Rosemary Deem, FAcSocSci

PhD, Professor

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Personal profile

Personal profile

My main research interests focus on policy in and leadership, governance and management of higher education;  doctoral education; the changing purposes and roles of universities; public service organizations, leadership and change agency; inequality in educational settings; notions of public good in HE settings.  This work draws on  organisational theory, feminist theory, policy analysis, new managerialism and comparative social science. 

I have been a member of 3 UK Research Assessment Exercise Sub-Panels on Education (1996, 2001, 2008).  I am an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (since 2006) and am also an Honorary Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education (since 2009). I was appointed OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2013 and received an Honorary DLitt from the University of Leicester in 2014.  I am a co-editor of Higher Education (Springer) since 2013.  I am a member of the Peer Review College of the European Science Foundation and a co-convenor of the Higher Education Network in the European Educational Rearch Association.  From 2015 to 2018 I was the first woman to chair the UK Council for Graduate Education.   I am on the Editorial Board of Higher Education Quarterly and Studies in Higher Education.  

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology of Leisure, PhD , Women and Leisure: a sociological investigation’., The Open University


Award Date: 10 Dec 1990

External positions

Member, Peer College of Reviewers, European Science Foundation

2017 → …

Trustee, Sociological Review Foundation

2015 → …

Chair, UK Council for Graduate Education



  • Sociology
  • education
  • leisure
  • Academic studies in higher education

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