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Professor Judy Wajcman

Judy Wajcman is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology. She joined the LSE as Head of the Sociology Department in 2009. She was previously Professor of Sociology in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. She has held posts in Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester, Sydney, Tokyo, Vienna, Warwick and Zurich. She was formerly a Centennial Professor at the LSE, a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Women in Business at London Business School. She was President of the Society for Social Studies of Science (2009-2011) and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her work has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Greek, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.

Professor Wajcman's scholarly interests encompass the sociology of work and employment, science and technology studies, gender theory, and organizational analysis. Her current research engages with theories about the impact of digital technologies on time poverty and the speeding up of everyday life. She is the 2013 recipient of the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award of the American Sociological Association. This award recognizes a sustained body of research that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of the sociology of communications or information technology. Professor Wajcman has an honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva. In 2016, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Latest books

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Judy Wajcman's book, Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism, is published by the University of Chicago Press.  The technologically tethered, iPhone-addicted figure is an image we can easily conjure. Most of us complain that there aren't enough hours in the day and too many emails in our thumb-accessible inboxes. This widespread perception that life is faster than it used to be is now ingrained in our culture, and smartphones and the Internet are continually being blamed. But isn't the sole purpose of the smartphone to give us such quick access to people and information that we'll be free to do other things? Isn't technology supposed to make our lives easier?

Pressed for Time is the winner of the 2017 Ludwik Fleck prize. This is the Society for Social Studies of Science’s oldest book prize, awarded to an outstanding book across the breadth of science and technology studies. See the Society's website.

Selected Publications 

Wajcman Handbook Science
The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies with Ed Hackett, Olga Amsterdamska and Mike Lynch
(MIT Press, 2008)

The Politics of Working life
with Paul Edwards
(Oxford University Press, 2005)

(Polity Press,

The Social Shaping of Technology
with Donald MacKenzie
(Open University Press, 1999)

Managing Like a Man: Women
and Men in Corporate Management

(Polity Press, 1998)

Feminism Confronts Technology
(Polity Press,

Women in Control: Dilemmas of a Workers' Co-operative
(The Open University Press

Wajcman Social Shaping
The Social Shaping of Technology: How the Refrigerator Got Its Hum with Donald MacKenzie
(Open University Press, 1985)


‘Automation: is it really different this time?’, British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 68, No. 1, 2017, pp. 119-127.

'"Anyone can edit”, not everyone does: Wikipedia's infrastructure and the gender gap’
with Heather Ford, Social Studies of Science. ISSN 0306-3127 (Online March 1 2017).

‘Genre, Technologie et Cyberfeminisme’, in M. Maruani (ed) Travail et genre dans le monde. L’etat des savoirs, la Decouverte, 2013, pp. 428-436. 

‘Information and Communication Technology Use and Work-Life Integration’, with Noelle Chesley and Andra Siibak, in R. Burke and D. Major (eds) Handbook of Work-Life Integration of Professionals: Challenges and Opportunities, Elgar, 2013, pp. 245-266.

‘Border Communication: Media Sociology and STS’ with Paul Jones, Media, Culture & Society, Vol. 34, No. 6, 2012, pp. 673-690.

'Constant Connectivity: Rethinking interruptions at work', with Emily Rose, Organization Studies, Vol. 32, No. 7, 2011, pp. 941-962.

'Gender and Work: A Technofeminist Analysis', in E.L. Jeanes, D. Knights and P. Yancey Martin (eds), Handbook of Gender, Work & Organization, Wiley, 2011, pp. 263-275.

'Enacting virtual connections between work and home', with  Emily Rose, Jude Brown and Michael Bittman, Journal of Sociology, Vol. 46, No. 3, 2010, pp. 257-275.

'Further reflections on the sociology of technology and time: a response to Hassan', British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 61, No.2, 2010, pp.375-381.

'Feminist Theories of Technology', Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2010, pp. 143-152.

'Anthony Giddens et l'intimite: La structuration oubliee',  with Lynn Jamieson, in D. Chabaud-Rychter, V. Descountures, A. Devreux and E. Varikas (eds) Sous les sciences sociales, le genre: Relectures critiques de Max Weber a Bruno Latour, Editions La Decouverte, Pairs, 2010, pp. 107-120.

'The Mobile Phone, Perpetual Contact and Time Pressure', with Michael Bittman and Jude Brown, Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2009, pp. 673-691.

'The Cell Phone, Constant Connection and Time Scarcity in Australia', with Michael Bittman and Jude Brown, Social Indicators Research, Vol. 93, No. 1, 2009, pp. 229-233.

'Intimate Connections: The Impact of the Mobile Phone on Work/Life Boundaries' with Michael Bittman and Jude Brown, in G.Goggin and L. Hjorth (eds), Mobile Technologies: From Telecommunications to Media, Routledge, 2008, pp. 9-22.

'Families without Borders: Mobile phones, connectedness and work-home divisions' (PDF) with Michael Bittman and Jude Brown, Sociology , Vol. 42, No.4, 2008, pp. 635-652.

'Technology as a Site of Feminist Politics' in P. Lucht and T. Paulitz (eds) Recodierungen des Wissens. Stand und Perspektiven der Geschlechterforschung in Naturwissenschaften und Technik, Campus Verlag: Frankfurt, 2008, pp. 87-101.

'Life in the fast lane? Towards a sociology of technology and time', British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 59, No.1, 2008, pp. 59-77.

'From Women and Technology to Gendered Technoscience', Information, Communication & Society, Vol.10, No.3, 2007, pp. 287-298.

'The Gender Relations of Software Work in Vietnam', with Le Anh Pham Lobb, Gender, Technology and Development, Vol.11, No.1, 2007, pp. 1-26.

'ICTs and Inequality: Net gains for women?' in R. Mansell, C. Avgerou, D. Quah, and R. Silverstone, (eds), Oxford Handbook of Information and Communication Technologies, OUP, 2007, pp. 581-599.

'New Connections: social studies of science and technology and studies of work', Work, Employment and Society, Vol.20, No.4, 2006, pp. 773-786.

'TechnoCapitalism Meets TechnoFeminism: Women and Technology in a Wireless World', Labour & Industry, Vol.16, No.3, 2006, pp. 7-20.

'The Feminisation of Work in the Information Age?', in M. Frank Fox , D. Johnson and S. Rosser (eds), Women, Gender, and Technology,University of Illinois Press, 2006, pp. 80-97. Reprinted in D. Johnson and J. Wetmore (eds) Technology and Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2008.

'Gender Politics of Technology' in B. Goodin and C. Tilly (eds), Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Studies, OUP, 2006, pp. 707-721.

'Suspending Gender? Reflecting on Innovations in Cyberspace', in H. Nowotny (ed), Cultures of Technology and the Quest for Innovation, Berghahn Books, 2006, pp. 95-110.

'Technology' in P. Beilharz and T. Hogan (eds) Sociology: Place, Time and Division, OUP, 2006, pp. 307-311.

'Gender and Globalization', in S. Restivo (ed), Science, Technology, and Society: An Encyclopedia, OUP, 2005, pp. 141-146.

'Appliances and their Impact: The ownership of domestic technology and time spent on household work', with Michael Bittman and James Rice, British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 55, No. 3, 2004, pp. 401-423.

'Markets, Contingency and Preferences: Contemporary Managers' Narrative Identities', with Bill Martin, The Sociological Review, Vol. 52, No. 2, 2004, pp. 240-264.

'Understanding Class Inequality in Australia', with Bill Martin, in F. Devine and M. Waters (eds), Social Inequalities in Comparative Perspective, Oxford: Blackwell, 2004, pp. 163-190.

'Le Genre au Travail', in J. Laufer, C. Marry and M. Maruani (eds) Le Travail du Genre: Les sciences sociales du travail a l'epreuve des differences de sexe, Paris: Editions La Decouverte, 2003, pp. 151-162. Spanish Edition: 'El genero en el trabajo', in El Trabajo Del Genero, Valencia: Germania, 2005, pp. 191-205.

'La construction mutuelle des techniques et du genre: L'etat des recherches en sociologie', in D. Chabaud-Rychter and D. Gardey (eds), L'Engendrement Des Choses: Des hommes, des femmes et des techniques, Paris: Editions des Archives Contemporaines, 2002, pp. 51-70.

'Narratives of Identity in Modern Management: The Corrosion of Gender Difference?', with Bill Martin, Sociology, Vol. 36, No.4, 2002, pp. 985-1002.

'The "Feminization" of Management: A Study of Corporate Culture', in C. Goldberg and S. Rosenberger (eds), KarriereFrauenKonkurrenz, Vienna: Studien Verlag, 2002, pp. 103-116.

'Addressing Technological Change: The Challenge to Social Theory', Current Sociology, Vol. 50, No. 3, 2002, pp. 347-363.

'Gender in der Technologieforschung', in U. Pasero and A. Gottburgsen (eds), Wie Naturlich Ist Geschlecht?: Gender und die Konstruktion von Natur und Technik, Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 2002, pp. 270-289.

'My Company or My Career: Managerial Achievement and Loyalty', with Bill Martin, British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 52, No. 4, 2001, pp. 559-578.

'A Parallel Universe: The Gender Gap in Corporate Management', in H. Nowotny et al (eds), Jahrbuch 2000: Des Collegium Helveticum Der ETH, Zurich: vdf Hochschulverlag, 2001, pp. 293-304.

'Gender and Technology', International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, NY: Pergamon, 2001, Vol. 9, pp. 5976-9.

'Reflections on Gender and Technology Studies: In What State is the Art?', Social Studies of Science, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2000, pp. 447-464. Reprinted in the Czech Journal of Science, Technology, Society IX(XXII) 3, 2000. Reprinted in R. Fouche (ed), Technology Studies. London: Sage 2008. Reprinted in R. Mansell (ed), Information Society: Critical Concepts in Sociology, London: Routledge, forthcoming 2009.

'The Rush Hour: The Character of Leisure Time and Gender Equity', with Michael Bittman, Social Forces, Vol. 79, No. 1, 2000, pp. 165-189. Reprinted in N. Folbre and M. Bittman (eds) Family Time : The Social Organization of Care. New York: Routledge, 2004, pp. 171-193.

'Feminism Facing Industrial Relations in Britain', British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2000, pp. 183-201. Reprinted in J. Kelly (ed) Industrial Relations: Critical Perspectives, London: Routledge, 2001.

'Managerial and Professional Careers in an Era of Organisational Restructuring', with Bill Martin and Wendy Riemens, Journal of Sociology, Vol. 36, No. 3, 2000, pp. 329-344.



To view Judy Wajcman's keynote on the dilemmas of post-digital labour at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin on 29 January 2015 click here.

To watch Judy Wajcman in conversation with John Naughton at the Oxford Internet Institute on 5 March 2015 click here.

To view a short interview with Judy Wajcman about her book, Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism (University of Chicago Press), click here.

To view Judy Wajcman's public lecture at LSE on 27 November 2014, which launched Pressed for Time: the acceleration of life in digital capitalism click here