Sylvia Walby

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Sylvia Walby
Born Sylvia Theresa Walby
(1953-10-16) 16 October 1953 (age 61)
Nationality British
Occupation Sociologist
Organization Lancaster University
Website
Official website

Sylvia Theresa Walby (born 16 October 1953),[1] OBE FAcSS, is a British sociologist, currently Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. She is noted for work in the fields of the domestic violence, patriarchy, gender relations in the workplace and globalisation.

Walby is coordinator of the Gender Equality Research Network International (GENIe) the aim of which is to develop, through research, the knowledge base to understand and reduce gender inequality.[2] She is principal Investigator of the Lancaster node of Quing, an Integrated Project funded by the European Union under Framework 6 to investigate gender and citizenship in a multicultural context, 2006–2011, Member of the Executive Board, and Leader of the strand on Intersectionality. She is also co-organiser of an international network on Gender Globalization and Work Transformation (GLOW).

Walby is the first UNESCO Chair in Gender Research and coordinates the associated UNESCO Chair in Gender Research Group. She was appointed in 2008.

Career[edit]

Walby has been Sociology Professor at the University of Leeds, Professor and Head of Department of Sociology at Bristol University; Reader in Sociology and Director of the Gender Institute at the LSE; Lecturer in Sociology and Director of the Women's Studies Research Centre at Lancaster University; Visiting Associate Professor in Sociology at UCLA and Honorary Visiting Scholar at the Schlesinger Library, Harvard University. She was the first President of the European Sociological Association and has been Chair of the Women's Studies Network UK.

Her current research is situated within the tension between general social theory and specific forms of inequality, especially gender. Over the years this led her from theories of patriarchy to a current concern to mainstream difference into social theory. She has an interest in economic matters, a fascination with new political forms, and concern with marginalised groups. Today, all of these issues are framed by globalisation, the understanding of which requires new forms of social theory, especially complexity theories.

She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.[3]

Current research themes and writing[edit]

Gender Equality Research Network International (GENIe)[edit]

Walby is coordinator of the Gender Equality Research Network International (GENIe).[2] The aim of GENIe is to develop, through research, the knowledge base to understand and reduce gender inequality.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is funding developmental workshops at Lancaster to take forward new ventures in gender analysis.

QUING: Gender Equality in the EU[edit]

Quing is an Integrated Project funded by the European Union under Framework 6 to investigate gender and citizenship in a multicultural context, 2006–2011. QUING is comparing the meanings of gender equality in each of the 27 EU member states, and Turkey and Croatia. This involves close textual analysis of key policy documents on gender equality in employment, gender-based violence and intimate citizenship, as well as the comparative analysis of the varied institutional and social structural environments under which these meanings develop. Quing will contribute to the development of gender theory, especially in relation to intersectionality and to the theorisation of differences in gender regimes, as well as to more effective gender equality policies. With partners in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey, the project is coordinated by professor Mieke Verloo in Vienna. The total budget is 4,742,000 Euros, with 634,000 Euros for Lancaster. Sylvia Walby is the Principal Investigator of the Lancaster node, Member of the Executive Board, and Leader of the strand on Intersectionality. The Lancaster node consists of, in addition to Walby, Dr. Jo Armstrong and Dr. Sofia Strid.

UNESCO Chair in Gender Research Group[edit]

Professor Sylvia Walby was appointed to the UNESCO Chair in Gender Research in 2008. Members of the UNESCO Chair in Gender Research Group include Dr Jo Armstrong and Dr Sofia Strid.[4] The objectives of the Chair are to:

  • facilitate the development of policy-relevant research on gender equality and women's human rights around the world;
  • support and develop international networking to facilitate the exchange of ideas, research and policy developments, especially between the North and South;
  • support research and build capacity on policy-relevant gender equality issues; curriculum development, student training at graduate level; staff exchanges;
  • facilitate exchanges between researchers and policy makers, in the context of UN instruments for promoting women's human rights and the Millennium Development Goals;
  • collaborate with UNESCO in its gender equality policy and strategy.

Social theory, Complexity theory[edit]

Walby, Sylvia (2009). Globalization and inequalities: complexity and contested modernities. Los Angeles: Sage. ISBN 9780803985186.  A book from a long-term programme of research.
Response from Sandra Harding (doi: 10.1086/495602).
Response from Joey Sprague (doi: 10.1086/495603).
Walby, Sylvia (Winter 2001). "Reply to Harding and Sprague". Signs (Chicago Journals via JSTOR) 26 (2): 537–540. doi:10.1086/495604. JSTOR 3175453. 

Gender, Globalization and Work Transformation[edit]

Walby is co-organiser of an international network on Gender Globalization and Work Transformation (GLOW), with members in US, Japan, Germany and UK. Key interests are in the relationship between the new knowledge based economy and new non-standard employment forms in the context of changing forms of regulation and deregulation and globalisation.

Gender-based violence[edit]

Work for the UN on improving statistics and indicators on violence against women:

    • Member of UN Task Force on Violence Against Women, 2006-.

Politics in a global era[edit]

Response from Steve Bruce and David Voas (doi: 10.1177/0038038504047184).
Walby, Sylvia (December 2004). "No one polity saturates the political space in a given territory". Sociology (Sage) 38 (5): 1035–1042. doi:10.1177/0038038504047185. 

Measuring Gender Equality[edit]

ESRC Gender seminars[edit]

ESRC funded seminar series, "Gender Mainstreaming" 2003-04.

ESRC funded seminar series, "What is Gender Equality", 2005-07[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • Localities, Class and Gender (with Lancaster Regionalism Group) Pion, 1985.
  • Patriarchy at Work, Polity, 1986.
  • Gender Segregation at Work (edited) Sage, 1988.
  • Theorizing Patriarchy, Blackwell, 1990.
  • Restructuring Place Class & Gender (with Lancaster Regionalism Group) Sage, 1990
  • Sex Crime in the News (with Soothill) Routledge, 1991.
  • Out of the Margins (edited with Aaron) Falmer, 1991.
  • Medicine and Nursing: Professions in a Changing Health Service (with Greenwell, MacKay and Soothill) Sage, 1994
  • Gender Transformations, Routledge, 1997.
  • European Societies: Fusion or Fission? (edited with Boye and Van Steenbergen, Routledge, 1999).
  • New Agendas for Women (edited) (foreword by Clare Short) Macmillan, 1999.
  • Contemporary British Society (with Abercrombie, Warde et al.) 3rd edition Polity, 2000
  • Gendering the Knowledge Economy, March 2006, special issue of Gender Work and Organization (2007).
  • The Future of Feminism, Polity, 2011

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Walby, Sylvia". Library of Congress. Retrieved 6 July 2014. Gender transformations, 1997: CIP t.p. (Sylvia Walby) data sheet (Sylvia Theresa Walby, b. 10-16-53) 
  2. ^ a b Lancaster University Department Of Sociology (December 20, 2007). "Gender Equality Research Network International" (PDF). Lancaster University. Retrieved 2008-06-15. [dead link]
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58729. p. 13. 14 June 2008.
  4. ^ [1]

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