Professor Abigail Gregory

Associate Dean Internationalisation

Office Times

Tuesdays 10.30 am-12.30 pm


I am Associate Dean (International) for the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor of Comparative Sociology and member of the Centre for Social Research in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences. Prior to that I was Associate Head (Marketing and Recruitment) in the School of Languages and Deputy Head of School with line management responsibility for junior academic staff; previously I was Director of Admissions, Head of French and Equality and Diversity Coordinator.

I carried out my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Aston University in Birmingham (UK).  Following a BSc in French and Business Administration, I then completed a PhD on working patterns in retailing in Britain and France, with particular reference to part-time work.  Before coming to Salford I held a lectureship in French at Aston University. I have also worked previously in transport studies at Bradford University.


At Salford I have taught French language, translation and interpreting and contemporary history and society modules, including French business and marketing subjects.  My teaching experience is across a range of levels, from undergraduate to masters.

In 2012-13 I am teaching gender, work and employment on the Level 4 module Social Divisions and Inequality.

Research Interests

My research covers a cross-disciplinary field including Sociology (family and work), Management Studies, Industrial Relations and Area Studies. After publishing for a number of years on trends and practices in working time and women’s employment, my research interests are now in the area of comparative gender relations and systems, fatherhood and the reconciliation of work and family, particularly as they relate to Britain and France. I am very pleased to supervise theses in related areas.

I am Associate Editor of Gender, Work and Organization and referee for Sociology, International Journal of Management Reviews, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, British Journal of Industrial Relations

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc, PhD

Member of the British Sociological Association and the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France


Gregory, A. and Milner, S. (2012) “Men’s work-life choices”, in P. McDonald and E. Jeanes (eds.) Men’s wage and family work, London: Routledge, 50-64.

Gregory, A. and Milner, S. (2011) “What’s new in fatherhood? The social construction of fatherhood in France and the UK”, Men and Masculinities, 14 (5) 588-606. 

Gregory, A. and Milner, S. (2011) “Fathers and work-life balance in France and the UK: policy and practice”, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 31, 1/2. (awarded “highly commended” in Sage’s 2012 Literati awards).

Gregory, A. and Milner, S.  (2009) (eds.), Editorial, “Work/Life Balance: A Matter of Choice?”,Gender, Work and Organization, 16 (1), 1-13.

Gregory, A. and Milner, S. (2009) “Trade Unions and Work-life Balance: Changing Times in France and the UK”, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 47 (1), 122-146.

Gregory, A. and Milner, S. (2008), “Fatherhood regimes and father involvement in France and the UK, Community, Work and Family, 11 (2), 61-84. 

Gregory, A. and Milner, S.  (2006), Les entreprises et la conciliation de la vie professionnelle et familiale: vers le modèle du “père au travail”?, Recherches et Prévisions, 85, 5-16.

 Gregory, A. and Milner, S. (2004), « La masculinité en mutation, la paternité en (re)construction: une comparaison franco-britannique », Recherches et Prévisions, 76, 11-26.

Gregory, A. and Windebank, J. (2000) Women's Work in Britain and France: Practice, Theory and Policy, Basingstoke: Macmillan, February.

Gregory, A. and Tidd, U. (2000)(eds) Women in Contemporary France, Oxford: Berg, October. 

Gregory, A. (2000) “Women in paid work”, in A. Gregory and U. Tidd (eds), Women in Contemporary France, Oxford, New York: Berg, 21-46.

Gregory, A. (2000) "Women's employment in contemporary France", Modern and Contemporary France, 8 (2), 175-190.