Dr Shelley Budgeon

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Contact details

School of Social Policy
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr. Shelley Budgeon is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology who specializes in gender and feminist theory. Her research concentrates on how various forces of social change impact on the constitution of gender relations and the performance of gendered identities. Her expertise encompasses theories of gendered subjectivity; embodiment; feminist politics; theories of new materialism; gender, postfeminism and neoliberalism; sexuality and personal life; and gendered organizations. Her books include Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Gender in Late Modernity (Palgrave, 2011) and Choosing a Self: Young Women and the Individualization of Identity (Praegar, 2003). She has co-edited a special issue of Current Sociology on “Cultures of Intimacy and Care Beyond ‘The Family’ and has published in a wide range of journals including Sociology, “The Dynamics of Gender Hegemony: Femininities, Masculinities and Social Change” (2013), Sexualities, Body & Society, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Sociological Research Online, and Women’s Studies International Forum. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia Institute for Gender, ‘Race’, Sexuality and Social Justice and at the Monash University Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.


PhD in Sociology, University of Leeds
MA in Sociology, University of British Columbia
BA in Sociology, University of Calgary


Shelley joined the University of Birmingham in 2003 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005. Prior to this appointment she was a Research Fellow in the department of Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Leeds where she was awarded her PhD in Sociology. In 2015 she became Deputy Dean of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences.


Shelley contributes to teaching in Sociology within the following areas:

  • Self and Society
  • Sociology of Personal Life

Postgraduate supervision

Shelley would welcome research students interested in researching the following areas:

  • Equality discourses and practices
  • Gendered organizations
  • Gender relations, identity and ‘new’ feminities
  • Gender and feminism
  • Gender, neoliberalism and politics
  • Postfeminism and gender equality
  • Intimacy sexuality and personal relationships


Research interests

  • The relationship between gender, feminism and social change
  • Postfeminism, neoliberalism and gender inequality
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender and individualisation
  • Gendered subjectivities and identities
  • Sexuality and personal relationships
  • Gender and materialism

Other activities



Budgeon, S. (2018). ‘Sex/Gender and the Social: Feminist Theory’, in Peter Kivisto (ed). Cambridge Handbook of Social Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In press.

Budgeon, S. (2018). ‘The Resonance of Feminism and the Gendered Relations of Austerity’ (forthcoming) Gender, Work and Organisation.

Budgeon, S. (2016). ‘The “Problem” with Single Women: Choice, Accountability and Social Change’, The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 33(3) 401–418.

Budgeon, S. (2015). "Individualised Femininity and Feminist Politics of Choice", European Journal of Women’s Studies, vol. 22(3) 303–318.

Budgeon, S. (2014). “The Dynamics of Gender Hegemony: Femininities, Masculinities and Social Change”, Sociology. vol. 48 (2): 317-334.

Budgeon, S. (2013). “The Contradictions of Successful Femininity: Third Wave Feminism, Postfeminism and ‘New’ Femininities”, in Gill, Rosalind and Scharff, Christina (eds.), New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity.2nd E, pp 279-292. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Budgeon, S. (2011). Third Wave Feminism and the Politics Of Gender in Late Modernity. Basingstoke: Palgrave.  9780230580909.

Budgeon, S. (2003). Choosing a Self: Young Women and the Individualization of Identity. Westport, CT: Praegar Publishing. ISBN 0-275-97637.

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