Vice-President & Head of Faculty (Social Sciences)
Professor Gill Valentine
Gill returned to the University of Sheffield in September 2012 having previously worked at the University between 1994-2004 as a lecturer, senior lecturer and professor in the Department of Geography. In between Gill was Head of the School of Geography at the University of Leeds where she also served as Director of the Leeds Social Science Institute. In addition, Gill has held academic posts at the universities of Manchester and Reading. Before settling into an academic career Gill trained as a journalist, working for Haymarket Publications and BBC Wales.
Gill's research interests are focused in three interconnected areas: social identities and belonging; childhood, parenting and family life; and urban cultures and consumption. Although, she trained as a Geographer much of Gill's work has been interdisciplinary involving collaboration with social science colleagues from Departments of: Education, Sociology and Social Policy, Information Studies and Theology and Religious Studies. Her research has been supported by the award of 14 grants (value of >£4 million) from the European Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and The Leverhulme Trust, as well as research contracts from Government Departments and Non Governmental Organisations (e.g. Gambling Commission, and Citizens Advice Bureau). She has supervised over twenty Ph.D. students.
Gill has (co)authored/edited 15 books (with translations in Japanese, Chinese and Korean) and over 170 journal articles/reports. She was a co-founder and co-editor of the international journal Social & Cultural Geography (2000-08), and co-editor of Gender, Place and Culture (1999-2004) and is currently on the editorial boards of Children's Geographies and Geography Compass and a commissioning editor of a Taylor Francis book series. Gill's research has been recognised by the award of a Philip Leverhulme Prize: '...designed to recognise and facilitate the work of outstanding young research scholars of proven achievement' and a Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographies Gill Memorial Award: for contributions to Geography and gender.
Gill is an Academician in the Social Sciences. She plays an active role within the social science community serving as: a member of the ESRC's Steering Committee for the International Benchmarking Review of UK Human Geography; a member of the Philip Leverhulme Prize awards panel; and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Research Programme Advisory Group (2007-2010). She was also appointed by the ESRC to evaluate two of its interdisciplinary investments. Between 2008-2012 Gill was a trustee of the Drinkaware Trust (an independent charity with the objective of changing national drinking culture). Gill also acts as the University's Senior LGBT Champion. She champions LGBT staff at all levels of the institution and represents their views to the University Executive in order to raise the profile of LGBT equality in the University.