare Use using Everyday Life Analysis: introducing the AKTIVE Working Papers, AKTIVE Working Paper 1, CIRCLE, University of Leeds.

Yeandle, S. (2014) Frail Older People and their Networks of Support: how does telecare fit in? AKTIVE Working Paper 2, CIRCLE, University of Leeds.

Yeandle, S., Buckle, P., Fry, G., Hamblin, K., Koivunen, E.-R., and McGinley, C. (2014) The AKTIVE project’s Social, Design and Prospective Hazard Research: research methods, CIRCLE, University of Leeds.

Yeandle, S. & Wigfield, A. eds. (2012) Training and Supporting Carers: national evaluation of the ‘Caring with Confidence’ programme. Leeds: CIRCLE, University of Leeds.

Yeandle, S. & Wigfield, A. eds. (2011) New Approaches to Supporting Carers’ Health and Well-being: evidence from the National Carers’ Strategy Demonstrator Sites programme. Leeds: CIRCLE, University of Leeds.

Fry, G., Yeandle, S, Singleton, B. & Buckner, L. (2011) Developing a clearer understanding of the Carers Allowance Claimant group. London: DWP Research Report 739.

Yeandle, S., Bennett, C., Buckner, L., Fry, G. & Price, C. (2007) Stages and Transitions in the Experience of Caring. CES Report No. 1, London: Carers UK.

Yeandle, S., Bennett, C., Buckner, L., Fry, G. & Price, C. (2007) Managing Caring and Employment. CES Report No. 2, London: Carers UK.

Yeandle, S., Bennett, C., Buckner, L., Fry, G. & Price, C. (2007) Diversity in Caring: towards equality for carers. CES Report No. 3, London: Carers UK.

Yeandle, S., Bennett, C., Buckner, L., Fry, G. & Price, C. (2007) Carers and Services in their Local Context. CES Report No. 4, London: Carers UK.

Yeandle, S. & Starr, M. (2007) Action for Carers and Employment: impact of the ACE partnership 2002-7. CES Report No. 5, London: Carers UK.

Yeandle, S. & Buckner, L. (2007) Carers, Employment and Services: time for a new social contract? CES Report No. 6, London: Carers UK.

Buckner, L., Yeandle, S. & Botcherby, S. (2007) Ethnic Minority Women & Local Labour Markets. Manchester, Equal Opportunities Commission.

Stiell, B. Shipton, L. & Yeandle, S. (2006) Caring for Sick or Disabled Children: parents’ experiences of combining work and care, London: Carers UK.

Yeandle, S., Bennett, C., Buckner, L., Suokas, A., & Shipton, L. (2006) Who Cares Wins: the social and business benefits of supporting employed carers, London, Carers UK.

Grant, L., Yeandle, S. & Buckner, L. (2005) Working Below Potential: Women and Part-Time Work, Manchester, Equal Opportunities Commission, Working Paper Series No. 40.

Yeandle, S., Gore, T., Stiell, B. & Pickford, H. (1999) Employment in Household Services in the UK, Dublin: European Foundation.

Chapters in books

Hoff, A., Yeandle, S., Hamblin, K. A. & Koivunen, E.-R. (2015) Das AKTIVE-Projekt – ‘Telecare’ für sturzgefährdete und demenzkranke Menschen. In: Honekamp, W. & Preißler, J. (Hrsg.) Assistenz für höhere Lebensqualität im Alter. Remscheid: Re Di Roma Verlag, S. 27-44.

Kispeter, E. & Yeandle, S. (2015) ‘Local welfare policies in a period of rapid change in Leeds: centralised governance’ in Kutsar, and Kuronen, M (eds.) Local Welfare Policymaking in European Cities, Springer.

Kröger, T. & Yeandle, S. (2013) ‘Reconciling work and care: an international analysis’, in Kröger, T. and Yeandle, S. (eds.).

Yeandle, S. & Kröger, T. with Cass, B., Chou, Y.-C., Shimmei, M. & Szebehely, M. (2013) ‘The emergence of policy supporting working carers: developments in six countries’ in Kröger, T. and Yeandle, S. (eds.).

Yeandle, S. & Cass, B. (2013) ‘Working carers of older people: steps towards securing adequate support in Australia and England?’ in Kröger, T. and Yeandle, S. (eds.).

Yeandle, S. & valentine, k. (2013) ‘Reconciling work and care for parent-carers of disabled children in Australia and England: uncertain progress’ in Kröger, T. & Yeandle, S. (eds.).

Yeandle, S. & Kröger, T. (2013) ‘Reconciling work and care for older parents, disabled children and partners: convergent or separate paths in three welfare systems?’ in Kröger, T. and Yeandle, S. (eds.).

Yeandle, S., Bennett, C., Buckner, L., Escott, K. & Grant, L. (2009) ‘Local labour markets in public policy context’, pp. 13-34 in Yeandle (ed.).

Yeandle, S., Bennett, C., Buckner, L., Escott, K. & Grant, L. (2009) ‘Women’s labour market situation: myths, puzzles and problems’, pp. 35-56 in Yeandle (ed.).

Yeandle, S. & Buckner, L. (2009) ‘Discrimination and disadvantage in the labour market: issues affecting Black and ethnic minority women’, pp. 77-95 in Yeandle (ed.).

Yeandle, S. (2009) ‘Conclusion: policy for a change’, pp 157-64 in Yeandle (ed.).

Yeandle, S. & Ungerson, C. (2007) ‘Conceptualising cash for care: the origins of contemporary debates’, pp.1-12 in Ungerson and Yeandle (eds.).

Yeandle, S. & Stiell, B. (2007) ‘Issues in the development of the direct payments scheme for older people in England’, pp.104-136 in Ungerson and Yeandle (eds).

Ungerson, C & Yeandle, S. (2007) ‘Conclusion: Dilemmas, Contradictions and Change’, pp. 187-206 in Ungerson and Yeandle (eds.).

Yeandle, S. and Ungerson, C. (2005) ‘Care Workers and Work-Life Balance: the example of domiciliary care workers’, pp. 246-262 in D. Houston (ed.) Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century, London: Palgrave Macmillan/ESRC.

Yeandle, S. (2003) ‘The UK labour market’, pp. 3-24 in Alcock et al (eds.).

Yeandle, S. (2003) ‘Labour market detachment in international context’, pp. 25-55 in Alcock et al. (eds.).

Yeandle, S. (2003) ‘Family, Life Course and Labour Market Detachment’, pp. 162-186 in Alcock et al. (eds.).

Yeandle, S. and Macmillan, R. (2003) ‘The Role of Health in Labour Market Detachment’, pp. 187-205 in Alcock et al. (eds.).

Alcock, P., Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Macmillan, R. and Yeandle, S. (2003) ‘New roles, New Deal’, pp. 251-268 in Alcock et al. (eds.).

Yeandle, S. (2001) ‘Balancing employment and family lives: the changing life course experiences of men and women’, pp. 142–158, in Marshall, V. W., Heinz, W. R., Krueger, H. & Verma, A. (eds.) Restructuring Work and the Life Course, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Yeandle, S. (2000) ‘Work-Life Balance’, pp. 41-46, in Wilson, J. (ed.) Women in the New Economy: a regional perspective London: The Smith Institute.

Yeandle, S. (1999) ‘Women, men and non-standard employment: recent developments in the sexual division of breadwinning and caregiving work in Britain, Germany and Italy’, pp. 80-104, in Crompton, R. (ed.) The Decline of the ‘male breadwinner’? Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Yeandle, S. (1999) ‘Gender contracts, welfare systems and ‘non-standard working’: diversity and change in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and the UK’ pp 141-165 in Felstead, A. and Jewson, N. (eds.) Global Trends in Flexible Labour, Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Yeandle, S. (1994) ‘Life courses and life planning in social context: what role for the third sector in supporting women?’ pp 97-123 in 6, P. and Vidal, I. (eds.) Delivering Welfare: repositioning non-profit and co-operative action in western European welfare states, Barcelona: CIES.

Yeandle, S. (1993) ‘Intersections of biography and history in couples' working lives’ pp 151-171 in Born, C. and Kruger, H. (eds.) Erwerbsverlaufe von Ehepartnern und die Modernisierung weiblicher Lebenslaufe, Weinheim, Germany: Deutscher Studien Verlag.

Yeandle, S. (1991) ‘Couples in the Labour Market: an analysis of work histories in South Wales’ pp 169-185 in Heinz, W. (ed.) The Life course and Social Change: comparative perspectives, Weinheim, Germany: Deutscher Studien Verlag.

Yeandle, S. (1987) ‘Married women at midlife: past experience and present change’ pp 117-131 in Allatt, P. et al. (eds.) Women and the Life Cycle: transitions and turning points, London: Macmillan.

Allatt, P. and Yeandle, S. (1986) ‘It's not fair, is it? Youth Unemployment, Family Relations and the Social Contract’, pp 98-115 in Allen, S. et al. (eds.) The Experience of Unemployment, London: Macmillan.

Yeandle, S. (1982) ‘Women's experiences of paid employment: a study of the 'employment careers' of women with families’ in Hvidtfeldt, K. et al. (eds.) pp 34-52 in Strategies for Integrating Women into the Labour Market, European Women's Studies in Social Science No. 1 Copenhagen, Denmark.