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Dr Brendan Burchell

Dr Brendan Burchell

Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Sociology

Professorial Fellow and Director of Studies at Magdalene College


Brendan Burchell is Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Sociology and a professorial fellow and director of studies at Magdalene College. He was a director of graduate education in sociology 2014 to 2019 and head of the department of sociology from 2012 to 2014. He was also the director of the Cambridge Undergraduate Quantitative Methods Centre (CUQM) between 2014 and 2018. He has supervised over twenty-five PhD students. 

Burchell's recent research projects have included the effects of labour market experiences on psychological well-being, work intensification and job insecurity; predictors and correlates of the transition into self-employment; managers' and employees' different perspectives on jobs, part-time work and gender differences in working conditions and careers, restless leg syndrome and financial phobia. Brendan has held numerous research grants published widely in the academic literature. In 2019 his team's work on the relationship between the number of work hours and wellbeing as part of The Employment Dosage Project received widespread media coverage.  

Research Interests

Brendan Burchell is particularly interested in the links between migration and employment, in particular the relationship between migration and entrepreneurship.