Professor Colette Fagan, PhD

Colette was elected to the University’s Senate in 2008 and joined the University’s Board of Governors as a senate representative in 2009. Her Board position includes recent service on the Finance Committee and the Staffing Committee, and previously on the Risk and Audit Committee and the Nominations Committee.

Colette Fagan

Colette was appointed to a chair in Sociology in 2005 and as the University’s Vice-President for Research (October 2017–present). Previously she was Deputy Dean and Vice-Dean for Research (2010–17) of the Faculty of Humanities at The University of Manchester. Before that she held posts as the Research Director for the School of Social Sciences (2004–10) and Co-Director of the European Work and Employment Research Centre (2004–10). She is also a trustee and Chair of the University’s Hallsworth and Simon research endowments (2010–present) and has served as a primary school governing body chair and parent governor (2008–11).

Colette’s research focus is on employment, working conditions and job quality; with particular interests in gender relations and inequalities in the workplace and in family life, working time and time use, and international comparative analysis. Her research has been supported by major national and international funders, including the UK’s (Economic and Social Research Council) and the European Union’s research framework programes. Her record of knowledge exchange and impact formed one of the University’s REF 2014 impact cases for sociology. She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and has held visiting academic appointments at the Wissenshaftzentrum (WZB) Berlin; RMIT Australia; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Through her research she has been appointed to several high-level advisory bodies. She was a working group member and co-author of the British Academy’s 2016 report Crossing Paths: Interdisciplinary institutions, careers, education and applications. She is the UK national academic expert in the European Commission's Expert Network on Employment and Gender Equality (SAAGE) and one of the two academics appointed to Eurofound’s Advisory Board on Working Conditions and Sustainable Work (the European Commission’s tri-partite research and policy agency). Her previous advisory appointments to inform policy through research include the European Commission, the European Parliament, the United Nations’ International Labour Office and the OECD; plus reports for a range of government agencies, trade unions and employers’ associations in the EU, Australia, Japan and South Korea.