Rebecca Taylor

Research Fellow

Rebecca joined TSRC in April 2009 and has conducted research across several work streams including service delivery, theory and policy, workforce and workplace, and the Real Times project. Rebecca’s research interests include: paid and unpaid work and conceptualising work; the third sector policy context, organisations and workforce; employment services and activation policy; and the intersection between different fields and forms of work.

Rebecca’s current research is focused on the Real Times project - a longitudinal study of third sector organisations; a qualitative study of the pay and conditions of the third sector’s workforce and the final stages of a study of the third sector’s role in the Work Programme.


A sociologist of work by training, Rebecca spent 7 years at the Policy Studies Institute where she was involved in a wide range of research on work and employment with a particular focus on labour market disadvantage and the experiences of older workers. Her doctoral research was a critical exploration of the concepts of work and voluntary work and involved depth work history interviews with paid and unpaid workers in two voluntary sector organisations. Rebecca also worked on the ESRC funded qualitative longitudinal (QL) study of young people’s transitions to adulthood ‘inventing adulthoods’ at London Southbank University that led to a longstanding interest and involvement in QL research which she has further developed on the ‘Real Times’ project at TSRC.


  • PhD (Sociology) University of Essex
  • MA (Sociology) University of Essex
  • BA (Interdisciplinary Human Studies) University of Bradford