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Prof Colette Fagan - personal details

Contact details

Role: Professor, Deputy Dean and Vice Dean Research

Tel: 0161 275-2512

Location: Arthur Lewis Building-3.029
School of Social Sciences
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Colette is a Professor of Sociology and the Associate Dean for Research (2010-) and Deputy Dean (2013–) of the Faculty of Humanities. She is a Senate-elected member of the University's Board of Governors (2009-).

Previously, she was the Research Director for the School of Social Sciences (2004–10) and Co-Director of the European Work and Employment Research Centre (2004–10). 

Colette joined the University as a sociology lecturer in 1998 and became a professor in 2005. Previously she worked as a lecturer at the University of Liverpool, a researcher at UMIST and a research officer at the UK’s Equal Opportunities Commission (now the Equality and Human Rights Commission). Her connection with the University started in 1990 when she registered as a part-time PhD student.

Colette's research focus is on work and employment, with particular interests in gender relations and inequalities in the workplace and domestic life; in international comparisons of employment and living conditions in industrialised economies; and the topic of 'time'. Her international collaborations have included visiting academic positions at the University of Madison-Wisconsin USA; RMIT Australia and the Wissenschaftzentrum (WZB) Germany and the TRANSLAM NESY and RECWOWE research collaborations funded under the European Unions’ Framework Programmes.  

She is the UK national academic expert in the European Commission's Expert Network on Employment and Gender Equality and a member of the Advisory Board on Working Conditions for the European Commission’s Eurofound tri-partite research and policy agency. 

Her academic consultancies include research papers and reports for the European Commission, the European Trade Union Institute, Eurofound ( the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions), the International Labour Office, the OECD, UNIFEM - Central and Eastern Europe, the UK Trades Union Congress and the Finnish Ministry of Labour.

As a member of the British Sociology Association her roles have included serving on the editorial board of the journals Sociology (1998-2000) and Work, Employment and Society (2000-2004) and on the conference organising committees for the 50th Annual British Sociological Association Conference (2001) and the 2004 Work, Employment and Society Conference.