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|Born||Sylvia Theresa Walby
16 October 1953
Sylvia Theresa Walby, OBE, FAcSS (born 16 October 1953) is a British sociologist, currently Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. She has an Honorary Doctorate from Queen's University Belfast for distinction in sociology. 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. 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.
- 1 Career
- 2 Current research themes and writing
- 2.1 Gender Equality Research Network International (GENIe)
- 2.2 QUING: Gender Equality in the EU
- 2.3 UNESCO Chair in Gender Research Group
- 2.4 Social theory, Complexity theory
- 2.5 Gender, Globalization and Work Transformation
- 2.6 Gender-based violence
- 2.7 Politics in a global era
- 2.8 Measuring Gender Equality
- 2.9 ESRC Gender seminars
- 2.10 ESRC funded seminar series, "What is Gender Equality", 2005-07
- 2.11 Books
- 3 Further reading
- 4 References
- 5 External links
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. In 2017 her contribution to sociology was recognised by Queen's University Belfast who awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences (DSSc).
Current research themes and writing
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Gender Equality Research Network International (GENIe)
Walby is coordinator of the Gender Equality Research Network International (GENIe). 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
Quing was an Integrated Project funded by the European Union under Framework 6 to investigate gender and citizenship in a multicultural context, 2006–2011. QUING compared the meanings of gender equality in each of the 27 EU member states, and Turkey and Croatia. This involved 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 was coordinated by Professor Mieke Verloo in Vienna. The total budget is 4,742,000 Euros, with 634,000 Euros for Lancaster. Sylvia Walby was the Principal Investigator of the Lancaster node, Member of the Executive Board, and Leader of the strand on Intersectionality. The Lancaster node included Dr. Jo Armstrong and Dr. Sofia Strid.
UNESCO Chair in Gender Research Group
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. 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
- Walby, Sylvia (April 2003). Modernities/globalisation/complexities (pdf). Lancaster: Department of Sociology, Lancaster University. Paper presented to a conference of the British Sociological Association, University of York, April 2003.
- Walby, Sylvia (April 2004). Complexity theory, globalisation and diversity (pdf). Lancaster: Department of Sociology, Lancaster University. Paper presented to a conference of the British Sociological Association, University of York, April 2004.
- Walby, Sylvia (Winter 2001). "Against epistemological chasms: the science question in feminism revisited". Signs. Chicago Journals via JSTOR. 26 (2): 485–509. doi:10.1086/495601. JSTOR 3175450. Pdf.
Gender, Globalization and Work Transformation
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.
- Walby, Sylvia; Gottfried, Heidi; Gottschall, Karin; Osawa, Mari (2007). Gendering the knowledge economy comparative perspectives. Basingstoke England New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230575707. Edited with GLOW.
- Walby, Sylvia (October 2002). Gender and the new economy: regulation or deregulation? (pdf). Lancaster: Department of Sociology, Lancaster University. Presented to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) seminar 'Work, life and time in the new economy', LSE October 2002.
- Walby, Sylvia (2001). Gender (in)equality and the future of work (pdf). Transforming work. Manchester, UK: Equal Opportunities Commission. Working paper series no. 55.
Work for the UN on improving statistics and indicators on violence against women:
- Walby, Sylvia (2005). "Improving the statistics on violence against women" (PDF). Statistical Journal of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. IOS Press. 22 (4): 193–216.
- Walby, Sylvia (2006). Developing indicators on violence against women (pdf). Lancaster: Department of Sociology, Lancaster University.
- Walby, Sylvia (June 2006). Towards international standards for data collection and statistics on violence against women (pdf). Geneva: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Invited paper (ref ECE/CES/GE.30/2006/7) for the UNECE's Conference of European Statisticians, Group of Experts on Gender Statisticians, 11–13 September 2006.
- Member of UN Task Force on Violence Against Women, 2006-.
- Walby, Sylvia; Allen, Jonathan (March 2004). Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking: Findings from the British Crime Survey (pdf). London: Development and Statistics Directorate, Home Office Research. Home Office research study paper no. 276, based on a consultancy with the Home Office's British Crime Survey.
- Walby, Sylvia (September 2004). The cost of domestic violence (pdf). London: Office for National Statistics funded by the Women & Equality Unit, Department of Trade and Industry.
- Walby, Sylvia; Myhill, Andrew (June 2001). "New survey methodologies in researching violence against women". The British Journal of Criminology. Oxford Journals for the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. 41 (3): 502–522. doi:10.1093/bjc/41.3.502. Pdf. Based on Nuffield Foundation funded work.
Politics in a global era
- Walby, Sylvia (August 2003). "The myth of the nation-state: theorizing society and polities in a global era". Sociology. Sage. 37 (3): 529–546. doi:10.1177/00380385030373008. Pdf.
- Walby, Sylvia (Spring 2004). "The European Union and gender equality: emergent varieties of gender regime". Social Politics. Oxford Journals. 11 (1): 4–29. doi:10.1093/sp/jxh024. Pdf.
- Walby, Sylvia (November 2002). "Feminism in a global era". Economy and Society. Taylor and Francis. 31 (4): 533–557. doi:10.1080/0308514022000020670. Pdf.
- Walby, Sylvia (June 2001). "From community to coalition: the politics of recognition as the handmaiden of the politics of redistribution". Theory, Culture & Society. Sage. 18 (2-3): 113–135. doi:10.1177/02632760122051814. Pdf.
Measuring Gender Equality
- Walby, Sylvia (June 2005). "Measuring women's progress in a global era". International Social Science Journal. Wiley. 57 (184): 371–387. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2451.2005.00556.x. Pdf. Originally prepared for UNESCO, considering to what extent the Beijing +10 process has led to the improvement of the lives of women.
- Contributed research to EU Presidency (Luxembourg) report on "Beijing+10: Progress Made Within the European Union", 2005 (with Anne-Marie Theisen, Nadine Spoden and Mieke Verloo).
- Walby, Sylvia; Olsen, Wendy (2004). Modelling gender pay gaps (pdf). Manchester, UK: Equal Opportunities Commission. Working paper series no. 17.
- "Gender, Economic Development, Economic Growth and Democracy", ESRC funded project with Wendy Olsen, 2004-5.
- Walby, Sylvia (November 2002). The impact of women's position in the labour market on pay and implications for UK productivity (pdf). London: Women & Equality Unit, Department of Trade and Industry.
- Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and member Official Statistics Committee.
ESRC Gender seminars
ESRC funded seminar series, "Gender Mainstreaming" 2003-04.
- Walby, Sylvia (December 2005). "Introduction: comparative gender mainstreaming in a global era". International Feminist Journal of Politics, special issue: Comparative Gender Mainstreaming. Taylor and Francis. 7 (4): 453–470. doi:10.1080/14616740500284383. Pdf.
- Walby, Sylvia (Fall 2005). "Gender mainstreaming: Productive tensions in theory and practice". Social Politics, special issue: Gender Mainstreaming. Oxford Journals. 12 (3): 321–343. doi:10.1093/sp/jxi018. Pdf.
ESRC funded seminar series, "What is Gender Equality", 2005-07
- Walby, Sylvia (January 2011). "Is the knowledge society gendered?". Gender, Work and Organization, special issue: The Knowledge Society. Wiley. 18 (1): 1–29. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0432.2010.00532.x. Pdf.
- 2006, May. "Indicators and statistics of gender based violence"; co-hosted by Royal Statistical Society, Programme and presentations here.
- 2007, April. "Developing indicators and official statistics to monitor the new duty to promote gender equality", Programme and presentations here.
- Walby, Sylvia; Lancaster Regionalism Group (1985). Localities, class, and gender. Research in Planning and Design Series (13). London: Pion. ISBN 9780850861150.
- Walby, Sylvia (1986). Patriarchy at work: patriarchal and capitalist relations in employment. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 9780816615896.
- Walby, Sylvia, ed. (1988). Gender segregation at work. Milton Keynes New York: Open University Press. ISBN 9780335155620.
- Walby, Sylvia (1990). Theorizing patriarchy. Oxford, UK Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9780631147688.
- Walby, Sylvia; Lancaster Regionalism Group (1990). Restructuring: place, class, and gender. London Newbury Park: Sage Publications. ISBN 9780803982147.
- Walby, Sylvia; Soothill, Keith (1991). Sex crime in the news. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415058018.
- Walby, Sylvia; Aaron, Jane, eds. (1991). Out of the margins: women's studies in the nineties. London New York: Falmer Press. ISBN 9781850009696.
- Walby, Sylvia; Greenwell, Jane (1994). Medicine and nursing: professions in a changing health service. with Lesley Mackay and Keith Soothill. London Thousand Oaks: Sage. ISBN 9780803987425.
- Walby, Sylvia (1997). Gender transformations. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780203431153.
- Walby, Sylvia; Boje, Thomas P.; van Steenbergen, Bart, eds. (2007) . European societies: fusion or fission (reprint ed.). London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415463287.
- Abercrombie, Nicholas; Warde, Alan (2000). Contemporary British society. Sylvia Walby et al (3rd ed.). Malden, Massachusetts: Polity Press. ISBN 9780745622972.
- Walby, Sylvia; Gottfried, Heidi; Gottschall, Karin; Osawa, Mari, eds. (2007). Gendering the knowledge economy: comparative perspectives. Basingstoke England New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781403994578.
- Walby, Sylvia (2011). The future of feminism. Cambridge, UK Malden, Massachusetts: Polity Press. ISBN 9780745647579.
- Walby, Sylvia (2015). Crisis. Cambridge, UK Malden, Massachusetts: Polity Press. ISBN 9780745647616.
- Wilson, Amrit (July 2007). "The forced marriage debate and the British state". Race & Class. Sage. 49 (1): 25–38. doi:10.1177/0306396807080065.
- "RES-000-22-0526 - Democracy, economic development, economic growth and gender". Economic and Social Research Council. June 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007.
- Kundnani, Arun (April 2007). "Integrationism: the politics of anti-Muslim racism". Race & Class. Sage. 48 (4): 24–44. doi:10.1177/0306396807077069.
- "Meeting on gender statistics priorities". Equal Opportunities Commission. 27 April 2006. Archived from the original on 12 August 2006.
- Harwin, Nicola (June 2006). "Putting a stop to domestic violence in the United Kingdom: challenges and opportunities". Violence Against Women. Sage. 12 (6): 556–567. doi:10.1177/1077801206289134. PMID 16707811.
- Böröcz, József; Sarkar, Mahua (June 2005). "What is the EU?". Violence Against Women. Sage. 20 (2): 153–173. doi:10.1177/0268580905052367. Pdf.
- Hemmings, Clare (August 2005). "Telling feminist stories". Feminist Theory. Sage. 6 (2): 115–139. doi:10.1177/1464700105053690.
- Salmenniemi, Suvi (October 2005). "Civic activity – feminine activity?: Gender, civil society and citizenship in post-Soviet Russia". Sociology. Sage. 39 (4): 735–753. doi:10.1177/0038038505056030.
- Urry, John (October 2005). "The complexity turn". Theory, Culture & Society. Sage. 22 (5): 1–14. doi:10.1177/0263276405057188.
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