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The Rosemary Crompton Memorial Lecture 2019 - Work in the Digital Age




Professor Jacqueline O'Reilly "Work in the Digital Age"

Respondents: Dr Marisol Sandoval and Professor Sylvia Walby

Chair: Dr Jo Littler
Austerity and the digital transformation of work are two key ongoing factors shaping inequalities in the UK. This lecture briefly looks back at some of the main contributions Rosemary Crompton made to understand gender and class inequalities in the UK and from a comparative European perspective. It will examine how austerity has changed the gendered composition of work in European households. It will also look at how digital technologies are transforming work and what implications these have for new and existing forms of inequality. What do these transformations mean about whose voices are heard in this process, and to what extent is it possible to harness technology for the ‘good of all’?

Professor Jacqueline O’Reilly is Professor of Comparative Human Resource Management at the University of Sussex. Her research focuses on international comparisons of gender and labour market transitions across the life cycle for youth, parents and older workers.

Recent books include the co-edited volumes Work in the Digital Age: Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Rowman and Littlefield 2018); Negotiating Early Job InsecurityWell-being, Scarring and Resilience of European Youth (Edward Elgar 2019); Youth Labor in Transition: Inequalities, Mobility and Policies in Europe (Oxford University Press 2019).

She coordinated a EU FP7 funded large-scale research project STYLE: Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe ( and was a research partner on a Horizon 2020 project, NEGOTIATE ( job insecurity in Europe.


Dr Marisol Sandoval is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department at City, University of London. She is the author of From Corporate to Social Media? (2014) and co-editor of Internet and Surveillance (2012) and Critique, Social media and the Information Society (2013). She is currently researching worker co-operatives in the cultural sector (

Professor Sylvia Walby is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Violence and Society Centre at City, University of London. Her many books include Patriarchy at Work (1986) Globalisation and Inequalites (2009) The Future of Feminism (2011) Crisis (2015) and the co-authored book The Concept and measurement of violence against women and men (2017). She is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts.

The Rosemary Crompton Memorial Lecture Series

Professor Rosemary Crompton was a pioneering sociologist. Her insights into class and gender inequalities produced a large body of work which continue to have resonance today. After Rosemary’s premature death in 2011, the academic community sought to perpetuate her memory by holding an Annual Rosemary Crompton Memorial Lecture. The lecture series is organised around the key themes of her work: gender, class and employment.

The Rosemary Crompton Memorial Lecture Series is a public event and is open to all. However, we do ask attendees to register online.

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We are seeking donations from those who knew or worked with Rosemary to help with the running costs of the event and ensure the future sustainability of the series. Any donated funds will be retained in a dedicated fund to support the Rosemary Crompton Memorial Lecture Series.

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When and where

5.00pm - 6.30pmMonday 13th May 2019

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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