Rebecca Taylor is a sociologist of work and employment in the department of Sociology Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Southampton. She is co- director of the Work Futures Research Centre an interdisciplinary research and consultancy hub bringing together experts from across the University. Her research spans the conceptual interface between paid and unpaid work; the nature of careers, occupations, and professions and the implications for the future of work; digital labour on and beyond platforms; digital transformation in the delivery of public services and data and software sustainability.
Rebecca has 20 years research experience and a longstanding interest in qualitative methodology and practice including qualitative longitudinal research, digital methods, research ethics and data management. Current projects include: research for the AHRC on Data and Software practices an skills in the Arts and Humanities research community with Simon Hettrick and Johanna Walker in SSI; A study of unpaid work and sustaining digital infrastructure for the Web Science Institute (WSI) at University of Southampton with Mark Weal and Anthony Quinn. A study of digital transformation in frontline delivery with a focus on Domestic Abuse support with Bea Gardner and Mark Weal for WSI; A study of digital clergy and meaningful work with colleagues Gillian Symon and Rebecca Whiting at Royal Holloway and Birkbeck, University of London.
Recent publications have included: an article on Data Sharing in Domestic Abuse support presented at WebSci 2021, an article on the reproduction of inequality in the online labour market for Work Employment and Society 2021.