- Cohen, R.L. (2020). ‘We’re not like that’: Crusader and Maverick Occupational Identity Resistance. Sociological Research Online, 25(1), pp. 136–153. doi:10.1177/1360780419867959.
- Bozkurt, Ö. and Lara Cohen, R. (2019). Repair work as good work: Craft and love in classic car restoration training. Human Relations, 72(6), pp. 1105–1128. doi:10.1177/0018726718786552.
- Cohen, R.L. (2019). Spatio–Temporal Unboundedness: A Feature, Not a Bug, of Self-Employment. American Behavioral Scientist, 63(2), pp. 262–284. doi:10.1177/0002764218794781.
- Cohen, R.L., Hardy, K. and Valdez, Z. (2019). Introduction to the Special Issue: Everyday Self-Employment. American Behavioral Scientist, 63(2), pp. 119–128. doi:10.1177/0002764218794786.
- Cohen, R.L. and Wolkowitz, C. (2018). The Feminization of Body Work. Gender, Work & Organization, 25(1), pp. 42–62. doi:10.1111/gwao.12186.
- Cohen, R.L. (2014). Playing with Numbers: Using Top Trumps as an Ice-Breaker and Introduction to Quantitative Methods. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 6(2), pp. 21–29. doi:10.11120/elss.2014.00030.
- Cohen, R.L. (2013). Femininity, Childhood and the Non-Making of a Sporting Celebrity: The Beth Tweddle Case. Sociological Research Online, 18(3).
- Cohen, R.L., Hughes, C. and Lampard, R. (2011). The methodological impact of feminism: A troubling issue for sociology? Sociology, 45(4), pp. 570–586. doi:10.1177/0038038511406599.
- Cohen, R.L. (2011). Time, space and touch at work: Body work and labour process (re)organisation. Sociology of Health and Illness, 33(2), pp. 189–205. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01306.x.
- Twigg, J., Wolkowitz, C., Cohen, R.L. and Nettleton, S. (2011). Conceptualising body work in health and social care. Sociology of Health and Illness, 33(2), pp. 171–188. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01323.x.
- Hughes, C. and Cohen, R.L. (2010). Feminists really do count: The complexity of feminist methodologies. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 13(3), pp. 189–196. doi:10.1080/13645579.2010.482249.
- Cohen, R.L. (2010). When it pays to be friendly: employment relationships and emotional labour in hairstyling. SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, 58(2), pp. 197–218. doi:10.1111/j.1467-954X.2010.01900.x.
- Cohen, R.L. (2010). Rethinking 'mobile work': Boundaries of space, time and social relation in the working lives of mobile hairstylists. Work, Employment and Society, 24(1), pp. 65–84. doi:10.1177/0950017009353658.
- Cohen, R.L. (2008). Changing Places of Work - By Alan Felstead, Nick Jewson and Sally Walters. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 46(3), pp. 557–559. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8543.2008.00690_2.x.
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Dr Cohen is a Reader in Sociology.
Dr Cohen joined City, University of London in January 2013. She has previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Surrey and the University of Warwick and visiting lecturer at St Petersburg State University. She obtained an MA and then PhD (both in Sociology) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and between 2007and 2010 Dr Cohen was a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Between 2017 and 2020 Dr Cohen was Head of Department of Sociology at City.
Dr Cohen's main interests are in the sociology of work and employment; especially 'non-standard' work, including self-employment, mobile work, and homeworking and in work-life boundaries. Her PhD focused on the working lives and employment relations of hairdressers. Her current research explores similar issues in the working lives of car mechanics and accountants. Her research involves a mixed-methods approach.
Dr Cohen has co-edited a special issue of Sociology of Health and Illness on 'body work' (work which takes the bodies of others as its object), and an issue of The International Journal of Social Research Methodology on feminism and quantitative methods and an issue of American Behavioral Scientist on Everyday Self-Employment. These form part of ongoing collaborative projects. Dr Cohen is interested in and has written about statistical literacy. She has also written on gender and sport.
Dr Cohen is a Convenor of the BSA Study Group on Work, Employment and Economic Life. She is a co-organiser of the 2018 Work, Employment and Society Conference in Belfast. She is Associate Editor of Work in the Global Economy and on the editorial board of the European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology. She was on the editorial board of Work, Employment and Society (2010-2016) and editor of Radical Statistics (2012-2016)
In 2013 Dr Cohen was PI and founding Coordinator of City Q-Step Centre (https://www.city.ac.uk/arts-social-sciences/sociology/city-q-step-centre). In 2017 Eric Harrison took over from her as Coordinator.
Dr Cohen is Senior Elected Senator at City and Vice-President of City UCU. She was a member of UCU National Executive Committee (2016-18).
- Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice, University of Warwick, 2008
- PhD Sociology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States, 1997 – 2005
- MA Sociology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States, 1995 – 1997
- BA Politics and Modern History, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom, 1990 – 1993
- Head of Department of Sociology, City, University of London, Sep 2017 – present
- City Q-Step Centre Coordinator, City, University of London, Sep 2013 – Sep 2017
- Undergraduate Programme Director, City, University of London, May 2013 – Aug 2016
- employment relations and non-standard work (e.g. self-employment, homework and mobile work)
- work-life boundaries
- the times and spaces of work
- occupational labour process variation
- body work'/'body labour'
- worker-customer relations, including 'emotional labour'
- quantitative methods and learning in sociology
- feminist research methods
- mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) research
- gender and sport.
Areas of PhD supervision
Dr Cohen has broad sociological interests and welcome requests to supervise PhDs. Students working in the area of the sociology of work and employment or economic or Marxist sociology are particularly welcome, especially projects which involve non-standard work (e.g. self-employment, mobile work, homeworking, sub-contracting), body work/labour, emotional work/labour, work-life boundaries, the times and spaces of work or the labour process.
Thesis title: A statistical study of the relationship between ethnic diversity and social quality in local areas in England
Thesis title: Representations of Power Relations in Tehran Urban Spaces
Thesis title: Quality of Life Strategy for Camden’s Older Citizens
Thesis title: Doing 'women's work': Gendered discourses in UK higher education administration
Thesis title: Negotiating visible minority ethnic and ‘middle-class’ social identity in the UK
Publications by category
- Wolkowitz, C., Cohen, R., Sanders, T. and Hardy, K. (Eds.), (2013). Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, embodied and sexualised labour. London: Palgrave. ISBN 978-1-137-02190-8.
- Hughes, C. and Cohen, R.L. (Eds.), (2013). Feminism Counts Quantitative Methods and Researching Gender. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-98621-8.
- (2013). Body/Sex/Work. Macmillan Education UK. ISBN 978-1-137-02190-8.
- Twigg, J., Wolkowitz, C., Cohen, R.L. and Nettleton, S. (Eds.), (2011). Body Work in Health and Social Care Critical Themes, New Agendas. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-4443-4584-1.
- Cohen, R. (2015). Towards a quantitative feminist sociology: the possibilities of a methodological oxymoron. In McKie, L. and Ryan, L. (Eds.), An End to the Crisis of Empirical Sociology? Trends and Challenges in Social Research (pp. 117–135). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-82867-4.
- Cohen, R.L., Hardy, K., Sanders, T. and Wolkowitz, C. (2013). The Body/Sex/Work Nexus: A Critical Perspective on Body Work and Sex Work. Body/Sex/Work (pp. 3–27). Macmillan Education UK.
- Sanders, T., Cohen, R.L. and Hardy, K. (2013). Hairdressing/Undressing: Comparing Labour Relations in Self-Employed Body Work. Body/Sex/Work (pp. 110–125). Macmillan Education UK.
- Cohen, R.L. (2008). Work relations and the multiple dimensions of the work-life boundary: Hairstyling at home. In Warhurst, C., Eikhof, D.R. and Haunschild, A. (Eds.), Work less, live more? (pp. 115–135). Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 978-0-230-53560-2.
- Cohen, R.L. Time, Space and Touch at Work: Body Work and Labour Process (Re)Organisation. Body Work in Health and Social Care (pp. 19–35). Wiley-Blackwell.
- Twigg, J., Wolkowitz, C., Cohen, R.L. and Nettleton, S. Conceptualising Body Work in Health and Social Care. Body Work in Health and Social Care (pp. 1–18). Wiley-Blackwell.
- Cohen, R. Types of work and labour. In Gall, G. (Ed.), HANDBOOK ON THE POLITICS OF LABOUR, WORK AND EMPLOYMENT London: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
Journal articles (14)
Editorial activity (3)
- European Journal for Cultural and Political Sociology, Editorial Board Member, 2013 – present.
- Work, Employment and Society, Editorial Board Member, 2010 – present.
- Radical Statistics, Editor.
Online articles (4)
- UK Self-Employment Boom: Why This Labour Market Trend is Worrying. (2014). International Business Times http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/uk-self-employment-boom-why-this-labour-market-trend-worrying-1461006
- Crises in care: compassion and body work. (2015). Discover Society http://www.discoversociety.org/2015/01/03/crises-in-care-compassion-and-body-work/
- #RealBurghley isn’t about Damian Lewis or class war. It’s about our brilliant school. (2016). The Guardian
- CareRooms initiative is another assault on domestic labour. (2017). The Conversation