Professor Sarah Ashwin

Professor Sarah Ashwin

Professor of Comparative Employment Relations and Deputy Head of Department (Teaching and Learning)

Department of Management

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Room No
NAB 4.19
Key Expertise
Labour, Gender, CSR, International labour standards

About me

Sarah graduated from Oxford with first class honours in history, before taking an MSc in Russian government and politics at LSE. Her doctoral research in Sociology, supervised by Professor Simon Clarke at Warwick, examined workers' organisation during Russia's transformation in the 1990s.  Many of her subsequent publications focused on Russian workers’ responses to economic collapse and the attempts of Russian trade unions to adapt to their new environment.

Her interest in the experiences of women workers led her to develop a second theme of research focused on the (post) Soviet gender order and its consequences for women's employment and the gender division of domestic labour.

Sarah continues to research these themes, developing different aspects of gender theory by interrogating Russia’s stalled gender revolution. This research has been published in Gender & Society and Journal of Marriage and Family.   Two of these articles have been nominated for the prestigious Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research in 2015 and 2019.  Sarah was delighted to join the editorial board of Gender & Society in January 2019.

The latest stream of Sarah’s research focuses on the governance of global supply chains in the garment industry. As part of an international research team she is currently working on papers examining the emergence of transnational industrial relations arrangements, as well as global labour governance via corporate social responsibility within the firm and multi-stakeholder initiatives beyond it.  A report on finding to date can be found here.

Employment Relations and Human Resource Management Faculty Research Group 

Expertise Details

Labour Conflict; Gender; Trade Unions; Employment; Corporate Social Responsibility; International Labour Standards

My research