Lisa Adkins is an Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) 2015-2019 hosted by the University of Tampere and the University of Turku and concurrently Professor of Sociology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has previously held posts at Goldsmiths, University of London; the University of Manchester; and the Australian National University (ANU).
Her contributions and interventions in the discipline of Sociology lie in the areas of economic sociology (especially the sociology of labour), social and cultural theory and feminist theory. She is recognised for her development of innovative approaches to and conceptualisations of the restructuring of labour in the context of post-Fordism and for pushing towards new understandings of the relationships between work, unemployment and under-employment. The latter forms part of her FiDiPro research. She is keenly interested in how Sociology as a discipline can be reshaped to account for the reconstitution of the economy-society relation in contemporary capitalism.
Key publications include The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract: Working and Living in Contingency (edited with Maryanne Dever, 2016). Measure and Value (with Celia Lury, 2012); What is the Empirical? (with Celia Lury); Feminism After Bourdieu (with Bev Skeggs, 2005); Revisions: Gender and Sexuality in Late Modernity (2002) and Gendered Work (1995).
Her recent research focuses on the restructuring of labour, money and time in post-Fordist capitalism. Publications from this research have appeared in a number of journals including South Atlantic Quarterly, Feminist Review and Social Epistemology. Her next book The Time of Money extends this work. She is joint editor-in-chief of the journal Australian Feminist Studies (Routledge/Taylor&Francis).