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 also the Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator, Disability Co-ordinator and Library Liaison for the Department of Business Management.


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

PhD supervision

Currently Kate is involved in the supervision of seven students within SML who are researching the sociology of work in relation to gender, disability, sexual orientation, organisational change in addition to a PhD exploring pro-environmental behaviour. Kate would welcome opportunities to supervise PhD students interested in exploring the workplace as the site where gender and associated inequalities are reproduced.


Kate's research focuses around equality and diversity in the workplace, with a particular interest in women in male dominated occupations, for example, the construction industry. She is especially interested in how men and women experience the workplace. She has undertaken research which has examined gender in the construction industry, the architectural profession and academia. Her current projects include, the experiences of equality and diversity managers in UK Higher Education, first generation migrant female professors, a feminist construction project and using Bourdieu's theory of practice to understand the persistent gender inequality on corporate boards and in the construction industry professions.

Kate also has a strong interest in feminism and feminist research. She is currently writing about feminist academics and their experiences of navigating the academy.

In addition, Kate worked on a 3 year longitudinal participatory research project which helped organisations facilitate the occupational health management of business drivers.

Kate reviews papers for: 

  • Construction Management and Economics
  • Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
  • Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management
  • International Journal of Qualitative Methods
  • Occupational Medicine
  • British Journal of Management
  • Applied Ergonomics
  • Gender, Work and Organization
Selected publications

Baruch, Y. and Sang, K. J. C. (due Vol 32, Issue 5, June 2013) 'Predicting MBA graduates' donation behaviour to their alma mater', Journal of Management Development.  

Sang, K.J.C., Gyi, D. E and Haslam, C. O. (2011)  'Stakeholder perspectives on managing the occupational health of UK business drivers: A qualitative approach', Applied Ergonomics, 42(3) pp. 419-25.  

Sang, K.J.C., Gyi, D. E., Haslam, C.O. (2010) 'Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives', Occupational Medicine,  60(2), pp. 108-114.  

Sang, K.J.C., Dainty, A.R.J., Ison, S. G. and Powell, A. (2009) 'A qualitative examination of the anticipatory socialisation of architects', Education and Training 51(4), pp. 309-321.  Awarded Highly Commended Paper, 2010 (Emerald LiteratiNetwork).  

Sang, K. J. C., Ison, S. G., and Dainty, A. R. J. (2009) 'The job satisfaction of UK architects and relationships with work life balance and turnover intentions' Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 16 (3), pp.288-300.  

Sang, K.J.C., Dainty A.R.J., and Ison, S. G. (2007) 'Gender: A risk factor for occupational stress in the architectural profession?' Construction Management and Economics, Vol. 25 (12), pp. 1305-1317.


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 sits on the executive committee of the FWSA as book prize co-ordinator.

In 2010 Kate established the network: feminist academics international.