Dr Martina Klett-Davies

Dr Martina Klett-Davies

Guest Teacher

Department of Sociology

English, German
Key Expertise
Gender and Social Inequalities

About me

Martina Klett-Davies is a Guest Teacher in the Sociology Department where she teaches on the ‘Work, Inequality and Society’ undergraduate course. She is also the Course Convenor of the ‘Gender and Geography’ course at the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE and a Tutor for Social Sciences at King’s College London.

Martina is the 2017 winner of the Class Teacher Award in the Department of Sociology and has been highly commended in the category of Feedback and Communication for the Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2017. She obtained her PhD from the LSE in 2002 on the topic of lone motherhood and late modernity and has since worked as a guest lecturer and researcher at the LSE, the Family and Parenting Institute (FPI) and The Open University.

Martina’s principal research interest concerns gender and social inequalities, particularly within the context of work, family lives and relationships. Her two most recent research projects explored the meanings and experiences of long-term couple relationships and the positioning of single parenthood in Britain.

Currently, Martina is researching how lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender people from different socio-economic backgrounds experience homo- and transphobia in six small and medium sized cities across Europe.


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Selected Publications


Klett-Davies M. (ed.) (2010) Is parenting a class issue?, Family & Parenting Institute, London, 100 pages, ISBN 9781903615881

Klett-Davies M. (ed.) (2008) Putting sibling relationships on the map: A multidisciplinary perspective, Family & Parenting Institute, London, 111 pages, ISBN 9781903615676

Klett-Davies M. (2007) Going it alone? Lone motherhood in late modernity, Ashgate, Aldershot, 176 pages, ISBN 9780754643883 (2012 edition)


Klett-Davies M. & Skaliotis E. (2009) Mothers, childcare and the work-life balance, in: Hunt S. (ed.) Family Trends – British families since the 1950s, Family & Parenting Institute, London, pp.40-74, ISBN 9781903615843

Klett-Davies M. (1997) Single mothers in Germany: supported mothers who work in: Duncan S. & Edwards R. (eds.) Single mothers in international contexts: Mothers or Workers?, Routledge, London, pp.179-216, ISBN 9781857287912

Journal articles

Klett-Davies, M. (2019) Les formes de la peur en ville : LGBTphobie et défiance des quartiers urbains, Droit et cultures, 77, 107-128, http://journals.openedition.org/droitcultures/5239

Klett-Davies M. (2012) A critical analysis of family and relationship policies in England and Wales (1997-2011), Families, Relationship & Societies (1) 1, pp.121-131, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674312X633207

Klett-Davies M. (2005) The Diversity of State Benefit Dependent Lone Mothers: the Use of Type Categories as an Analytical Tool, Sociological Research Online (10), 1, https://doi.org/10.5153/sro.1049

Official Research Reports

Chant S.; Klett-Davies M. & J. Ramalho (2017) Challenges and potential solutions for adolescent girls in urban settings: a rapid evidence review, Overseas Development Institute, London, 47 pages, DOI: 10.21953/LSE.DNZ25B5X37R8

Klett-Davies M. (2016) Unter Druck? Alleinerziehende im Vereinigten Koenigreich, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh, 48 pages, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3983.0004

Klett-Davies M. (2016) Under Pressure? Single parents in the UK, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh, 138 pages, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3706.0722

Klett-Davies M. (2016) Under Pressure? Single parents in the UK, executive summary, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh, 31 pages, http://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/en/publications/publication/did/under-pressure-executive-summary/

Gabb J., Klett-Davies M., Fink J. & Thomae, M. (2014) Enduring Love? Couple Relationships in the 21st Century, Survey Findings Report, The Open University, Milton Keynes, ISBN 9781780079516, 96 pages, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4033.7523

Hunt S., Virgo S., Klett-Davies M., Page A. & Apps J. (2011) Provider Influence on the Home Learning Environment (Part 1 & Part 2), Family & Parenting Institute, London, ISBN 9781847759580 (Part 1), 73 pages and ISBN 9781847759597 (Part 2), 87 pages

Klett-Davies M., Skaliotis E. & Wollny I. (2008) Mapping and Analysis of Parenting Services in England, Family & Parenting Institute, London, ISBN 9781903615737, 120 pages

Thomas H. & Klett-Davies M. (1995) Equal Pay for Equal Parts: A Survey of (Men and Women) Actors in the Theatre and the electronic Media, Goldsmiths' College, University of London, ISBN 9780901542847, 66 pages