Rosie Read

Dr Rosie Read

  • Principal Academic
  • Bournemouth Gateway Building BGB501, St Pauls Lane, Bournemouth, BH8 8GP
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I work across the disciplines of social anthropology and sociology, using mostly qualitative and ethnographic research methods. My research explores care, work, volunteering, community, gender, class, feminism, social reproduction and the state. I’m especially engaged with feminist scholarship on the undervaluing of caring work (waged and unwaged) within health and social care systems.

I’m currently a co-researcher on a large research project exploring the impact of community-led organisations on health in deprived areas of the UK, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).

Recently, I completed a British Academy funded study on caring at home during the pandemic, which compared the experiences of home care workers, carers and volunteers linked to community support and mutual aid networks in southern England. My earlier ethnographic and qualitative research has been undertaken in the Czech Republic and the UK, funded by the UK Research Council, the British Academy and non-profit sector organisations.


Journal Articles

  • Read, R., 2024. Stay home, sustain lives: pandemic support networks and social reproduction. Sociology.
  • Read, R., Porter, S., Roy, M. and McGreal, J., 2024. The experience and impact of research from the perspective of community organisations: a critical realist exploration. Community Development Journal.
  • Read, R. and Roy, M., 2024. A Thematic Analysis of Social Policy Barriers and Facilitators to Nonprofit Activity: a UK-based study. Nonprofit Policy Forum.
  • Read, R., 2021. Unwaged labour intensified: Volunteer management and work targets at a UK charity. Sociological Review, 69 (1), 223-239.
  • 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., 2007. Labour and love: competing constructions of 'care' in a Czech nursing home. Critique of Anthropology, 27, 203-222.
  • 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., 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., 2024. ‘I don’t think they were clapping for me’. Home care workers during the covid-19 pandemic. In: Tyler, K. and Degnan, C., eds. Reflections on polarisation and inequalities in Brexit Pandemic Times: Fractured Lives in Britain.. Routledge.
  • 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.

PhD Students

  • Hazel Tennant. UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative: What are the barriers, challenges and opportunities for successful implementation?, (In progress)
  • Jo McGreal. What is the use of research to community led organisations: a critical realist exploration, (In progress)
  • Krista Sharp. Understanding the lived experiences of young carers and how they are shaped by policy and legislation, (In progress)
  • Lee-Ann Fenge, 2009. Releasing Potential? The Challenges of Widening Participation for Students, Further Education and Higher Education, (Completed)
  • Martin Handford, 2009. Homelessness and Citizenship: Exploring the Meaning and Negotiation of Place, Space and Geography for Rough Sleepers., (Completed)
  • William Haydock, 2009. Gender, Class and ‘Binge’ Drinking: An Ethnographic Study of the Night Time Economy in a Southern English Town., (Completed)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Introduction to Social Anthropology
  • Doing Ethnographic Research
  • Understanding Globalisation
  • Culture and Society

Invited Lectures

  • Stay home, sustain lives. Pandemic support network, Online, 11 Oct 2023 more
  • Volunteerism, work and the state, University of Pristina, Kosovo, 16 May 2022 more


  • Staying home, connecting care: Infrastructures and experiences of home care and voluntary support given and received at home during the UK Covid 19 lockdown and beyond. (British Academy, 01 Jul 2020). Completed
  • CommonHealth Assets: a realist evaluation of how community led organisations impact on health, wellbeing and health inequalities (National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR), 01 Jun 2020). In Progress
  • QR Collab MF Studentship 2018: Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative: A case study of the challenges, /barriers and opportunities affecting the implementation of standards in maternity hospital services. (Dorset Country Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, 17 Sep 2018). In Progress
  • What Does Brexit Mean for Social Care? (Bournemouth University, 09 Jan 2017). Completed
  • 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

External Responsibilities

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • The Sociological Review, Anonymous peer review, 01 Jan 2023

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • British Academy / Wellcome Trust symposium on using social sciences and humanities to understand health and social care during the pandemic (16 Jan 2024)
  • Moving towards successful social care for older people in the UK: where are we now? Where are we going?' Using social sciences and humanities to set the agenda for social care. (25 Jan 2022)

Conference Presentations

  • 7th Czech Association for Social Anthropology Biennial Conference, When ‘from below’ is also ‘from above’: mutual aid and solidarity in southern England during the coronavirus pandemic, 06 Oct 2023, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Transforming Care Conference, The Politics of Pandemic Mutual Aid, 26 Jun 2023, Sheffield, UK
  • International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) 16th Congress, "Living Uncertainty", The Politics of Pandemic Mutual Aid, 07 Jun 2023, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Centre for Seldom Heard Voices Research Centre - Research Seminar Series Seminar, Carers Experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic, 23 Feb 2022, Bournemouth University
  • International Conference 'Society after the Covid-19 pandemic: Challenges and Solutions', Reproductive labour in pandemic times: unwaged caring work in the UK’s social care system during the Covid-19 pandemic, 23 Nov 2021, University of Prishtina, Kosovo
  • British Sociological Association, Work Employment Society conference, Reproductive labour during pandemic times: Assessing the caring work of family carers, waged home care workers and volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020-1, 25 Aug 2021, online
  • International Workshop organised by Tallinn University, ‘(Remote) work and Covid: mobility, safety, and health at the time of the pandemic’, Caring during Covid: experiences of space, time and risk, 17 Jun 2021, online
  • European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference, Unwaged labour, volunteer work and social reproduction, 20 Jul 2020, Online
  • International workshop organised by the Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarian Studies (HAIT), Dresden, Germany, 'Care and Volunteering in Transformation', Continuities and ruptures of care: volunteering, civil society and maternalism in the Czech Republic., 13 Jul 2020, Online
  • International Workshop, 'Voluntary Work, Volunteering and Voluntary Associations in the Czech Republic and Central Europe, 1980-2000', Hospital volunteering, civil society and socialist maternalism in the Czech Republic in the 1990s and 2000s., 16 May 2019, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • British Sociological Association, Work, Employment, Society conference, Targeting volunteers’ productivity: managing unwaged workers in a UK charity, 12 Sep 2018, Belfast, UK.
  • 'Quality Matters' conference, hosted by Partners in Care, What Does Brexit Mean for Social Care?, 29 May 2017, Poole, Dorset, UK.
  • European Association of Social Anthropology, 14th Biennial Conference, Charity or Call Centre? Volunteered counselling and performance management, 20 Jul 2016, Department of Human Science for Education 'Riccardo Massa' and Department of Sociology and Social Research at University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan,, I
  • International conference, 'Women, Work and Value: Europe 1945-2015. The Value of Women’s Work: Between the Subjective and the Economic', Nurture, Care and Value/s. Women and caring work in Czechoslovakia / Czeck Republic, 24 Oct 2014, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, International Conference, '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 Anthropologists, 12th Biennial Conference, 'Uncertainty and Disquiet', Volunteering, Gender and Ideologies of Care in Czech Hospitals, 10 Jul 2012, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
  • Association of Social Anthropologists, Anthropology of Britain workshop, 'Welfare and Identity in Britain - Anthropology of Britain', Counselling Young People, Altruism and Performance Management: An Anthropological Study of Helpline Volunteers and Staff, 12 Jan 2012, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford
  • Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, International Conference, 'State and Social Security. Negotiating Deservingness and Avenues to Resources in Rural Areas', Resourcing goodwill: The funding and coordination of hospital volunteer projects in the Czech Republic, 30 Jun 2011, Halle, Germany
  • Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation and Berlin Medical Historical Museum, 'International Conference on Nursing History', Conflicts, care and compassion. The changing historical contours of nursing roles and patient need in the Czech Republic, 1993-2010, 12 May 2011, Berlin, Germany
  • Slovak Association of Social Anthropologists and Czech Association of Social Anthropologists, Joint International Conference, 'What is Capitalism and What Comes Next?', Humanising’ health care: money, gifts of labour and neoliberal welfare in Czech hospitals, 21 Sep 2009, Pezinok, Slovakia
  • Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zurich, Public Participation, Gender and Neoliberalism. The Anthropology of Volunteering in the Czech Republic, 01 Sep 2009, Switzerland
  • LGBT Lives: Sexual/Gender Dissidence Over the Life Course, Gay and Pleasant Land? (short film), 16 May 2009, Glasgow
  • Ostrava City Council conference, ‘Rozvoj Dobrovolnictví v Ostravě’ (‘The Development of Volunteering in Ostrava’), Volunteering, gender and healthcare. Perspectives from an anthropological study of volunteering, 16 Mar 2009, Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Aleksanteri Institute 8th Annual Conference, 'Welfare and Agency in Russia and Eastern Europe', Economies of care: Gender, welfare and volunteering in Czech hospitals, 10 Dec 2008, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Volunteer Centre of Thomayerova Faculty Hospital, 'Potenciál Dobrovolnických Programů ve Zdravotnických Zařízenýích' (‘The Potential of Hospital Volunteering’)., Volunteering in Hospitals from an Anthropological Perspective, 04 Oct 2008, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • European Association of Social Anthropologists, 10th Biennial Conference, ‘Care, Welfare and Mutuality: Anthropological Perspectives of Shifting Boundaries and Practices’., Volunteers Wanted! Emerging Discourses of Care, Gendered Citizenship and the Self in the Czech Non-Profit Sector., 26 Aug 2008, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, International Conference, 'Who Cares…And How? An Anthropological Enquiry into Support’, Social Security and Care After Socialism: Reconfigurations of Public and Private., 03 Jul 2008, Halle, Germany
  • British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies, Care, Social Security and the Post-Socialist ‘Withdrawing State’: New Perspectives, 29 Mar 2008, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, Annual Conference, Financing Goodwill? Cultures of Funding and Autonomy within the UK Voluntary Sector, 05 Sep 2007, University of Manchester, UK
  • 6th European Qualitative Research Conference in Health and Social Care., Under Observation. Visual Methodologies and qualitative Research in a Czech Prison., 04 Sep 2006, UK
  • Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, International Conference, 'Social Security in Religious Networks', Nuns, volunteers and social security. The gifting of care within Czech day care for the elderly infirm, 10 Nov 2005, Halle, Germany
  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 37th National Convention, Social Security and Care in Postsocialism, 03 Nov 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Association of Social Anthropologists Annual Conference, Locating flexibility: the creative production of music and care amongst Czech nurses and Greek gypsy musicians, 04 Apr 2005, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies Annual Conference, Mothers under observation: nurture care and surveillance in a Czech women’s prison, 02 Apr 2005, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
  • Mis/representation in the Media Conference, Collusions and misrepresentations: documentary film production in a Czech women’s prison, 17 Jun 2004, University of Manchester, UK


  • 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-),