Bev Skeggs leads the Global Economies of Care research theme at the III and supports the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme as an external academic advisor. She is based at Lancaster University, where she is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology.
One of the world’s foremost feminist sociologists, her book Formations of Class and Gender (1997) has been profoundly significant in drawing attention to the intersections between class and gender inequality, as experienced by young working class women dealing with the vulnerabilities of daily life in harsh conditions.
Bev’s more recent work has shown how contemporary ideas of the “self” implicitly discriminate against many groups – women, ethnic minorities, migrants and the economically deprived – who are seen to fall short of the assumed values of responsibility and autonomy. In recent years, supported by numerous grants and fellowships, she has explored the source of these values through pioneering studies of sexuality, violence, and space, traditional and social media, including reality television and Facebook. She sees digital tracking and trading as one of the major ways in which inequality is being forged.
Alongside her world-leading intellectual contributions, Bev has been a major change-maker and transformative leader. She has served as director of women’s studies and head of two of the UK’s leading sociology departments, at the University of Manchester, and Goldsmiths, University of London, and transformed Britain’s oldest sociology journal, The Sociological Review, into an independent foundation devoted to supporting early career researchers and opening up critical social science.