BA (Law) University of Cambridge; LLM Queen's University, Canada; MSc (Gender, Society & Culture) Birkbeck College, London; PhD (Law) University of Kent. Qualified Solicitor.
Emily Grabham is a Reader in the Law School. Emily's primary research areas include labour law, law and time, interdisciplinary perspectives on labour and value, and feminist legal theory. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to legal analysis, drawing on methods and perspectives from legal anthropology, feminist theory, science and technology studies, and critical legal theory. Her current research includes:
1. Law and time. Emily's forthcoming monograph Brewing Legal Times: Things, Form and the Enactment of Law (University of Toronto Press, 2016) draws on perspectives from actor-network theory and legal anthropology, as well as empirical legal research, to think about how legal temporalities are 'brewed' in UK and Canadian Law. Case studies include debates about 'progression' and 'likelihood' in the context of HIV law, 'work-life balance' in labour law, and 'transition' in the context of transgender legal rights.
2. Work-life balance. Her current project investigates the development and rationale of 'work-life balance' laws as a means of resolving tensions in unpaid care and work, drawing on legal ethnography, doctrinal analysis, and feminist legal theory. This feminist genealogy of work-life balance law in the UK is partially funded through an ESRC 'Future Research Leaders' award: Balancing Precarious Work and Care.
3. Regulating Time Network. With Sian Beynon Jones (Sociology, University of York UK), Emily co-ordinates the AHRC-funded scholarly network Regulating Time: New Perspectives on Regulation, Law and Temporalities. This interdisciplinary network investigates how law and regulation are shaped by dominant concepts of time.
Emily is also co-founder (with Judy Fudge) of the Gendering Labour Law Research Network.
She is a member of the peer review colleges of the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She sits on the editorial board of Feminist Legal Studies.
Research interests: Labour and equality law; interdisciplinary approaches to gender and labour; precarious work and gender; time and temporalities; feminist legal theory.
Research Areas: Gender and Sexuality, Law, Politics and Culture, Legal Theories and Philosophy
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Teaching and Supervision
Emily teaches, or has taught, the following modules:
- Labour Law (LW624)
- Gender, Sexuality and Law (LW596)
- Postgraduate Research Methods in Law (LW834)
- Seminar leader:
- Public Law 2 (LW592)
- European Law (LW624)
- Undergraduate dissertation (LW566)
Emily is happy to supervise postgraduate research projects in the broad fields of labour law and regulation, and feminist and queer legal theory.
Current PhD students: Starla Hargita, Flora Renz.
Other Academic Activities
Co-ordinator of the Regulating Time AHRC Network
Co-founder of Gendering Labour Law Research Network
Member of the AHRC Technoscience, Law & Society network
Editorial board member Feminist Legal Studies
Peer review college member, Arts and Humanities Research Council
Peer review college member, Economic and Social Research Council
External evaluator for European-funded projects, for example COST and the Open Research Area in Europe for the Social Sciences
Socio-Legal Studies Association; Society of Legal Scholars
Arts and Humanities Research Council (with Sian Beynon-Jones) Research Networking Scheme. 2015-2017. Regulating Time: New Perspectives on Regulation, Law and Temporalities. £35,000.
Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leaders Scheme.2013-2015. Balancing Precarious Work and Care: How Well does Labour Law Respond to Women’s Changing Working Patterns? £210,000.
Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor Scheme. 2013. Gendering Labour Law, a visit to Kent Centre for Law, Gender & Sexuality by Professor Judy Fudge (then University of Victoria, Canada) in 2013: £13,460.
Socio-Legal Studies Association. Research funding: ‘The Politics of Prognosis: HIV, Anti-retrovirals, and the Definition of Disability in UK Discrimination Law 1996-2005’ (2012): £1,300.
Modern Law Review Seminar Funding (with Nicola Barker and Sarah Lamble) ‘Welfare to Work: Critical Interventions’ (2009): £6,000.
Social & Legal Studies Conference Funding (with Nicola Barker and Sarah Lamble) ‘Welfare to Work: Critical Interventions’ (2009): £1,500.
Modern Law Review Seminar Funding (with Liberty) ‘Encountering Human Rights’ (2007): £5,500.
Social & Legal Studies Conference Funding ‘Encountering Human Rights’ (2007): £1,000.