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Caroline Wright

Caroline Wright 

Associate Professor, Sociology

Senior Exam Secretary (from mid-March 2020 only)


Tel: 44(0)2476 524842

Room: D0.18 (Social Sciences)

Advice and Feedback (Spring Term)
Not available - on career break until 16 March 2020.

Introductory Dissertation Workshop:

8 May 2019

Module Talks:

Transformations: Gender, Reproduction and Parenting in Contemporary Society

International Perspectives on Gender

Gender, Imperialism and International Development 

Student Module Evaluations:

SO231 Transformations

SO112 Intl Perspectives on Gender

SO301 Dissertation


I joined the Department in 2002 after several years in the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at Warwick. My BA in Sociology and Economics is from Durham University, my PhD in Politics/Development Studies is from Leeds and I have also taught at the Universities of Manchester and Hull. My teaching and research interests are in gender studies, including gender and development and gender and reproduction, and my most recent work is on fair trade / ethical consumption.


In 2019-20 I will not be teaching in the Autumn and Spring terms as I will be taking a career break (unpaid). I will return before the Summer term and be involved in marking, MA Dissertation supervision and as Senior Exam Officer for Sociology, as well as PhD supervision.

Normally I teach my first-year undergraduate module International Perspectives on Gender, my second-year undergraduate module Transformations: Gender, Reproduction and Parenting in Contemporary Society and the MA module Gender, Imperialism and International Development. I have also convened the final year Dissertation module across the academic year. See my Module Talks and Student Module Evaluation data on the LHS menu.

Caroline's earlier teaching


In 2018-19 I am the Senior Exam Officer for Undergraduate Students, but only from mid-March 2020. My previous administration includes being convenor of the MA Gender and International Development, convenor of the Undergraduate Dissertation and URSS departmental co-ordinator.

Doctoral Supervision

To date I have co-supervised 15 PhDs to successful completion, with no referrals.

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Research Interests

My research originated in gender and development / gender and migration, with a PhD on gender and migration in Lesotho, Southern Africa that looked particularly at female singlehood in urban space (University of Leeds, 1994). Articles based on this research have been published in Review of Southern African Studies; Development and Change and Indian Journal of Gender Studies. My interest in household forms and their relationship to the state was then pursued in a UK context via the edited collection Changing Family Values (Routledge, 1999). Following our role as lead organisers of the Women's Studies Network (UK) conference, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at Warwick in July 1999, Joanna Liddle and I edited a special double issue of Women's Studies International Forum as a conference volume. This proposed an analytical framework of materialist discursive feminism, seeking to synthesis feminist approaches which synthesise materiality and those which privilege culture. My more recent work on fair/ethical trade has pursued this concern to link the material and the cultural in empirical analysis. An article in Journal of International Development (2004, 16:5) offers one of the first analyses of fair-trade advertising, drawing on debates in the sociology of consumption to ask what happens when Cafedirect coffee is marketed precisely to draw attention to the social relations underpinning its production and exchange. A joint-authored article in the BSA journal Cultural Sociology (2007, 1:2) applies Nancy Fraser's twin conceptualisation of (in)justice, economic and cultural, to the struggle for ethical trade in Colombia's cut-flower industry. A chapter on fair-trade food, which analyses its production and consumption both in the context of globalisation and within a tradition of theorising food as both material and symbolic good, is in the collection Food and Globalization (2010, Berg, edited by Inglis and Gimlin).

In 2010 I decided to prioritise my teaching and administrative activities and changed my contract accordingly, so my research activities have lessened considerably.

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Recent Publications

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