I gained my Undergraduate and Postgraduate qualifications from the University of Leicester and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I joined the University of Leicester in 1994 and specialise in the area of Work and Gender. During my time at the University of Leicester I have held a wide range of post including - Director of Learning and Teaching at the Centre For Labour Market Studies (2007 - 2011); Deputy Director Learning and Teaching at the School of Management (2012 - 2013); and Director of Learning and Teaching at the School of Management (2013 - February 2014).
I have three main research interests. The first research interest initially developed out of my MSc Postgraduate thesis that examined issues surrounding the relationship of National Culture and studying via Distance Learning. More recently my research interests have touched on the subject of High Performance Work Practices and issues of work intensification. However my most current research interest stems from my PhD which examines the lives of Women Breadwinners. This particular piece of research involves undertaking a qualitative research approach that explores how Women Breadwinners manage the competing demands of both their work and home commitments. The study starts by examining the historical developments of Breadwinning with issues surrounding the decline of the Male Breadwinner model. It also looks at issues in relation to 'Work' and the pressures women face in succeeding in the workplace.
(0) Sparham, E. (2016) Earning the Bread: 'The lived realities for Breadwinning Mothers', presented at the 9th Biennial Gender, Work and Organisation Conference, University of Keel 28 June - 1 July 2016
Sparham, E. (2016) Review of Militant Lactivism?: Attachment Parenting and Intensive Motherhood in the UK and France (Fertility, Reproduction & Sexuality) by Faircloth, Charlotte, in Sociological Research Online 21(1).
Sparham, E. (2015) The lives of Breadwinning Mothers. Poster session presented at UN HeForShe Launch University of Leicester, 29 September, 2015.
Goodwin, J., Sparham, E., and O'Connor, H. (2015) The Civilising of Children: Childhood in Elias's Adjustment of Young Workers to Work Situations and Adult Roles Project. Paper presented at Norbert Elias, Childhood and Education Seminar, Department of Education, Aarhus University, Tuborgvej 164, Copenhagen. August 13-14 2015.
Sparham, E. (2015) Breadwinning Mothers and their Realities. Poster session presented at the 11th Festival of Postgraduate Research, Leicester, 6 July, 2015.
Sparham, E. (2011) Review of Women's Employment and Homemaking Careers by Cheryln Skromme Granrose, in Gender Education 23(3): 363-364.
Sparham, E. and Sung, J. (2006) High Performance Work Practices: Work Intensification or 'Win-win?, Working Paper No. 50, Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester.
I supervise at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels in aspects related to Work and Employment. I am also interested in supervising students how want to explore issues linked to 'Gender' and the pressures that women face in succeeding in the workplace.
PGT Campus - MSc Human Resource Management and Training - MN7368 Employee Development and Workplace Learning - Module Leader - Semester 1
PGT Campus - MSc Human Resource Management and Training - MN7371 Dissertation supervision - Semester 2
Flexible Learning - MSc in Human Resource Management and Training - LM7504 Dissertation - Module Leader
Flexible Learning - MSc in Human Resource Management and Training - LM7500 Employee Development and Workplace Learning
Flexible Learning - MSc in Human Resource Management and Training - LM7603 Implemeting Improvements in Organisational Performance
MSc in Training and Human Resource Management Programme Leader (Flexible Learning) 2012 - present
MSc in Training and Human Resource Management Joint Programme Leader (full-time on Campus) September 2017 - present
Press and media
Women Breadwinners and how Women Breadwinners manage the competing demands of both their work and home commitments.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.