Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Professor Lynn Prince Cooke

Professor of social policy conducting comparative research on group differences in paid and unpaid work, and their impact on family

Lynn Prince Cooke


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Video: Policy and changing families

A research film presented by Professor Lynn Prince Cooke about our research surrounding the changing families and the new household models.


Prior to joining Bath in 2012, I obtained my DPhil in Sociology from the University of Oxford (2004), followed by a postdoctoral position at the University of Queensland (Australia), and then academic posts at the universities of Kent and Surrey. I have also been a visiting researcher at the European University Institute, University of Bielefeld, Rostock University, the University of Washington, Yale University, and the DIW/Berlin.

My research uses large-scale national datasets to explore how labour markets and social transfers structure economic inequalities among women and men, as well as between them.  I am also interested in life course research, such as the impact of household divisions of labour on divorce risk.  I am currently pursuing these interests under a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (680958, 2016-2021) for the NEWFAMSTRAT project.

My research has thrice been short-listed for a Rosebeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research (2006, 2010, 2013), with past funders including the British Academy, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst-Wandel durch Austausch (DAAD), the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission (IRISS), the Leverhulme Trust, and others.

Externally, I serve as a reviewer for international excellence initiatives and on the editorial boards of European Sociological Review, Gender & Society, and Journal of Marriage and Family. I have been a consulting editor for American Journal of Sociology. Internally, I am the  Head of Group for Social Policy and Sociology, and serve on the University Research Committee.

Research interests

  • Gender-class intersections of accumulated economic (dis)advantage
  • Relationship transitions
  • International comparative research
  • Quantitative analyses of secondary data
  • Intergenerational inequalities


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