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.


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


Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

College of Social Sciences and Arts


Journal articles

Beatty, C., Bennett, C., & Hawkins, A. (2021). Managing precarity: food bank use by low-income women workers in a changing welfare regime. Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, 55 (5), 981-1000.

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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