Posted on 10/07/2012
Professor Ann Oakley
PhD Sociology, 1974 Bedford College
Ann Oakley is a distinguished sociologist, feminist and writer. She is Professor and Founder-Director of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London. Ann has written numerous academic works, many focusing on the lives and roles of women in society as well as several best-selling novels, of which the best-known is probably The Men's Room, adapted by the BBC in 1991 and starring Harriet Walter and Bill Nighy. Her PhD at Bedford College was a study of women's attitudes to housework, from which several of her early books were ultimately derived. Much of her sociological research focused on medical sociology and women's health. She has also made important contributions to debates about sociological research methods. She is the daughter of the pioneering social researcher Professor Richard Titmuss and wrote a biography of her parents as well as editing some of his works for recent re-publication. 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.