Professor Judy Wajcman

Professor Judy Wajcman


Department of Sociology

Room No
STC S203
Key Expertise
Work, Employment, Science, Technology, Gender

About me

Professor Judy Wajcman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the LSE. Until 2022, she held the Anthony Giddens Chair in Sociology. She is a Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute, where she leads the Women in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence research project. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute and is a member of the AI100 Standing Committee.

Prior to joining LSE in 2009, she was the 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 LSE, a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Women in Business at London Business School. In 2017-18 she held a Mellon Foundation fellowship with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, focusing on the politics of artificial intelligence.

Professor Wajcman's scholarly interests encompass the sociology of work and employment, science and technology studies, gender theory, temporality, and organisational analysis. Her work has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. She has been President of the Society for Social Studies of Science (2009-2011).

Professor Wajcman is a Fellow of the British Academy. She has an honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva. She is the recipient of the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award of the American Sociological Association (2013). In 2018, she received the Oxford Internet Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award ‘in recognition of her contributions to the field of the social study of science and technology’. In 2021, she was awarded the John Desmond Bernal Prize by the Society for the Social Studies of Science.

Latest books           

The Sociology of Speed: Digital, Organisational and Social Temporalities. (OUP, 2017)

Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism(Chicago Press, 2015)
Winner of the the 2017 Ludwik Fleck Prize of the Society for Social Studies of Science.

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Judy Wajcman - Expeditions

Oxford Internet Institute Awards 2018 – Judy Wajcman In Conversation

Time Poverty amidst Digital Abundance – Judy Wajcman at The Interval at Long Now, San Francisco (2018)

Gearty Grilling: Judy Wajcman on the impact of digital technology (2015)


Selected Publications      

‘Feminism Confronts AI: The Gender Relations of Digitalisation’ with Erin Young, in Feminist AI: critical perspectives on data, algorithms and intelligent machines, J. Browne, S. Cave, E. Drage, and K. McInerny (eds.), OUP, 2023, pp. 47-64.

‘Mind the gender gap: Inequalities in the emergent professions of artificial intelligence (AI) and data science’ with E. Young and L. Sprejer, New Technology, Work and Employment, online 27 August, 2023.

Optimizing Temporal Capital: How Big Tech Imagines Time as Auditable’, with Ingrid Erickson, American Behavioral Scientist, online October 17 2022.

 ‘Technology and Time’, in D. Rohlinger and S. Sobieraj (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Digital Media, OUP, 2022, pp. 9-26.

‘The Digital Revolution: Implications for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights 25 Years after Beijing’, No. 36, August 2020. UN Women Discussion paper.

‘How Silicon Valley sets Time’, New Media & Society, Vol. 21(6), 2019, pp. 1272-1289.

‘The Digital Architecture of Time Management’, Science, Technology, & Human Values, Vol. 44, No. 2, 2019, pp. 315-337.

‘“Fitter, Happier, More Productive”: Optimising time with technology’, in V. King, B. Gerisch, and H. Rosa (eds) Lost in Perfection: The impacts of optimisation on culture and psyche, Routledge, 2018.

 ‘Digital technology, work extension and the acceleration society’, German Journal of Human Resource Management, published online May 8, 2018.

 ‘Humanoid robots and the promise of an easier life’, in B. Russell (ed) Robots: The 500-year quest to make machines human, Science Museum Group Publishing, 2017, pp. 102-115.

'"Anyone can edit”, not everyone does: Wikipedia's infrastructure and the gender gap’ with Heather Ford, Social Studies of Science, Vol. 47, No. 4, 2017, pp. 511-527.

'Have mobile devices changed working patterns in the 21st century? A time-diary analysis of work extension in the UK' with Killian Mullan, Work, Employment and Society, pp. 1-18, published online October 26, 2017.

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

‘Speaking Out Against Socially Destructive Technologies: Norbert Wiener and the call for ethical engagement’, with Katina Michael and Heather Love, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2017, pp. 13-26.

‘Zeit finden im digitalen Zeitalter’, in F. Klopotek and P. Scheiffele (eds) Zonen der Selbstoptimierung, Matthes & Seitz: Berlin, 2016, pp. 104-121.

‘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.

Expertise Details

Work; Employment; Science; Technology; Gender