Oriel Sullivan

Professor of Sociology of Gender and Co-Director, Centre for Time Use Research

Degree: BA, MSc, PhD

College: St Hugh's College

Research Areas: Time Use, Gender Practices in Household, Cultural Consumption.

Member of

Member of Research Streams

  • Research methods
  • Gender, family and households

Email: Oriel Sullivan

Tel.: 01865 284466

Areas of supervision

I have supervised doctoral and masters student research on topics relating to gender inequalities in work/family balance and the domestic division of labour. I am particularly interested in supervising students with an interest in time use research.

Current teaching

Sociology of Gender, MSc Option Course

Current D.Phil Students

  • Marte Bakkeng Bergen. Title: The Role of Parenthood in Reproducing Gender Differences in Paid and Unpaid Work
  • Sarah Masson.  Title: Unemployed men and breadwinner women: masculinities and femininities in times of mass unemployment in the UK
  • Giacomo Vagni.  Title: Family Time, Conjugal Time and Time With Others in Post-Industrial Societies

Recent internal and external examining

  • Marta Seiz, Pompau Fabra University
  • Pablo Garcia, PhD., Pompeu Fabra University, 2012
  • Jennifer Whillans, PhD. University of Manchester, 2012
  • Evrim Altintas, DPhil., Oxford University, 2012

Authored Books

O. Sullivan 2006. Changing Gender Relations, Changing Families: Tracing the Pace of Change. New York: Rowman and Littlefield (Gender Lens Series), pp. 141

D.R. Rose and O. Sullivan. 1993. Introducing Data Analysis for Social Scientists. Buckingham: Open University Press, pp. 224(2nd edition 1996)

Refereed articles in academic journals (this century!)

O. Sullivan, F.C. Billari and E. Altintas.‘Father's changing contributions to child care and domestic work in very low fertility countries: The effect of education’ Journal of Family Issues 35/8:1048-1065

J. Gershuny and O. Sullivan 'Household structure and housework: assessing the contributions of all household members, with a focus on children and youths'Review of Economics of the Household, Issues 12/1: 7-27 (Invited article for special issue: ‘Economics of Time Use’)

O. Sullivan and J. Gershuny 2013. 'Domestic employment and multitasking: How much do they really contribute?' Social Science Research 42: 1311–1324

O. Sullivan 2013.'What do we learn about gender by separating housework from child care? Some considerations from time use evidence' Journal of Family Theory and Review (Special issue: 'Why study Housework?') 5/2:72-84

O. Sullivan 2011. 'An end to gender deviance neutralization through housework? A review and reassessment of the quantitative literature using insights from the qualitative literature' Journal of Family Theory and Review 3/1, 1-13

O. Sullivan 2011. 'Gender deviance neutralization through housework - where does it fit in the bigger picture?: Response to England, Kluwer and Risman' Journal of Family Theory and Review 3/1, 27-31

M. Y. Kan, O. Sullivan and J. Gershuny 2011. 'Gender convergence in domestic work: Discerning the effect of interactional and institutional barriers from large-scale data' Sociology 45/2, 234 - 251

O. Sullivan 2010. 'Changing differences by educational attainment in fathers' domestic labour and child care' Sociology 44/4, 716–733

T. Katz-Gerro and O. Sullivan 2010.'Voracious cultural consumption: the intertwining of class and gender' Time & Society 19/2 (special issue on Gender and Time), 193-219

O. Sullivan, S. Coltrane, L. McAnnally and E. Altintas 2009.'Father-friendly policies and time use data in a cross-national context: potential and prospects for future research' Annals of the American Academy for Political and Social Science 624, 234-25427

O. Sullivan 2008. ' Busyness, status distinction and consumption strategies of the income-rich, time-poor'. Time & Society 17/1, 71-92. (Also published in Replika Quarterly Social Science Review: Thematic issue on Leisure, Working time and Consumption, 2010)

O. Sullivan 2007. ' Cultural voraciousness: A new measure of the pace of leisure in a context of 'harriedness''. Electronic International Journal of Time Use Research 4/1, 32-48

O. Sullivan and T. Katz-Gerro 2007. 'The Omnivorousness thesis revisited: voracious cultural consumers'. European Sociological Review 23/2, 123-137

I. Fischer and O. Sullivan 2007. 'Evolutionary modeling of time use vectors'. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 62/1, 120-143

T. Katz-Gerro and O. Sullivan 2004 'Loisirs, goûts et appartenance sexuelle en Grande-Bretagne: évolution entre les années 1960 et 1990'('Gendered leisure: cross-national changes from the 1960s to the 1990s') Sociologie et Societies Special Issue on 'Goûts, Practiques Culturelles et Inégalitiés Sociales' ('Tastes, Cultural Practices and Social Inequalities') 36/1, 165-186

O. Sullivan 2004 'Changing gender relations within the household: a theoretical perspective'. Gender & Society 18/2, 207-223

O. Sullivan and J. Gershuny 2004 'Inconspicuous consumption: work-rich, time-poor in the liberal market economy' Journal of Consumer Culture 4/1, 79-100

J. Gershuny and O. Sullivan 2003 'Time use, gender and public policy regimes' Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society 10/2, 205-228

O. Sullivan and J. Gershuny 2001 'Cross-national changes in time-use: some sociological (hi)stories re-examined' British Journal of Sociology, 52/4, 331-347

O. Sullivan 2000 'The division of domestic labour: 20 years of change?' Sociology 34/3, 437-456