Rosie Read

Dr Rosie Read

  • Principal Academic
  • Royal London House R105, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LT
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I am a social anthropologist with interdisciplinary research interests encompassing care, work, feminisms, civil society, health, welfare and the state. I have an enduring interest in volunteering as an unwaged category of care work in capitalism, its relationship to waged work and its historical formation through relations of gender and class. My publications are based on ethnographic and qualitative research undertaken in the Czech Republic and the UK, funded by the UK Research Council, the British Academy and non-profit sector organisations. In my current role as Principal Lecturer at Bournemouth University, I teach the following modules on undergraduate sociology, anthropology and criminology programmes: Globalisation and Marginalisation, Introduction to Social Anthropology and Into the Field (ethnographic research methods).


Journal Articles

  • Read, R., 2020. Unwaged labour intensified: Volunteer management and work targets at a UK charity. Sociological Review.
  • Read, R., 2019. Caring Values and the Value of Care: Women, Maternalism and Caring Work in the Czech Republic. Contemporary European History, 28 (4), 500-511.
  • Read, R. and Fenge, L.A., 2019. What does Brexit mean for the UK social care workforce? Perspectives from the recruitment and retention frontline. Health and Social Care in the Community, 27 (3), 676-682.
  • Read, R., 2014. Images of care, boundaries of the state: Volunteering and civil society in Czech health care. Social Analysis, 58 (3), 90-160.
  • Jones, K., Fenge, L.-A., Read, R. and Cash, M., 2013. Collecting Older Lesbians' and Gay Men's Stories of Rural Life in South West England and Wales: "We Were Obviously Gay Girls ... (So) He Removed His Cow From Our Field". Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14 (2).
  • Read, R., 2011. Humanising healthcare: Volunteered caring and the free gift in Czech hospitals. Anthropology of East Europe Review, 29, 50-59.
  • Chell, E., Karataş-Özkan, M. and Read, R., 2010. Exploring women academics' involvement in science entrepreneurship: A structuration view. , 315-332.
  • Read, R., 2010. Creating reflexive volunteers? Young people's participation in Czech hospital volunteer programs. Journal of Youth Studies, 13, 549-563.
  • Fenge, L.-A., Jones, K. and Read, R., 2010. Connecting participatory methods in a study of older lesbian and gay citizens in rural areas. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 9, 320-333.
  • Domínguez, D., Beaulieu, A., Estalella, A., Gómez, E., Schnettler, B. and Read, R., 2007. Virtual ethnography. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 8 (3).
  • Read, R. and Thelen, T., 2007. Social Security and Care After Socialism: Reconfigurations of public and private. Focaal: European Journal of Anthropology, 50, 3-18.
  • Read, R., 2007. Labour and love: competing constructions of 'care' in a Czech nursing home. Critique of Anthropology, 27, 203-222.
  • Read, R., 2005. Scopic Regimes and the Observational Approach: Ethnographic Filmmaking in a Czech Institution. Visual Anthropology, 18, 47-64.
  • McCajor Hall, T. and Read, R., 2005. Guest editors' notes: Special issue of Ethnographies of Czechs, Slovaks and Serbs. Anthropology of East Europe Review, 23, 1-6.



  • Read, R., 2017. Images of care, boundaries of the state: Volunteering and civil society in czech health care. Stategraphy: Toward a Relational Anthropology of the State. 90-106.
  • Read, R., 2011. Gender, Welfare and Volunteering in Czech Hospitals. In: Jäppinen, M., Kulmala, M. and Saarinen, A., eds. Gazing at Welfare, Gender and Agency in Post-Socialist Countries. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars, 231-248.
  • Read, R., 2009. Nuns, Fundraising and Volunteering. The Gifting of Care in Czech Services for the Elderly and Infirm. In: Leutloff Grandits, C., Peleikis, A. and Thelen, T., eds. Social Security in Religious Networks: Anthropological Perspectives on New Risks and Ambivalences. Oxford, England: Berghahn Books, 128-145.
  • Read, R., 2007. Embodied Caring / Caring for Bodies. In: Lammer, C., Pichler, C. and Sawchuk, K., eds. Embodiment. Vienna, Austria: Löcker, 203-216.
  • Read, R., 2005. Altering Care: Gifts and Emotion in Nursing Practice within a Czech Nursing Home. In: Haukenes, H. and Pine, F., eds. Generations, Kinship and care. Gendered Provisions of Social Security in Central Eastern Europe. Bergen, Norway: Center for Women's and Gender Research, 137-162.


  • Read, R., 2015. Nuture, Care and Value/s. Women and caring work in Czechoslovakia / Czeck Republic. In: Women, Work and Value: Europe 1945-2015. The Value of Women’s Work: Between the Subjective and the Economic’ 24 October 2014-25 October 2015 European University Institute, Florence.
  • Read, R., 2014. The Unfamiliarity of Altruism. Women, Caring and Volunteering in the Czech Republic. In: Beyond the global care chain: boundaries, institutions and ethics of care 10-12 July 2014 Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany.
  • Read, R., 2012. Volunteering, Gender and Ideologies of Care in Czech Hospitals. In: Uncertainty and Disquiet - European Association of Social Anthropologists 12th Biennial Conference 10-13 July 2012 University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense.
  • Read, R., 2011. Resourcing goodwill: The funding and coordination of hospital volunteer projects in the Czech Republic. In: Local State and Social Security. Negotiating Deservingness and Avenues to Resources in Rural Areas 30 June-2 July 2011 Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany.
  • Read, R., 2011. Conflicts, care and compassion. The changing historical contours of nursing roles and patient need in the Czech Republic, 1993-2010. In: International Conference on Nursing History 12-14 May 2011 Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation Stuttgart and Berlin Medical Historical Museum International Conference on Nursing History.
  • Jones, K., Fenge, L. and Read,R., 2009. ’Gay and Pleasant Land? ...’ (short film). In: LGBT Lives: Sexual/Gender Dissidence Over the Life Course (ESRC funded seminar series) University of Glasgow 16 May 2009 Glasgow.
  • Read, R., 2009. Volunteering, Gender and Healthcare. Perspectives from an Anthropological Study of Volunteering. In: ‘Rozvoj Dobrovolnictví v Ostravě’ (‘The Development of Volunteering in Ostrava’) March 2009 Ostrava City Council, Ostrava, Czech Republic.
  • Read, R., 2009. Public participation, Gender and Neoliberalism: The Anthropology of Volunteering in the Czech Republic. In: Departmental seminar, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Read, R., 2009. Humanising Healthcare: Money, Gifts of Labour and Neoliberal Welfare in Czech Hospitals. In: 1st Joint International Conference of the Czech and Slovak Associations of Social Anthropology September 2009 Pezinok, Slovakia.
  • Read, R., 2008. Care, Social Security and the Post-socialist ‘Withdrawing State’: New Perspectives. In: ‘The withdrawing state? Re-thinking social security, welfare and the privatization of care after socialism’. British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies Annual Conference. April 2008 Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
  • Read, R., 2008. Volunteers Wanted! Emerging Discourses of Care, Gendered Citizenship and the Self in the Czech Non-Profit Sector. In: 10th Biennial European Association of Social Anthropologists Conference 26-30 August 2008 University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Read, R., 2008. Volunteering in Hospitals from an Anthropological Perspective. In: ‘Potenciál Dobrovolnických Programů ve Zdravotnických Zařízenýích’ (‘The Potential of Hospital Volunteering’) October 2008 Thomayerova Faculty Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Read, R., 2008. Economies of Care: Gender, Welfare and Volunteering in Czech Hospitals. In: Gender, Welfare and Agency in Russia and Eastern Europe December 2008 University of Helsinki, Finland..
  • Read, R. and Thelen, T., 2008. Social Security and Care After Socialism: Reconfigurations of Public and Private. In: ‘Who Cares…And How? An Anthropological Enquiry into Support’, International conference convened by the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, July 2008 Halle, Germany.
  • Read, R., 2007. Financing goodwill? Cultures of funding and autonomy within the UK voluntary sector. In: Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, Annual Conference October 2007 Manchester University, Manchester, England.
  • Read, R., 2006. Under Observation. Visual Methodologies and Qualitative Research in a Czech Prison. In: 6th European Qualitative Research Conference in Health and Social Care 4-6 September 2006 Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, England.
  • Read, R., 2006. Understanding Care: perspectives on social security in postsocialism. In: Research seminar. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany.
  • Read, R. and Thelen, T., 2005. Social security and care in postsocialism. Panel: social security and local forms of public action: meanings and practices of care. In: American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies November 2005 Utah, USA.
  • Read, R. and Theodosiou, A., 2005. Locating flexibility: the creative production of music and care amongst Czech nurses and Greek gypsy musicians. In: Association of Social Anthropologists Annual Conference April 2005 Aberdeen, UK.
  • Read, R., 2005. Nuns volunteers and social security. The gifting of care within a Czech day care centre for the elderly and infirm. ‘Social security in religious networks: changes in meanings contexts and functions’. In: International Conference at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology November 2005 Halle, Germany.
  • Read, R., 2004. Collusions and misrepresentations: documentary film production in a Czech women’s prison. In: ‘Mis/representation in the Media’ international conference June 2004 Manchester, UK.
  • Read, R., 2004. Mothers under observation: nurture care and surveillance in a Czech women’s prison. In: British Association of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies Annual Conference April 2004 Cambridge, UK.

PhD Students

  • Martin Handford, 2009. Homelessness and Citizenship: Exploring the Meaning and Negotiation of Place, Space and Geography for Rough Sleepers.
  • William Haydock, 2009. Gender, Class and ‘Binge’ Drinking: An Ethnographic Study of the Night Time Economy in a Southern English Town.
  • Funmi Omotade. Female Genital Mutilation and Social Policy in Nigeria

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Introduction to Social Anthropology
  • Into the Field
  • Globalisation and Marginalisation
  • Culture and Society


  • Developing Student-Community Research Collaborations to Enhance Fusion and BU Reputation in Sociology and Anthropology (Bournemouth University Fusion Investment Fund, 15 Jan 2015). Completed
  • Sexual Harassment in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry (Bournemouth University, 01 Jul 2014). Completed
  • Chicha Power: Transforming Promotional Cultures the Peruvian Way (Bournemouth University, 01 Mar 2013). Completed
  • Grey and Pleasant Land? An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Connectivity of Older People in Rural Civic Society (RCUK New Dynamics of Ageing programme, 01 Jan 2010). Completed
  • Volunteering Care: The Gendered Politics of Voluntary Networks in Three Czech Hospitals (The British Academy, 01 Jan 2008). Completed

Conference Presentations

  • European Association of Social Anthropologists biannual conference, Charity or Call Centre? Volunteered counselling and performance management at ChildLine, 20 Jul 2016, University of Milano-Bicocca
  • 'The Value of Women's Work: Between the Subjective and the Economic' conference, Nurture, Care and Value/s. Women and caring work in Czechoslovakia / Czech Republic, 24 Oct 2015, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • Beyond the Global Care Chain: Boundaries, Institutions and Ethics of Care, The Unfamiliarity of Altruism. Women, Caring and Volunteering in the Czech Republic, 10 Jul 2014, Halle/Salle, Germany
  • European Association of Social Anthropolgists biannual conference, Volunteering, Gender and Ideologies of Care in Czech Hospitals, 10 Jul 2012, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense


  • PGCE in Research Degree Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2007)
  • PhD in Social Anthropology with Visual Media (University of Manchester, 2002)
  • MA in Visual Anthropology (Manchester University, 1996)
  • BA (Hons) in Anthropology and Religious Studies (Newcastle University, 1994)


  • Higher Education Academy Senior Fellowship (Higher Education Academy, 2016)


  • Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow (2016-),
  • European Association of Social Anthropologists, Member (2000-),
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