Susan Halford

Professor of Sociology, University of Southampton

Susan Halford’s research explores the changing nature of work and organisations, with a focus on new information and communication technologies at work. She has particular interests in gender and diversity at work, careers, work identities, organisational space and healthcare. 

Susan has a TSRC project with Dr Pauline Leonard ‘Organising the Third Sector: working lives and organisational challenges’.

Research interests:

  • The motivations and work identities of third sector workers (including volunteers and paid staff)
  • Career trajectories within the third sector and across sectors
  • Organisational forms and practices in the third sector
  • Social networking between third sector staff and organisations
  • Using ethnographic, visual, and narrative methods for analysing the third sector
  • Cross-disciplinary work, within social sciences and between social and natural sciences
  • Theoretical and conceptual understandings of work in the 21st century.


Professor Halford has over twenty years of experience of academic work in Geography and Social Policy. She is currently Head of Teaching Programmes for Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton. She is an elected Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Professor Halford is a former elected member of the British Sociological Association Executive Committee, and former co-chair of the BSA Publications Committee. She is an Associate Editor of the Editorial Board of Gender, Work and Organisation and has recently co-edited a special issue of the BSA journal Sociology ‘Re-thinking Sociologies of Work: past, present and future’.