Associate Fellow
University of Southampton

Rebecca was awarded a Digit Innovation Fund in 2022.


Rebecca is a sociologist of work, employment and organisations with interests spanning conceptual debates about paid and unpaid work; innovation in public services and digital transformation. She is a quliative research specialist and has undertaken studies for a range of funders including ESRC, AHRC, Nuffield and DWP. She has published widely in academic books journals and is on the editorial board for the BSA journal Work Employment Society.

She is an Associate Professor and a Co-Director of the Work Futures Research Centre, at Southampton, which aims to disseminate research, influence policy and practice and showcase cutting edge research on work and its futures.

Research Interests
  • Conceptualising work and the boundaries between paid and unpaid labour
  • Digital labour and work in the digital economy
  • Data, software and ethics
  • Organisations and Institutions delivering public services
  • Innovation in health and social care
Journal articles

Rees, J.Taylor, R. Damm, C. (2022) Opening the ‘black box’: Organisational Adaptation and Resistance to institutional isomorphism in a prime-led employment services programme, Social Policy and Administration

Taylor, R. Gardner, B. And Weal, M. (2021) Digital transformations in Domestic Abuse support: implications for data sharing, in 13th ACM Web Science Conference 2021 (Websci ’21 companion), June 21-25, 2021

Taylor, R. Fuller, A. Halford, S. Lyle, K. and Teglborg, (2021) Translating employee-driven innovation in healthcare: Bricolage and the mobilization of scarce resources, Public Money & Management, 41:5, 376-386,

Demirel P., Nemkova, K. and Taylor, R. (2020)  Reproducing Global Inequalities in the Online Labour Market: valuing capital in the Design Field” Work Employment and Society 35 (5), 914-930

Halford, S. Fuller, A. Lyle, K. and Taylor, R. (2019) ‘Organizing Health Inequalities? Employee Driven Innovation and the Transformation of Care’, Sociological research online 24 (1), 3-20

Taylor, R. Rees, J. and Damm, C. (2016) ‘UK employment services: understanding provider strategies in a dynamic strategic action field’, Policy and Politics, Volume 44(2) 253-67

Taylor, R. (2015) Beyond anonymity: temporality and the production of knowledge in a qualitative longitudinal study International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Vol 18 (3) 281-292 (Special Issue: New frontiers in Qualitative Longitudinal Research)

Shutes, I. and Taylor, R. (2014) Conditionality and the Financing of Employment Services: Implications for the Social Divisions of Work and Welfare, Social Policy and Administration volume 48 (2) p204-220 (Special Issue: Markets and the New Welfare: Buying and Selling the Poor)

Parry, J. and Taylor, R. F. (2007) Orientation, Opportunity and Autonomy: Why People Work after State Pension Age, Aging and Society 27 p579-598

Thomson, R. and Taylor, R., (2005) Between Cosmopolitanism and the Locals: Mobility as a Resource in the Transition to Adulthood, Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, Vol. 13(4) 327-342

Taylor, R (2004) ‘Extending Conceptual Boundaries; Work, Voluntary Work and Employment’. Work, Employment and Society, Vol 18(1) p29-49.

Book Chapters

Taylor, R. & Roth, S. (2019) Exploring Meaningful Work in the Third Sector, in The Oxford Handbook of meaningful work: Oxford University Press 257-

Taylor, R. Damm, C. and Rees, J. (2016) Navigating the new landscape of contracted employment services: new providers, Prime-led supply chains and payment by results in Rees, J. and Mullins, D. The third sector’s role in public service delivery: New roles and enduring challenges? Policy Press

Taylor, R. (2015) Volunteering and Unpaid Work in The Sage Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment, (eds) Stephen Edgell, Heidi Gottfried, Edward Granter, London: Sage 485-501

Taylor, R., Arvidson, M., Macmillan, R., Soteri Proctor, A. Teasdale, S. (2014) ‘What’s in it for us?’; Recruiting Third Sector Organisations to a Qualitative Longitudinal Study and maintaining relationships, in Research in international development: A critical review, (ed) Camfield, L. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Taylor, R. (2013) ‘Rethinking voluntary work: dimensions of class, gender and culture’ in Le Travail Associatif. Matthieu Hely and Maud Simonet, Eds (2013) Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest

Taylor, R. F. (2005) Rethinking Voluntary Work in Pettinger, L., Parry, J., Taylor, R. F. and Glucksmann, M. (eds.) (2005) A New Sociology of Work? Oxford: Blackwell.