Dr Shireen Kanji

Associate Professor in Work and OrganisationShireen Kanji

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0) 116 294 4688
  • Email: sk543@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 022, Ground Floor, Fielding Johnson Building
  • Office Hours: TBC


Shireen joined the School of Management in 2013 from the University of Basel in Switzerland. Previously she worked for seven years as a Lecturer and Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She obtained a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics. Prior to working in academia, Shireen had a career in international finance.

Research Interests

Precarious work
Low wage work in Europe
Working time
Occupational gender segregation
The links between work and family, production and reproduction
How parenthood affects men and women’s paid and unpaid work
Dual-earner couples

PhD Supervision

Students with interests in any of the above areas of research are welcome to discuss their research ideas. Shireen has particular expertise in quantitative methods, and within qualitative research in narrative methods.

Currently supervising Laura Helbling (University of Basel), Angele Ellul Fenech, Mable Sikanyiti and Jan Pool  (School of Management, University of Leicester).


Shireen has taught a wide range of topics in statistics, research methods, international human resource management, work and organisation.

Administrative Responsibilities

MSc Human Resource Management Programme Leader (Full-Time)

Most Recent Publications

Kanji, S., & Samuel, R. 2015. Male breadwinning revisited: how specialisation, gender role attitudes and work characteristics affect overwork and underwork in Europe. Sociology, doi: 10.1177/0038038515596895

Kanji, S and Cahusac, E. 2015. Who am I?: Mothers’ shifting identities, loss and sensemaking after workplace exit. Human Relations doi: 10.1177/0018726714557336.

Kanji, S and Hupka-Brunner, S. 2014, Young women’s strong preference for children and subsequent occupational gender segregation: What is the link? Equality, Diversity and Inclusion http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/EDI-05-2014-0041

Schwiter, Karin, Hupka-Brunner, Sandra, Wehner, Nina, Huber, Evéline, Kanji, Shireen Maihofer, Andrea, Bergman Max (2014) Warum sind Pflegefachmänner und Elektrikerinnen nach wie vor selten? Geschlechtersegregation in Ausbildungs- und Berufsverläufen junger Erwachsener in der Schweiz. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 40(3). Winner of the 2015 Committee on Research in Education Prize Article (PDF, 315 Kb)

Kanji, S and Schober, P. 2014. Are couples with young children more likely to split up when the mother is the main or an equal earner? Sociology, 21(1) 57-70. DOI: 10.1177/0038038512467710

Cahusac, E and Kanji, S. 2014. Giving up: how gendered organisational cultures push mothers out.. Gender, Work and Organization, 24(1) 57-70. DOI: 10.1111/gwao.12011

Kanji, S. 2013. Do fathers work fewer paid hours when their female partner is the main or an equal earner? Work, Employment and Society. 27(2): 326-342. doi: 10.1177/0950017012460321

Kanji, S. 2012. What stops lone mothers from working? Insights from the UK’s Millennium Cohort Study, pp 129-152, In The Costs of Children: Parenting and Democracy in Contemporary Europe edited by David G. Mayes and Mark Thomson. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. DOI:10.1080/1354570042000217775

Bandyopadhyay, S., Kanji, S., Wang, L. 2011. The impact of rainfall and temperature variation on the prevalence of diarrhea in sub-Saharan Africa, in: Applied Geography 33, S. 63-72. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.07.017

Kanji, S. 2011. What keeps mothers in full-time employment? European Sociological Review 27 (4) 509-524. doi: 10.1093/esr/jcq022

Kanji, S. 2010. Labor force participation, regional location and economic well-being of single mothers in Russia. Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Kanji, S, 2009. Age group conflict or co-operation: children and pensioners in Russia? International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.

Kanji, S. 2004. The route matters: poverty and inequality in lone mother households in Russia, Feminist Economics 10(2).

Reprinted in Albelda, R., Himmelweit, S., and Humphreys, J (2005) Dilemmas of Lone Motherhood.

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