Kate Sang

MA (Hons), MRes, PhD


+44 (0)131 451 4208
Room 1.35
Mary Burton Building
Heriot-Watt University
Roles and responsibilities

Professor Kate Sang is a Professor of Gender and Employment Studies. 

Kate is our 4th year coordinator and research coordinator for Business Management, and the group lead for Human Resource Management and Law.


Kate coordinates C10CW The Contemporary Workforce and Introduction to Social Theory (PhD research philosophy workshops).

PhD supervision

Kate is supervising a number of PhDs across the School of Social Sciences, which all focus on diversity and employment ranging from LGBT academics’ experiences, to Deaf small business owners experiences. Kate welcomes applications from potential PhD students who are keen to explore how employment can become more inclusive. 


Kate's research focusses on how women and disabled people navigate highly skilled employment.

Further details can be found under ‘Research Profile’

Selected publications

Richards, J & Sang, KJC (2019 accepted). Socially irresponsible human resource management? Conceptualising HRM philosophy and practice in relation to in-work poverty in the UK. International Journal of Human Resource Management


Huppatz, K. Sang, KJC., Napier, J. (accepted 17.9.18) ‘If You Put Pressure on Yourself to Produce Then That's Your Responsibility’: Mothers' Experiences of Maternity Leave and Flexible Work in the Neoliberal University . Gender Work and Organization.


Sang, K. J. (2018). Gender, ethnicity and feminism: an intersectional analysis of the lived experiences feminist academic women in UK higher education. Journal of Gender Studies, 27(2) 192-206.



RICHARDS, J AND SANG KJC (online early ) The intersection of disability and in-work poverty in an advanced industrial nation: The lived experience of multiple disadvantage in a post-financial crisis UK Economic and Industrial Democracy - due 2018 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0143831X17750474


MEINICH, J AND SANG KJC (ACCEPTED) It does not help to look young and dumb: ageism in the Norwegian Technical Industry Equality, Diversity and Inclusion due 2018


CALVARD, T & SANG KJC (online early). Complementing psychological approaches to employee well-being with a socio-structural perspective on violence in the workplace: An alternative research agenda. International Journal of Human Resource Management


Kate was previously a research fellow at the Centre for Diversity and Equality in Careers and Employment Research at University of East Anglia (UEA) where she worked on a range of diversity projects as well as running two conferences on feminism in academia.


Between 2002 and 2009 she was a PhD student and then a post-doc at Loughborough University in the Departments of Civil and Building Engineering and Human Sciences respectively. She undertook her MA Hons (Psychology and History) and MRes (Civil Engineering) at the University of Dundee.  


Kate was the Chair of the FWSA until 2016, having served on the committee as Book Prize offer prior to that. Kate is currently a Scottish Government Expert Panel member, with a particular focus on equalities and single use plastics.