My research focus is on inequality in the workplace and in the home.
I am particularly interested in gender inequality, working hours of men and women, the work-family interface, career choices, and wellbeing. My research is situated where gender, work and social inequality interesect.
Parents’ experiences at work. My research has examined, firstly, women’s participation and exit from work. Secondly, male breadwinners' working hours preferences and actual hours of work. Thirdly, the impact that the care grandparents provide to grandchildren has on the labour force participation of mothers in the UK.
Occupations. I have studied the occupational aspirations of younger workers in relation to the gender mix of occupations and the long-lasting impact of precarious work on the wellbeing of younger workers in Germany. Research on occupations and inequality is based on women scientists in the pharmaceutical industry in Switzerland and women’s changing occupational status in China.
Current research. The differential positioning of men and women in self-employment. The exploration of the working hours and paid work participation of older men and women in Europe. The mental load of organising work and care.
My work has been widely reported in national and international media in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Wirtschaftswoche, Time Magazine, The Daily Express, ITV News and BBC News. I have appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and on the BBC World Service.
I have undertaken consultancy work for international organisations. For example I was involved in an OECD project on how the school to work transition in Switzerland is gendered, an Asian Development Bank research project on women’s changing occupational status in China and several DFID projects on poverty in Russia.
I was a member of the editorial team of Work, Employment and Society from 2010-2013.
I joined Brunel Business School in 2019, having previously held posts at the University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Basel University and the University of Cambridge. I have taught courses on Leadership, Human Resource Management, Statistical Modelling, Research Methods, International Human Resource Management and Gender and Employment
Prior to working in academia, I had a career in international finance
Newest selected publications
Carmichael, F., Darko, C. and Kanji, S. (2021) 'Wage effects of educational mismatch and job search in Ghana and Kenya'. Education Economics, 29 (4). pp. 1 - 38. ISSN: 0964-5292 Open Access Link
Samuel, R. and Kanji, S. (2019) 'Valuing creativity, feeling overworked and working hours: Male workers and the New Spirit of Capitalism'. Time and Society, 29 (1). pp. 51 - 73. ISSN: 0961-463X Open Access Link
Moor, L. and Kanji, S. (2018) 'Money and relationships online: communication and norm formation in women’s discussions of couple resource allocation'. British Journal of Sociology, 70 (3). pp. 948 - 968. ISSN: 0007-1315 Open Access Link
Kanji, S. (2017) 'Grandparent Care: A Key Factor in Mothers' Labour Force Participation in the UK'. Journal of Social Policy, 47 (3). pp. 523 - 542. ISSN: 0047-2794 Open Access Link
Helbling, L. and Kanji, S. (2017) 'Job Insecurity: Differential Effects of Subjective and Objective Measures on Life Satisfaction Trajectories of Workers Aged 27–30 in Germany'. Social Indicators Research, 137 (3). pp. 1145 - 1162. ISSN: 0303-8300 Open Access Link