Welcome to Ann Oakley's website Here you can
find out more about Ann Oakley's work and life, and get details of her
books and other publications. There are also links to videos and
interviews in which she talks about her work.
Ann Oakley is a writer and a sociologist. She has written both novels
and many non-fiction books. Most of her life has been spent working in
university research. She is best known for her work on sex and gender,
housework, childbirth and feminist social science. Her more recent
interests have focused on evidence-based public policy and methodologies
of research and evaluation, on the sociology of the body and on
biography and autobiography as forms of life-writing.
She is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the UCL Institute of
Education, and until January 2005 was Director of the Social Science
Research Unit (SSRU
) at the Institute, where she also headed the
Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre
). She holds an honorary appointment as a Fellow at
Somerville College, Oxford. In 2011 the British Sociological Association
gave her one of their first Lifetime achievement Awards for her
extraordinary contribution to the history of the development of
sociology in Britain. She now works on research part-time, and spends
the rest of it writing, wondering what to do about her archives,
developing environmentally friendly cleaning products, and spending time
with her grandchildren.