Kate Sang

Dr, Professor of Gender & Employment Studies

  • EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Able to supervise projects investigating equality and diversity (especially gender, ethnicity and disability). Particular interests in intersectionality, disability and highly skilled careers, migration, women's careers in the professions, academic labour. I am also interested in supervising students exploring diversity and environmental measures. I specialise in qualitative research, including participatory action research interviews, focus groups and mixed methods research.

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Personal profile

Research interests

My research examines the workplace as the site where gender, and associated inequalities, are reproduced. I am particularly interested in how gender intersects with other categories of difference resulting in complex patterns of (dis)advantage. My current and recent projects include:

  • EDI Caucus (EDICa) (UKRI with Support from the British Academy - £4.19m) 
  • Enabling Neurodiverse Science Careers (NERC funded - £87k)
  • Creating a menopause policy (Industry funded)
  • Disability Inclusive Science Careers (EPSRC funded - £494k)
  • Beyond the 10k Steps (Industrial Challenge Strategy Fund - led by Professor Wendy Loretto, University of Edinburgh)
  • Lifting the lid (Foundation of Sociology of Health and Illness, led by Dr Jen Remnant)
  • Disability Inclusive Chemistry Careers (Royal Society of Chemistry - with Dr Jen Remnant and Dr Graeme Barker)
  • Working from the margins: disability inclusion in Malawi (GCRF £25k)
  • Menstruation research network (Wellcome Trust - CoI)
  • Women's access to basic services in Rohingya Refugee Camps (GCRF £30k)
  • Gynaecological health in academia

Recent projects


  • Menstrual health and menopause in the workplace
  • disability and trade unions
  • disability and academic careers
  • neurodiversity and careers
  • migrant academics

Key Research Words/Phrases

Gender, inequality, intersectionality, feminism, disability, professions, poverty, posthumanism 

Research Group Contact Details

 I am the Director of the Centre for Research into Employment, Work and the Professions.


I am member of the Intercultural Research Centre

Roles & Responsibilities

I am the Director of the Centre for Research Into Employment, Work and the Professions (Launch August 2020). I was the 4th year coordinator responsible for overseeing honours year. Recent administrative roles include  Business Management departmental Research Coordinator and the Human Resource Management and Law Group lead. 

Between 2010 and 2016 I served on the Executive Committee of the Feminist and Women's Studies Association, latterly as Chair. In 2015 I was a member of the publicity committee of the Sex & Gender group of the American Sociological Association.  In addition, I was the SGSSS Dean of Graduate Studies committee as the HWU representative and the PGR co-ordinator for the department of business management

Editorial work. I was an Associate Editor of European Management Review (ABS 3), and am on the Editorial Board of Work, Employment and Society (ABS 4). In 2015 I launched Heriot Watt's first Open Access journal - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity (www.ipedjournal.com). I am currently co-editing our first special issue on 'Climate Change and Intersectionality' 

Previous Editorial work. Editorial board of Sociological research online, special issues of Construction Management and Economics; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Organization (due 2016)

I am HWU's UCU equality officer, serving on the branch committee

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Association of Research Managers and Administrators

Jan 2020 → …

Canadian Research Chairs Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Nov 2019Nov 2022


2019 → …

Scottish Government

2018 → …

Scottish Parliament

2017 → …


  • HM Sociology


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