Professor Angela McRobbie

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Position Professor of Communications, co-convenor of the MA in Media and Communications
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Professor Angela McRobbie

I have recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

At Goldsmiths over the last decade my teaching has comprised

BA 2nd year course 'Culture, Society and Individual'.

BA 3rd year option and MA option 'The City and Consumer Culture'.

I also do occasional lectures on MA Gender Media and Culture, and also on MA Culture Industries

I supervise MA dissertations, and I have supervised 18 PhD students to completion and they have gone on to gain positions in Kings College London, American University Paris, Imperial College Business Schoool, SOAS, SUNY, Leeds University, Birmingham City University, and various other institutions across the world.  Many of these PhD students have held AHRC and other awards. Recently I have supported one post-doctoral studentship (ESRC) and in addition to this I have also examined approximately 30 PhDs in the UK and elsewhere.

Areas of supervision

  • Feminist Theory
  • Gender and the Modern Work Economy
  • Gender and Popular Culture
  • The Global Fashion Industry
  • New Forms of Labour in the Creative Economy
  • Start Ups and Social Enterprise

Professional activities

Editorial Board Cultural Studies, Journal of Cultural Economy, Journal of Consumer Culture, Communication Review, Culture Unbound. I also review for various international academic journals.

I have served on RAE Panels 2000, 2006.

I am a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 Womens Hour and Thinking Allowed. I write for openDemocracy and for the Guardian Comment is Free.

Research Interests

Current awards

Thanks to successful bids for external funding, it has been possible to pursue in depth a number of research projects which develop and enhance the span of my previous work. I have benefited from the UK AHRC CREATe project (total funds of £5m) awarded to Glasgow University Law School, with Goldsmiths as a funded partner. As a follow-up to this we have managed to secure further funds from an Erasmus Plus project with the Principal Investigators in Venice Italy (total funds 250,000 Euros). The title of this project is Women and Creative Entrepreneurship. Finally I have been awarded the Mercator Fellowship for 2016-2017 at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. 

From October 2016 to February 2017 I will be Mercator Fellow at the University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Summary of current book projects

Following on from my two most recent books, The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change (2008) and Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries (2015), I have currently three different areas of research activity. These comprise:

1.    Feminism, Femininity and Neo-liberalism. This research is ongoing and will lead to a book to be published by Sage in 2018. Topics include ‘The ‘Perfect’ and the ‘Violence of Self- Regulation’ (Butler)’: New Maternity in Multi-Mediated Times: Feminism, ‘Cruel Optimism’ (Berlant) and Popular Culture; The Ferrante Naples Novels: The Biopolitics of ‘Gender Equality’: The New Politics of  Women and Work: Neo-Liberalism Normalised in Gender and Public Policy: Gender and the Politics of Precarity.

2.    Fashion as Urban Creative Economy: Start Ups, IP and Design Practice in London, Berlin and Milan. This work emerges directly out of our current AHRC funded CREATe project ( It will result in a co-authored book drawing on extensive ethnographic and observation-based research in the three cities. We hope to complete this manuscript in early 2018.

3.     The Rise of the Black and Asian British Artists… far there is one publication from this project, eventually it will result in a book which considers the socio-cultural context for the emergence of artists (including Isaac Julien, Chila Burman, Yinka Shonibare, Sonia Boyce, John Akomfrah and Steve McQueen). The book will also focus on the works themselves viewed from with a frame informed by the writing of Paul Gilory, Stuart Hall and others.



McRobbie, Angela. 2020. Feminism and the Politics of 'Resilience': Essays on Gender, Media and the End of Welfare. Cambridge: Polity. ISBN 9781509525065

McRobbie, Angela. 2015. Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries. Polity Press. ISBN 9780745661957

McRobbie, Angela. 2010. Top Girls: Feminismus und der Aufstieg des neoliberalen Geschlechterregimes. Germany: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. ISBN 978-3531162720

McRobbie, Angela. 2009. The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture, and Social Change. London: Sage. ISBN 9780761970613

McRobbie, Angela. 2005. The Uses of Cultural Studies. Sage. ISBN 1412908442

McRobbie, Angela. 2000. Feminism and Youth Culture 2nd Edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0333770313

McRobbie, Angela. 1999. In the Culture Society: Art, Fashion and Popular Music. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415137508

McRobbie, Angela. 1998. British Fashion Design: Rag Trade or Image Industry? London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415057813

Edited Book

Paechter, Carrie F.; George, Rosalyn P. and McRobbie, Angela, eds. 2016. Pedagogical Responses to the Changing Position of Girls and Young Women. London: Routledge. ISBN 978_1_138-65492_1

McRobbie, Angela; Gilroy, Paul and Grossberg, Lawrence, eds. 2000. Without Guarantees: In Honour of Stuart Hall. London: Verso. ISBN 978-1859842874

McRobbie, Angela, ed. 1997. Back to Reality? Social Experience and Cultural Studies. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0719044557

McRobbie, Angela, ed. 1989. Zoot Suits and Second Hand Dresses. London: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 978-0044452379

McRobbie, Angela and Savier, M, eds. 1982. Autonome aber Wie? Munich: Frauenoffensive.

McRobbie, Angela and McCabe, Trisha, eds. 1980. Feminism for Girls. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1138007994

Edited Journal

McRobbie, Angela and Lury, Celia, eds. 2002. Feminism and the Political, Economy and Society, 31(4). 0308-5147

Book Section

Hey, Valerie and George, Rosalyn P.. 2016. Dissident daughters? The psychic life of class inheritance. In: Carrie F. Paechter; Rosalyn P. George and Angela McRobbie, eds. Pedagogical Responses to the Changing Position of Girls and Young Women. London: Routledge, pp. 95-110. ISBN 9781138654921

McRobbie, Angela. 2012. Transient Intimacy in Queer Club Spaces. In: Angela McRobbie; Birgit Effinger; Judith Halberstam and Kerstin Drechsel, eds. Kerstin Drechsel. Munich: Hatje Cantz; Bilingual edition. ISBN 978-3775732512

McRobbie, Angela. 2012. A Good Job Well Done: Richard Sennett and the Politics of Creative Labour. In: Michael Heinlein; Cordula Kropp; Judith Neumer; Angelika Poferl and Regina Römhild, eds. Futures of Modernity Challenges for Cosmopolitical Thought and Practice. transcript Verlag Bielefeld (Sociology), pp. 155-177. ISBN 978-3-8376-2076-4

McRobbie, Angela. 2011. Key Concepts for Urban Creative Industry in the UK. In: Ingrid Elam, ed. New Creative Economy. Malmo, Sweden: Swedish Arts Council, pp. 22-42. ISBN 978-9-197-80011-2

McRobbie, Angela. 2011. Making a Living in London’s Small Scale Creative Sector. In: Dominic Power and Allan J Scott, eds. Cultural Industries and the Production of Culture. London and NY: Routledge, pp. 130-144. ISBN 978-0415511315

McRobbie, Angela. 2010. The Gender of Post-Fordism. In: A Manske and K Puhl, eds. Prekariserung aus Genderperspective. Dampfboot Verlag.

McRobbie, Angela. 2009. Industria Cultural. In: J Ribalta, ed. Ideas Recibidas. Spain: MacBa.


McRobbie, Angela. 2020. Inside the socialist nursery: welfare maternity and the writing of Denise Riley. Feminist Theory, 21(3), pp. 287-296. ISSN 1464-7001

McRobbie, Angela; Wallach Scott, Joan and Taylor, Barbara. 2020. History, language, time. Feminist Theory, 21(3), pp. 263-266. ISSN 1464-7001

McRobbie, Angela. 2020. Our low-paid workers are our lifeline. Verso Blog,

McRobbie, Angela; Strutt, Dan and Bandinelli, Carolina. 2019. Feminism and the Politics of Creative Labour: Fashion Micro-enterprises in London, Berlin and Milan. Australian Feminist Studies, 34(100), pp. 131-148. ISSN 0816-4649

McRobbie, Angela. 2016. Towards a Sociology of Fashion Micro-enterprises: Methods for Creative Economy Research. Sociology, 50(5), pp. 934-948. ISSN 0038-0385

McRobbie, Angela. 2016. Stuart Hall, Art and the Politics of Black Cultural Production. South Atlantic Quarterly, 115(4), pp. 665-683. ISSN 0038-2876

McRobbie, Angela. 2015. Notes on the Perfect: Competitive Femininity in Neoliberal Times. Australian Feminist Studies, 30(83), pp. 3-20. ISSN 0816-4649

McRobbie, Angela. 2013. Feminism, the Family and the New 'Mediated' Maternalism. New Formations, 80, pp. 119-137. ISSN 0950-2378

McRobbie, Angela. 2013. Feminism and the New 'Mediated' Maternalism: Human Capital at Home. Feministische Studien, 31(1), pp. 136-143. ISSN 0723-5186

McRobbie, Angela. 2011. Unveiling France's Border Strategies. Feminist Media Studies, 11(1), pp. 101-106. ISSN 1468-0777

McRobbie, Angela and Thornton, Sarah L. 1995. Re-Conceptualising Moral Panic in Multi-mediated Social Worlds. British Journal of Sociology, 46(4), pp. 559-574.

Conference or Workshop Item

McRobbie, Angela. 2015. 'Pathologies of the Perfect: Femininity as Competition in Neo-Liberal Times'. In: Opening Lecture for Centre for Feminist Research. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

Bates, Laura; Lewis, Gail; McRobbie, Angela; Cameron, Deborah; Eddo-Lodge, Reni; Williamson, Judith; Dahl, Ulrika; Franklin, Sarah and Power, Nina. 2014. 'Workshop on Sexism'. In: Workshop on Sexism. Goldsmiths, Universirty of London, United Kingdom.

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