Biography

I have been working at UEA since 1993 and I am a Professor in Personnel Economics.  

I am the UEA lead for the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (between UEA and the Universities of Essex and Kent - http://easternarc.ac.uk) in the Quantitative Social Sciences.  I am Chair of the University Library Forum (2012-present) and sit on the University Information Services Strategic Committee.  Until recently I was Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching (2006 to 2012) and Associate Dean for Post Graduate Research Students (2008 to 2013) for the Faculty of Social Sciences.  

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Kassim, H., Peterson, J., Bauer, M. W., Connolly, S., Dehousse, R., Hooghe, L., Thompson, A.

(2013)

The European Commission of the Twenty-First Century,

Oxford University Press

ISBN 978-0-19-959952-3

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Murdoch, Z., Connolly, S., Kassim, H.

(2018)

Administrative legitimacy and the democratic deficit of the European Union,

in Journal of European Public Policy

25

(3)

pp. 389-408

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Daniels, K., Connolly, S., Ogbonnaya, N., Tregaskis, O., Bryan, M., Robinson-Pant, A., Street, J.

(2017)

Democratisation of wellbeing: stakeholder perspectives on policy priorities for improving national wellbeing through paid employment and adult learning,

in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

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Daniels, K., Bryan, M., Connolly, S., Gedikli, C., Tregaskis, O., Watson, D.

(2017)

Fostering wellbeing,

in Impact : Social Sciences and Humanities - Broading the Conversation.

Science Impact Ltd

pp. 42-44

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Daniels, K., Bryan, M., Connolly, S., Gedikli, C., Tregaskis, O., Watson, D.

(2017)

Work, Learning and Wellbeing – ESRC,

in Impact

2017

(9)

pp. 42-44

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Ogbonnaya, C., Daniels, K., Connolly, S., van Veldhoven, M.

(2017)

Integrated and isolated impact of high performance work practices on employee health and well-being: A comparative study,

in Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

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(1)

pp. 98-114

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Kassim, H., Connolly, S., Dehousse, R., Rozenberg, O., Benjaballah, S.

(2017)

Managing the house: The Presidency, agenda control and policy activism in the European Commission,

in Journal of European Public Policy

24

(5)

pp. 653-674

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Allen, H., Connolly, S., Hargreaves-Heap, S. P.

(2017)

Media pluralism: What matters for governance and regulation?,

in Journal of Media Economics

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pp. 47-64

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Connolly, S., Aldrich, M., O'Brien, M., Speight, S., Poole, E.

(2016)

Britain’s slow movement to a gender egalitarian equilibrium: parents and employment in the UK 2001–13,

in Work, Employment and Society

30

(5)

pp. 838-857

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Connolly, S., Kassim, H.

(2016)

'Supranationalism’ in question: beliefs, values and the socializing power of the European Commission revisited,

in Public Administration

94

(3)

pp. 717–737

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Ogbonnaya, C., Daniels, K., Connolly, S., van Veldhoven, M. J., Nielsen, K.

(2016)

Employees, managers and high performance work practices: A ‘win-win’ or the transformational leader’s exploitative approach to organizational performance,

in Understanding the high performance workplace : The line between motivation and abuse.

Routledge

pp. 39-62

ISBN 9781138801073, 9781138801059

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Poole, E., Speight, S., O'Brien, M., Connolly, S., Aldrich, M.

(2016)

Who are Non-Resident Fathers?: A British Socio-Demographic Profile,

in Journal of Social Policy

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pp. 223-250

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Becker, S., Bauer, M., Connolly, S., Kassim, H.

(2016)

The Commission: boxed in and constrained, but still an engine of integration,

in West European Politics

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pp. 1011-1031

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O'Brien, M., Connolly, S., Speight, S., Aldrich, M., Poole, E.

(2015)

Father involvement with young children in the contemporary United Kingdom,

in Father Involvement in the Early Years : An International Comparison of Policy and Practice.

University of Chicago Press

ISBN 9781447318996

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Connolly, S., Hanretty, C., Hargreaves-Heap, S., Street, J.

(2015)

What makes for prize-winning television?,

in European Journal of Communication

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pp. 267-284

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Connolly, S., Kassim, H.

(2015)

The Permanent Commission Bureaucrat,

in The Palgrave Handbook of the European Administrative System.

ISBN 9781137339881

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Brandon, M., Sorensen, P., Thoburn, J., Bailey, S., Connolly, S.

(2015)

Turning points or turning around: Family coach work with 'troubled families',

in International Journal of Child and Family Welfare

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pp. 57-77

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Ogbonnaya, C., Daniels, K., Connolly, S., van Veldhoven, M.

(2013)

Do high performance work practices promote positive employee attitudes or do they intensify work?,

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Kassim, H., Peterson, J., Bauer, M. W., Connolly, S., Dehousse, R., Hooghe, L., Thompson, A.

(2013)

The European Commission of the Twenty-First Century,

Oxford University Press

ISBN 978-0-19-959952-3

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Thoburn, J., Cooper, N., Brandon, M., Connolly, S.

(2013)

The place of 'think family' approaches in child and family social work; messages from a process evaluation of an English 'pathfinder' service,

in Children and Youth Services Review

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pp. 228-236

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Connolly, S., Fuchs, S., Vinkenburg, C.

(2011)

Work-life balance in academic - evidence from two technical universities,

in Going Diverse: Innovative Answers to Future Challenges.

Budrich University Press Ltd

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Key Research Interests

Work, Learning and Wellbeing.  Kevin Daniels (PI), Mark Bryan, Sara Connolly, Lee Hooper, Simonetta Longhi, Alita Nandi, Karina Nielsen, Chidi Ogbonnaya, Anna Robinson-Pant, Fujian Song, John Street, Gareth Thomas and Olga Tregaskis (joint CIs), Economic and Social Research Council 2015-18.  The Work, Learning and Wellbeing evidence programme is a collaboration between the University of East Anglia, the University of Essex and the University of Sheffield. The programme seeks to find practical answers to questions such as:

-       is it possible to change working practices so that workers are happier, more productive and absent less often?

-       how can growing numbers of older workers best adapt to working later in life and find new jobs in changing labour markets?

-       what lifelong learning opportunities do adults require in order to thrive in globalised and technologically advanced economy?

-       what are the societal costs of ignoring worker wellbeing

The evidence programme consists of three major themes: Work – focused on those already in work; Transitions – focused on those moving between jobs and in or out of the labour market; and Learning – focused the formal and informal learning of adults across the lifespan.

http://whatworkswellbeing.org/evidence-program/work-learning-and-wellbeing/ 

 

European Commission: Facing the Future.  Kassim (PI) and Connolly (CI), private donation 2013-15. The project team includes Michael W. Bauer, University of Speyer, Renaud Dehousse, Sciences Po Paris, and Andrew Thompson, University of Edinburgh.  This project addresses key questions about the European Commission and its staff. Drawing on the largest dataset ever collected by an independent team of researchers on a public bureaucracy (achieved sample for online survey n=5800; 230 interviews and five focus groups completed), the project examines:

-      how staff within and across different categories of employees experience the Commission as a workplace 

-      attitudes to and experience of management across the organization

-      career progression and career ambitions across the Commission

-      staff attitudes to the 2014 reform of the Staff Regulation to provisions relating to pay and working conditions, and career structure, change management, and its political consequences

 

Fatherhood in the 21st Century. Sveta Speight (PI), Sara Connolly and Margaret O’Brien (joint CIs), Economic and Social Research Council, 2012-14.  We sought to address the gaps in the literature by producing a comprehensive profiling of fathers in 21st Century Britain, exploring factors associated with fathers’ work patterns and family life (this included trends in working hours and experience during the recent recession) and examining the experience of work-family conflict, in both the UK and selected EU countries.  New insights into the definition and measurement of fatherhood are embedded in the findings. We achieved a balance between a simple reductive approach (e.g. ‘fathers’ and ‘non-fathers’) and an overly elaborated set reliant on too many dimensions. We took an extended notion of fatherhood – beyond biological to include step, adoptive and foster parenting – and reflected the current household composition.  The resulting four-fold typology: father in couple household with dependent children, father in couple household without dependent children, lone father and non-father, contributes to concept-driven analysis of men’s economic and family behavior in large-scale data sets.  Our novel ‘father-centric’ analysis of non-residential fatherhood has enabled us to outline four different ‘types’ of non-resident fathers, which could be a useful analytical tool and inform policy on separated families. These are ‘Engaged’ fathers, ‘Less Engaged’ fathers, ‘Disengaged’ fathers and ‘Distance’ fathers.

 http://www.modernfatherhood.org

 

Gender differences in the professions.  Claartje Vinkenburg (PI), Sara Connolly and Stefan Fuchs (joint CIs), European Research Council, 2012-14.  There is a noticeable gender gap in applicant and funding rates across disciplines but especially in the life sciences. The ERC has a strong focus on excellence (publications, income generation, patents) and are seeking to fund dedicated and innovative researchers but there are often perceptions of the type of career which deliver these – long hours, uninterrupted and often international employment. Our particular interest is in how non-standard careers (with career breaks or spells of part-time employment) are represented by the applicants and treated within the review process and whether limited geographical mobility (due to family commitments) plays a role in success rates.  We use optimal matching analysis as a method to identify career patterns and conventions in science, using full career histories of applicants to the European Research Council frontier research grant scheme.  We identify four distinct patterns or dances for each of the Starting and Advanced grant applicants and find excellence – in terms of ERC grant success - within each.

  

Media economics and regulation. Joint work with Shaun Hargreaves Heap (KCL).  One project examines the extent to which there is cultural diversity in the UK printed press and addresses the question of whether this might be adversely affected should the degree of competition within the market alter.  A second explores whether broadly speaking citizen’s knowledge (economics, politics, science, the environment, diversity and public health) across Europe is influenced by the concentration of ownership in traditional media, cross media ownership or the regulatory structure. 

 

Cost-benefit estimates of family intervention projects.  I also collaborate with colleagues in Social Work providing cost-benefit estimates of family intervention projects.  I have recently been involved in two projects: the first examined the effectiveness of new developments of family support in the Triborough Authorities in London and the second involved an evaluation of a Community Social Work Pilot in the London Borough of Sutton which aims to reduce dependency on statutory services by working with adults (mostly aged over 65) who are vulnerable but not yet eligible for Fair Access to Care Services.  

Teaching Interests

In academic year 2014-15 I shall be teaching on "Building Strengths at Work".  In recent years I have taught modules in human resource management, microeconomics, econometrics, public economics and labour economics.

Professional Activities

I am a member of the ESRC Grant Awarding Panel in Business and Economics.  

In recent years I have acted as a referee for the following journals: Applied Economics, Economic Journal, European Sociological Review, Feminist Economics, Labour, Labour Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Manchester School, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Economic Papers and Scottish Journal of Political Economy.  I have also acted as a referee for the following grant-awarding bodies: ESRC research awards; European Commission, Marie Curie awards; Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Social Sciences and Belgian government.

I have just completed a four year term as external examiner for the Economics department at the University of Glasgow.

 

Recent examples of enterprise and engagement activity include the following:

-       Briefings on the research output of the Modern Fatherhood project at the Department for Work and Pensions (May 2014), Business, Innovation and Skills (July 2014) and to a cross government departmental meeting (September 2014).

-      Member of ‘Living Wage Norwich’ a non-political, cross organisational group examining the case for making Norwich a Living Wage City.

-      Commissioned (with Haya Al-Dajani) to write a report “Economic Equality: creating a no-brainer strategy” in summer 2013, we gave presentations to various audiences from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and local business community in autumn 2013.  This resulted in the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership employing a project manager to develop an ‘Equality Manifesto’ and setting up a steering group to monitor progress towards reaching goals.

-      Invited to give presentations based on the research on the European Commission to Scottish Government, 2012; Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2012; to senior officials from across the European Commission, 2012.

 

I have presented research at major international conferences and workshops.

Recent conference presentations: International Political Science Association (Montreal, July 2014), Work and Family Researchers Network (New York, June 2014), Pan-European Conference on the European Union (The Hague, June 2014), Social Policy Association (Sheffield, July 2013), Council for European Studies (Barcelona June 2011, Amsterdam June 2013, Paris July 2015); International Studies Association (San Diego, Edinburgh 2012); European Union Studies Association (Baltimore 2012, Boston 2015).

Recent workshop presentations: workshops on work and modern family life (University College London, Open University, Nuffield Foundation, ESRC SDAI all 2013), Family Life in Britain in the 21st Century (ESRC dissemination event, British Academy May 2014), Modern Fatherhood (ESRC dissemination event, Institute of Education, July 2014), the EU Gender Summit (Brussels, July 2014) ESRC Research Methods Festival (Oxford, July 2014); presenting preliminary findngs from the European Commission Facing the Future (Science Po, February and May 2015, European University Institute, May 2015 and Institute for Higher Studies, Vienna May 2015).

Presentations at government departments and other international organisation: Department of Work and Pensions and Businness, Innovation and Skills (London), European Commission (Brussels), OECD (Paris), Foreign Office (London) and Scottish Government (Edinburgh).

 

My work has been reported in the local, national and international media, recent coverage includes:

Work on Fathers

-     The Telegraph, "British fathers amongt worst in Europe at making time for family" by John Bingham, 03/07/14, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/relationships/fatherhood/10941115/British-fathers-among-worst-in-Europe-at-making-time-for-family.html.

-     Daily Mail, "How dedicated dads are spending less time at work" by Steve Doughty, 03/07/14http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2678769/How-dedicated-dads-spending-time-work-Half-married-fathers-not-prepared-work-evenings.html

-      The Times, “Hi there, remember me?  I’m the man who used to be your father” by Rosemary Bennett, 20/11/2013, p. 13.

-      The Telegraph, “Britain’s 130,000 estranged fathers” by John Bingham, 20/11/2013, p.1.

-      Daily Express, “130,000 fathers lost to children”, 20/11/2013, p.30.

-      The Guardian (online), “Dads that don't live with their children: how many stay in touch” by Mona Chalabi, 20/11/2013, http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/nov/20/non-resident-dads-relationship-children.

-      Mail Online UK (Web), “How the 'first' family is forgotten: Serial fathers who start second families most likely to lose contact with children” by Steve Doughty, 20/11/2013, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2510371/Britains-130-000-absent-dads-One-fathers-lose-contact-children-earlier-relationships.html.

 

Work on Economic Equality with the New Anglia LEP

-      Eastern Daily Press, “Pay gap between men and women revealed” by Dan Grimmer, 16/11/2013, http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/pay_gap_between_men_and_women_revealed_1_3009803.

-      Eastern Daily Press, “Equality focus for UEA event” by Ben Woods, 07/11/2013, p. 39.

-      Eastern Daily Press, “The £3.4bn cost of Norfolk and Suffolk’s workplace inequality” by Ben Woods, online, http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/graphic_the_3_4bn_cost_of_norfolk_and_suffolk_s_workplace_inequality_1_2972221

 

The ESRC funded project “Beyond the breadwinner” has a website http://www.modernfatherhood.org which was launched in June 2013, by Aug 2015 there had been 19,755 visits to the website, by 16,652 unique visitors.