School of Social and Political Science

Linda McKie

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Dean/Head of School of Social and Political Science, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Current Research Grants

2021-2024 Healthier Working Lives and Ageing for Workers in the Care Sector: Developing Careers, enhancing Continuity, Promoting Wellbeing. McKie, L., Lewis, S., Chan, S., Deane, C., Loretto, W., Pschetz., L., Speed, C., Wilkinson, H., UKRI/ESRC - £1.7m

2021-2024 Beyond the 10 000 Steps: Managing Less Visible aspects of Healthy Ageing at Work. Loretto, W., Wilkinson, H., Pschetz, L., McKie, L., et al. UKRI/ESRC - £1.9m

Selected Publications from 2015

Journal papers: academic

Hockley, J, Hafford-Letchfield, T, Noone, S, Mason, B, Jamieson, L, Iversholt, R, Musselbrook, K, Palattiyil, G, Sidhva, D, Quinn, N, Jain, S, McKie, L and Tolson, D. (2021) COVID, Communication and Care Homes: A Staffs’ Perspective of Supporting the Emotional Needs of Families. Journal of Long-Term Care, pp. 167–176. DOI:  

McKie, L and Jyrkinen, J. Care horizons and career choices for women managers, International Journal of Care and Caring; DOI: 10.1332/239788220X16081401963947.

Musílek, K, Jamie, K and McKie, L. (2019) Cold winds and warm attachments: Interrogating the personal attachment to neoliberal work and economy, Work, Employment and

Raw, A. and McKie, L. (2019) Exploring women’s mutuality in confronting care-precarity: ‘Care Accounts’ – A conceptual tool, Sociology,

Bowlby, S. and McKie, L. (2018) Care and Caring: An Ecological Framework, Area, Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers, doi/epdf/10.1111/area.12511

Books: edited

McKie, L. & Ryan, L. (2016). An End to the Crisis of Empirical Sociology? Trends and Challenges in Social Research. London: Routledge

Books: chapters

McKie, L. and Jyrkinen, M. (2018). Early to Mid-Career Women Managers: Experiences of Gender, Care and Work, in Broadbridge, A. and Fielden, S. (eds.), Impact of Diversity on Career Development. Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar, pp 44-59

Biese, I. & McKie, L. (2015). Opting in: Women in search of well-being, in Connerley, M. & Wu, J.(eds.), in The Handbook on Well-Being of Working Women. New York, USA: Springer. pp 503-516.

Biographical Resume

Linda McKie took up post as Dean/Head of School of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh in October 2017. She is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy. Prior to joining Edinburgh, she was Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University for three years and previously Director of Research there for two years.

She graduated from Durham with a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1989 and in the intervening years has held posts at the universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian researching and teaching in the sociologies of health and illness, gender and work, and research methods and management. 
In 2004 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and in 2010 appointed a member of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF), Sub-panel 23: Sociology. During 2007 and 2014 she was part of the evaluation panels commissioned by the Greek Government to review research centres in Historical, Mediterranean and Social Sciences.

She was a Senior Visiting Fellow, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki across six years to 2010. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 she chaired the grant recommendation panels in Social Work and Social Policy, Social Sciences and Business Studies, and Sociology, for the Academy of Finland. In 2014 she was a member of the Irish Research Council's Assessment Board for the Research Projects Grant Scheme. Peer review work has also been undertaken for various EU panels (COST, Horizon 2020 and Marie Curie) and the Norwegian Research Council. She has also been an Associate Director at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships from its inception in 2001 to 2016.

Work with the public and third sectors has included two periods of employment in the Civil Service; as a Senior Executive Office in the Inland Revenue and Head of Intelligence at the UK Equal Opportunities Commission. Community and volunteering work has included trusteeships with five charities: British Sociological Association, Community Health UK, Erskine (health and social care for veterans), Evaluation Support Scotland, and the Institute for Rural Health. In 2009 she qualified as a diploma member of the Institute of Fundraising.

Research interests

Research themes

Research interests

Gender, Women and Work, Evidence Informed Policy, Health and Wellbeing

1. Gender, Care and Work

Concepts and ethics of care: Work on this theme has led to a number of publications (journal articles, co-authored and edited books) that detail theoretical developments on spatial and temporal frameworks to combining caring and working (Sociology, 36, 4, 897-924). The resulting analytical framework enables to critical exploration of the multi-faceted relationship between care and policies. This conceptual work informed the development of numerous projects, namely, Researching Care in Workplaces (ESRC, 2007-11), Gender Related Family-Work Balance and Well-Being in Food Retail (ESF, 2005-7), and Women Managers in Finland and Scotland (Academy of Finland, 2008-11). Recent papers and debates include the evolution of organisations carescapes (Sociological Research On-line, 14, 4) and careerscapes (Gender, Work and Organization, 20, 2, 184-196). Current research considers Equality in Working Life Academy of Finland, No. 292883 €7m, a major structural project which runs to 2020.

2. Evidence and Policy Analysis

Evidence Informed Policy: Much of this work is concerned with knowledge sharing, transfer and impact; to ensure sociological work informs the development of policy, practice, education and future research. A new example of this is the grant Knowledge for Use [K4U]: Making the Most of Social Science to Build Better Policies, European Research Council, Cartwright, N., Byrne, D., Clarke, J., Hardie, J., McKie, L., Montuschi, E., Munro, E., Parker, W., Reis, J. and Seckinelgin, H. €2.3m, 2015-2020.

Staff Hours and Guidance

By appointment with the Administrative Officer, School Office: Gila Holliman; 0131 651 1710.

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Hockley J, Hafford-Letchfield T, Noone S, Mason B, Jamieson L, Iversholt R et al. COVID, communication and care homes: A staffs’ perspective of supporting the emotional needs of families. Journal of Long-Term Care. 2021 Jun 1;2021:167-176.
Palattiyil G, Jamieson L, McKie L, Jain S, Hockley J, Sidhva D et al. Understanding and Reducing the Psychosocial Impact of Coronavirus Social Distancing and Behavioural Changes on Families of Care Home Residents in Scotland. Chief Scientist Office, 2021. 12 p.
McKie L, Jyrkinen M. Care horizons and career choices for women managers. International Journal of Care and Caring (IJCC). 2021 Jan 19.
Palattiyil G, Jamieson L, McKie L, Jain S, Hockley J, Sidhva D et al. The Cost of Separation: The Impact of Visiting Restrictions on Families of Care Home Residents during COVID-19. Chief Scientist Office, 2020. 16 p.
Palattiyil G, Jamieson L, McKie L, Jain S, Hockley J, Sidhva D et al. The Cost of Separation: The Impact of Visiting Restrictions on Families of Care Home Residents during COVID-19. Chief Scientist Office, 2020. 8 p.
Raw A, McKie L. Exploring women’s mutuality in confronting care-precarity: ‘Care Accounts’ – a conceptual tool. Sociology. 2020 Feb 1;54(1):53-69.
Bowlby S, McKie L. Care and caring: An ecological framework. Area. 2019 Sep 30;51(3):532-539.
Musílek K, Jamie K, McKie L. Cold winds and warm attachments: Interrogating the personal attachment to neoliberal work and economy. Work, Employment And Society. 2019 Jul 4.
McKie L, Jyrkinen M. Early to mid-career women managers: Experiences of gendered age, care and work. In Broadbridge AM, Fielden SL, editors, Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers. 1 ed. Edward Elgar Publishing. 2018. p. 44-59. 2. (New Horizons in Management series).
McKie L, Jyrkinen M. MyManagement: Women managers in gendered and sexualised workplaces. Gender in Management: An International Journal. 2017 Apr 10;32(2):98-110.