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Prof Susan Pickard MA(Oxon) MSt (Oxon), MA (Manchester) PhD (Bristol)

Professor of Sociology and Interim Head of Department Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology


    Personal Statement

    My research and teaching interests are located within the fields of sociological approaches to ageing, gender, embodiment, health and illness. My research in these areas has been published in a number of high ranking academic journals supported by a number of grants including from Leverhulme, the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness, AHRC and the British Academy. I also have two recent book publications on this subject. The first, a critical textbook for Sage, entitled 'Age Studies: a sociological examination of how we age through the life course', was published in 2016 (for reviews and contents see Age Studies. The other is a monograph entitled: 'Age, Gender and Sexuality through the Life Course: the girl in time' published in 2018 ( I am also editor of a collection for Routledge published August 5th 2019, focusing on health, illness and dis-ease as a lens through which to understand the challenges of the gender regime for women at different ages and stages. It brings together contributions from researchers in Europe, North America, Australia, Europe and the UK from the fields of youth studies, gender studies, social gerontology and medical sociology and is entitled 'Ageing, the Body and the Gender Regime: health, illness and disease across the life course'. (

    My main ongoing project is a monograph that explores Simone de Beauvoir's concept of the 'third sex' in terms of women's ageing through menopause.I hope to have finished this by early 2020.

    I am an associate editor of Ageing and Society.

    Within the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology I am Research Lead. I led the successful School Athena Swan application for a Bronze award which we achieved in October 2018.

    Funded Fellowships

    • International Academic Fellowship (Leverhulme Trust, 2014)