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Prof Sheila Rowbotham - personal details

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After studying history at St Hilda's College, Oxford University, I began my career lecturing in Liberal Studies at Chelsea College of Advanced Technology. I then worked for several years as an Extra Mural Lecturer for London University. In 1981 I was appointed as a Visiting Professor in Women's Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Between 1983 and 1986 I worked as a research officer for the Greater London Council's Industry and Employment Department, producing a newspaper, 'Jobs for a Change', and contributing to the London Industrial Strategy. This led to an invitation to become Consultant Research Adviser for the Women's Programme, World Institute for Development Economics Research, (WIDER) at the United Nations University. I initiated a project which examined the conditions of poor women's casualised work internationally, involving activists and academics. This attracted interest among policy makers in Canada , Finland and India. I was then asked to participate on a project directed by Professor Swasti Mitter at UNU INTECH on women and technology. This attracted widespread international interest. Between 1987 and 1989 I was also Course Tutor on the Women's Studies M.A. at the University of Kent and a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris VIII. This was followed by a Visiting Professorship in the Political Economy Department at Carleton University in 1993. I first came to Manchester University in 1993-4 as a Simon Research Fellow. I returned in 1995, initially as a Research Fellow.

I have lectured extensively in North America, Brazil, Europe and India. My work has been translated into many languages including Chinese, Arabic and Hebrew. A symposium on my historical work was organised at the American Historical Association in 1994 and has been the subject of various articles, essays and theses internationally. I was given an honorary doctorate by North London University (now London Metropolitan University) and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I am on the Working Lives Centre Group at London Metropolitan University and the Workers' Institute Advisory Panel (Black Country Living Museum). I have also helped groups involved with the organisation of home workers in Britain and internationally and supported the work of Women Working World Wide.