Dr Shelley Budgeon

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Senior Lecturer

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 analyses the impact of various forces of social change on the constitution of gender relations and the performance of gendered identities. Her expertise encompasses theories of gendered subjectivity; feminist politics; gender, postfeminism and neoliberalism; sexuality and personal life; embodiment; theories of new materialism; and the structure of 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 Gender, Work and Organisation, Sociology, 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. From 2015-2019 she held the position of Deputy Dean of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences.


Shelley contributes to teaching in Sociology within the following areas:

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Sociology of Personal Life

Postgraduate supervision

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

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


Research interests

  • The relationship between gender, feminism and social change
  • Gender backlash and emerging anti-gender ideology
  • 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. (2020). ‘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’ Gender, Work and Organisation, early view 20 November DOI: 10.1111/gwao.12315

Rogan, F. and Budgeon, S. (2018). The Personal is Political: Assessing Feminist Fundamentals in the Digital Age Social Sciences, vol. 7 (132): 1-19. 

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. DOI: 10.1177/0265407515607647

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. (2008)’ Couple Culture and the Production of Singleness’. Sexualities, vol. 11(3): 301–325. DOI: 10.1177/1363460708089422

Roseneil, S. and Budgeon, S. (2004) ‘Cultures of Intimacy and Care beyond ‘the Family’: Personal Life and Social Change in the Early 21st Century’, Current Sociology, vol 52 (2): 135-159. 

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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