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Prof Fiona Devine - personal details

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Role: Head of Manchester Business School/Professor of Sociology




Fiona Devine is Professor of Sociology, Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) and Acting Head of Manchester Business School (MBS). She was previously Head of Sociology (2004-7) and Head of the School of Social Sciences (2009-13). She joined the University of Manchester in 1994 and was promoted to Professor in 2001.  Prior to joining Manchester, she worked at the University of Liverpool, the Policy Studies Institute and the (then) Department of Employment HQ in London.  She studied Sociology and Government as an undergraduate degree at the University of Essex where she also completed an MA and PhD.

Fiona's research interests are in the fields of social stratification and mobility, work and employment and politics and participation from a comparative US/UK perspective. Much of her research has been funded by grants from the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust. She is currently working on the BBC's Great British Class Survey with Professor Mike Savage at the LSE and a team based at Manchester, LSE and York.

Fiona was a member of Council of the Economic and Social Research Council and Chair of its International Advisory Committee (2003-7).  She was on the Board of NORFACE and was a member of the Governing Council of the European Science Foundation. She has held visiting positions at the University at Chicago, Harvard University and the University of Queensland. Fiona was a member of the Research Evaluation Committee for Education and Human Society in Excellence in Research for Australia in 2012.  She is currently a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University, USA and an Honorary Professor in the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia.

She was awarded an OBE for Services to Social Sciences in 2010 and elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in 2011.