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Lynne Pettinger


Associate Professor of Sociology



Room: E0.15

Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 73419


Dr Lynne Pettinger researches work and markets, and is particularly interested in environment, technology ethics, aesthetics and emotion. She joined the University of Warwick in Jan 2014. Prior to that, she was senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Essex, and before that held a post-doctoral fellowship at City University.

Lynne has Long Covid, and so currently works part time (monday, wednesday and friday).

Research Interests

Her research explores the intersections of work and markets, using the insights of economic sociology to make sense of forms of work. It explores how market cultures are generated, and how ethics, aesthetics and emotions are worked on in global consumer capitalism. She has developed these themes in projects on sales work, sex work and music work, and these ideas form the basis of Work, Consumption and Capitalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

In 2019, she published What's Wrong With Work (Policy Press). This book argues that we need to ask different kinds of questions about what work is like if we are to understand how work is changing in the face of environmental, technological and economic crises. Read more hereLink opens in a new window, or listen to a podcast here.

Lynne has four current projects:
  • Green Work (funded by the British Academy). This considers how ‘green collar’ workers bring eco-ethical principles and practices to market.
  • Burnout, fatigue and effort. This project explores exhaustion, irritability and tiredness in work.
  • Information as Regulatory Device. (funded by West Essex CCG). This project studies the impact of the new regulatory framework on care and work practices in the NHS. Looking at the implications for patients and medics of the informational requirements and consider the limits of a new technological infrastructure.
  • Software as supply chain. This project explores the work that software does, and how software is made.



PhD Supervision

Please get in touch if you have a proposal that makes reference to any of the themes described above.

Current students

  • Somia Bibi (with Goldie Osuri). A Cross Cultural Analysis of Postcolonial Whiteness at the Intersection of Race, Beauty & Skin Colour. (ESRC funded)
  • Yu Chen Chang. Time, Boundaries, and Care Regimes: Toward the Politics and Policy on Gender Equality. (Taiwan government funded)
  • asher Rospigliosi-Pallavicini (with David Wright). Creative industry graduates use of social media in career development. (University of Brighton funded)
  • Sophie Wootton (with Nick Gane). An ethnography of Dudley. (ESRC funded)
  • Emily Pickthall (with Cath Lambert). A live sociology of Sex Work. (ESRC funded)
  • Serena Zanzu (with Maria Puig de la Bellacasa). Humans, soil and microbes. (ESRC funded)
  • Katherine Quinn (with Cath Lambert) Integrated knowledges, integrated publics? Classificatory practices, boundary crossings, and public space at the Hive, Worcester. (ESRC funded)
  • Tingli Liu (with Caroline Wright). Love and marriage for ‘leftover’ women: Representations and readings in Chinese media.
  • Heather Griffiths (with Clare Lyonette). Work-Life Balance in Finance Organisations (ESRC funded)
  • Thore Behrens (with Nick Gane). Ordoliberalism and the Banking Crisis. (ESRC funded)
  • Richard Davis ‘Internet technologies in the home’. EPSRC/BT CASE studentship.
  • Antoinette Saint Hilaire ‘SEEMORE and the intersections of Race, Gender and Class: Towards a relational theory of unequal access to career-related support capital'.
  • James Scott ‘Class Clues: Felt Hierachies of Class in Two Essex Districts’. (ESRC funded).
  • Mushabbab Al-Qatani ‘The impact of family socialisation on juvenile delinquency in Saudi Arabia’. 2005-2009. With Dr Jackie Turton and Professor Nigel South.
  • Andreas Pöllmann ‘Berlin and London Headteachers' Attachment to Country and Europe: A Challenge to the Apparency of Cross-National Difference’. ESRC funded.