Dr Shireen Kanji

Senior Lecturer in Work and OrganisationShireen Kanji


  • 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 mixed methods research.

Currently supervising Laura Helbling (University of Basel) and Angele Ellul Fenech.


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

Administrative Responsibilities

MSc Management Programme Leader (Full-Time and Distance Learning)

Most Recent Publications

Kanji, S and Cahusac, E. forthcoming. Who am I?: Mothers’ shifting identities, loss and sensemaking after workplace exit. Human Relations.

Kanji, S and Hupka-Brunner, S. forthcoming, Young women’s strong preference for children and subsequent occupational gender segregation: What is the link? Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

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).

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Kanji, S. 2011. What keeps mothers in full-time employment? European Sociological Review 27 (4) 509-524.

Full Listing of Publications

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.

Policy Reports

Hupka-Brunner, S, Kanji, S and Bergman, M. 2012. Gender differences in the transition from secondary to post-secondary education in Switzerland. Report commissioned by the OECD.

Wang, L., Kanji, S. Bandyopadhyay, S. 2009. The health impact of extreme weather events in Sub-Saharan Africa, World Bank Working Paper 4979.

Poverty in Russia: a critical review, with Jane Falkingham. Report for the Department for International Development, 2000.

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