Dr Clare Stovell

BA (UCL) MSc (Oxon)

Lecturer in Sociology

Oxford Brookes Business School

Clare Stovell


I have been a Lecturer in Sociology at Oxford Brookes since January 2019, having previously joined the department as an Associate Lecturer in 2017. My research interests lie in the areas of work and family, fatherhood and masculinities, motherhood, gender, and work life balance.

My ESRC-funded PhD at Lancaster University Management School looks at the process by which couples negotiate the division of paid work and childcare at the transition to parenthood. I have a first-class degree in French and Italian from University College London and an MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford. As well as academic roles, I have also worked in the charity sector and as a Social Researcher for the Department for Work and Pensions.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

I am the Module Leader on:

  • Researching the Social World SOCI4003
  • Gender & Society SOCI5006 
  • The Sociology of Emotions SOCI6010 
  • Sociology Dissertation SOCI6008 

I have also taught on:

  • Social Differences and Divisions SOCI4001 
  • Foundations of Social Theory SOCI4002 


Clare is currently coordinating Oxford Brookes' contribution to the EU-funded RESISTIRE project, which draws together ten European partners and a wider network of researchers to analyse the impact of COVID-19 policies on gendered inequalities. She is also involved in GEARING roles, another European project seeking to implement gender equality plans in research institutions.

Alongside this, she is leading research with collaborators in the Netherlands and Australia that challenges common conceptualisations of employment status and part-time work. In the past, she has also collaborated on research looking at work-life balance in the creative industries; fathering practices in the UK; the division of domestic labour; and welfare support for older jobseekers.



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

I am an active contributor to the Government Equalities Office's Workplace and Gender Equality research network, and have presented my research on parental leave decision making to key stakeholders in BEIS, DWP and the GEO.