Professor Linda McDowell

Professor Linda McDowell CBE, FBA

Emeritus Research Fellow in Human Geography


I am an ethnographer of work and employment with interests in the connections between economic restructuring and divisions of labour in Great Britain, in migration and women’s changing lives, and in feminist theory and methodology. I have completed a range of studies involving interviews. These include research with  bankers in the City of London, with young unskilled men searching for employment, with European migrant women workers in the immediate post World War II period, with South Asian women strikers in the 1970s, as well as recent migrant workers in a London hotel and I am currently part of an EU-funded Horizon 2020 programme on solidarity movements in the EU (2015-2018). From January 2017 I shall be working on a study of young white unskilled men and obstacles to social mobility in England, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Research Fellowship. My most recent book is Migrant Women's Voices, published by Bloomsbury in 2016.

My departmental web site has a full list of my recent publications.

Other Information

I am a fellow of the British Academy where I chair the Research Awards Committee. In 2016 I was appointed CBE in the New Year's Honours lists for services to Geography and Higher Education.