Dr Katharine Venter

Dr Katharine VenterAssociate Professor in Sociology

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5956
  • Email: k.venter@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 601B, Level 6, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office hours: TBC

Personal details

I joined the Centre for Labour Market Studies in 1991. I have a BSc in Sociology and PhD in Sociology from the University of Leicester.

Administrative responsibilities

  • MSc Market Leader
  • Member of CLMS Technologies Team


Venter, K. (2011) ‘Fathers ‘Care’ Too: The impact of family relationships on the experience of work for parents of disabled children', Sociological Research Online 16(3): http://www.socresonline.org.uk/16/3/1.html

Abusidalaghoul, V., Goodwin, J., James, N., Rainnie, A., Venter, K . and White, M. (2009) ‘Sitting on a wall in Northumberland crying: The realities of semi-structured interviews’, in Townsend, K. and Burgess, J. (eds.) (2009) Method in the Madness? Research Stories You Won't Find in a Textbook. Oxford: Chandos.

Venter, K. and Sung, J. (2009) ‘Do Skills Matter? A Literature Review on Skills and Workforce Development in the Third Sector’, Literature Review Report commissioned by Skills Third Sector.

Full listing of publications


My principal research interests revolve around issues of gender, employment and work/life interconnections. I'm also interested in the cultural context of work and of learning, (including experiences of both formal education and workplace learning). My current research explores a range of these issues in the context of the non-profit and voluntary sector.


I'd be interested in supervising PhD study in the following areas:

  • Gender, careers and work-life balance
  • Parenting of chronically ill and disabled children
  • Parent carers in the labour market
  • Learning and skills development in the third sector
  • Learning and skills in Chinese enterprises
  • The implications of national culture for learning and for employment practices

Students and topics supervised so far:

  • Pansy Lam – Culture and Distance Learning in Hong Kong
  • Andrea Theurmer-Leung - The Importance of ‘Guanxi’ for Management Practices and Recent Changes in China
  • Carole Hogan - How Managers Learn in Work
  • Linda Holland – The Development of Professional Services in Nineteenth Century County Towns: A Case Study of the County Town of Stafford
  • Current supervision topics:
  • Eimer Sparham - Work-Life Balance of Women Breadwinners
  • Helen Kwan - The Impact of Culture on Learning in China: an empirical study on a group of Chinese post-graduate students and their parents in Beijing, China
  • Mike Newnham - Comparing the Experience of Emotional Labour between Hotel Workers in the Philippines and Australia, and Implications for Human Resource Development
  • Alexandra Kaoni - The Impact of Lifelong Learning on Women’s Life and Work
  • Dale Sheptak - An Ethnographic Study on the Role of Training on Volunteer Workers’ Job Satisfaction in the Sport Industry

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