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Cinnamon Bennett

Dr Cinnamon Bennett PhD, MA, PGCert Teaching in HE

Principal Lecturer, Group Leader


Cinnamon has worked as an academic and a policy maker, both with a focus on gender equality.

  • About

    As a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, Cinnamon teaches at all levels of the curriculum on specialist electives such as 'Work, Employment and Globalization' and on core modules covering sociological theory and research methods. Interspersed with her academic career, she managed the allocation of funding as part of the Objective 1 Programme South Yorkshire, which aimed to tackle gender imbalances in the labour market and to achieve gender mainstreaming in all interventions.

    She has also worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, managing a number of UK wide projects which explored the engagement of carers in employment and the response of employers to their circumstances. She is currently the Group Leader of the Sociology section working with a team of committed staff to deliver excellent teaching, and employability skills and opportunities to students undertaking BA (Hons) Sociology, BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology and BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology, Masters in Public Health, and Masters in Research Programme (cross discipline).

    Specialist areas of interest

    Gender and the labour market
    Gender in science education and careers
    Gender in organisations
    Equal opportunities policies and practices, gender mainstreaming
    Women's role in government and governance
    Sociology of the body
    Social theory
    Philosophies of research

  • Teaching

    Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

    Social Sciences and Arts

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Dean, J., Furness, P., Verrier, D., Lennon, H., Bennett, C., & Spencer, S. (2018). Desert island data: an investigation into researcher positionality. Qualitative Research, 18 (3), 273-289.

    Stiell, B., Tang, N., Bennett, C., & Price, C. (2006). Building Policy/Research Relationships: Using Innovative Methodologies to Engage Ethnic Minority Women. Local Economy, 21 (2), 211-218.

    Book chapters

    Bennett, C., & Tang, N. (2008). Tough at the top: women's career progression, an example in the local government sector. In Yeandle, S. (Ed.) Policy for a Change: Local Labour Market Analysis and Gender Equality. Bristol: Policy Press:

  • Other activities

    Cinnamon is a member of the British Sociology Society.

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