Peggy Watson

Emeritus Fellow
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Year Joined Homerton: 
Research Interests: 

Current Research Projects:

I am currently working on a book project on Feminism and the International Gender Equality Regime in Poland

Teaching And Professional Interests: 
  • Post cold war studies
  • The Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Critical gender studies
  • MA (Psychology) University of Edinburgh
  • PhD (Sociology) University of Warwick

Selected Awards:

  • Research Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland 2013-2015.
  • Research  Fellow Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland 2012.
  • Rockefeller Foundation Writer’s Residency, Bellagio Center, Italy, 2012.
  • Visiting Professor in Sociology, IPSiR, University of Warsaw, Poland,  2011.
  • Wellcome Trust Research Grant (2002-2006) – (Risks, Rights, Responsibility: A Comparative Study of Occupational Health and Metal Manufacture in Poland 1949-1989)
  • Invited Fellow, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton USA, 1994-95;- (Gender and Globalisation: Understanding the Implications of Change in Eastern Europe)
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, USA) Award under the Research and Writing Grant Program for Individuals 1996 – (Civil Society and the Mobilisation of Difference in Eastern Europe).  
  • First Prize, Eileen David Illtyd Essay Competition, University College of Swansea/United Nations Association, 1982 (Was Solidarity a Demand for Human Rights?)


  • Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton USA
  • British Sociological Association
  • The Politics of Morality in Poland: The Church, the State, and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland (Joanna Mishtal),  The Slavonic and East European Review, 94, 2, April 2016. (review)
  • Catastrophic Citizenship and Health Care in Poland, in P. Watson (ed) Health Care Reform and Globalisation: The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective, Routledge, 2013
  • Catastrophic Citizenship and Health Care in Poland, Normy, Dewiacje i Kontrola Społeczna, XIII, 2012,  pp. 53-79.
  • Fighting for Life: Health Care and Democracy in Capitalist Poland, Critical Social Policy, 31, 1,. 2011, pp. 53-76. 
  • ‘Calendar Girl’ Parliamentarians?’ Ms. Magazine, Winter, 2010.
  • Czech Female MPs Reduce Politics by Posing as Pin-Ups, The Guardian, 2 September, 2010.
  • Health Reform: Poland’s Painful Path, BMJ 340:c2837, 2010.
  • Obywatelstwo dla Wszystkich? Polityka Zmiany w Ochronie Zdrowia w Polsce, Prace Katedry Socjologii Norm, Dewiacji i Kontroli Społecznej IPSiR, t.XII, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2010.
  • Hospital Privatisation in Poland, Eurohealth, 15, 4, pp. 28-31, 2009.
  • Neoliberalizm, Demokracja, Ochrona Zdrowia, Prace Katedry Socjologii Norm, Dewiacji i Kontroli Spolecznej IPSiR, t.XI, Warsaw: University of Warsaw,  pp.7-31, 2009.
  • Inequalities of Health and Health Care in Transitional Europe, in D. Lane (ed) The Transformation of State Socialism, Palgrave/ Macmillan, 2007.
  • Unequalizing Citizenship; the Politics of Poland’s Health Care Change, Sociology: Theory, Methodology and Marketing, 2, June 2007 (Ukrainian and Russian translation of 2006 publication).
  • Unequalizing Citizenship: The Politics of Poland’s Health Care Change, Sociology, 40, 6, pp.1079-1096, 2006.
  • Stress and Social Change in Poland, Health and Place, 12, pp. 372-382, 2006.
  • Rethinking Transition: Globalism, Gender and Class, in J.W. Scott and D. Keates (eds) Going Public: Feminism and the Shifting Boundaries of the Private Sphere, Champaign and Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004.
  • Gender and Politics in Postcommunism, in K. Daskalova and  K. Slavova (eds) Women’s Identities and Representations in Eastern Europe, Sofia: Polis 2004 (in Bulgarian).
  • Transformacja Ladu Społecznego w Polsce a Problem Zdrowotności (na przykładzie Nowej Huty), Państwo i Społeczeństwo, IV, 2, 2004.
  • Nowa Huta: The Politics of Postcommunism and the Past, in  J. Edmunds and B. S. Turner (eds)  Narrative, Generational Consciousness, and Politics Rowman and Littlefield 2002.
  • Gender and Politics in Postcommunism, in G. Jähnert, J. Gohrisch, D. Hahn, H.M. Nickel, I. Peinl, K. Schäfgen (eds) Gender in Transition in Eastern and Central Europe: Proceedings, im Auftrag des Zentrums für Interdisziplinäre Frauenforschung an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin: trafo verlag, pp.37-48, 2001.
  • Education: Eastern Europe, in C. Kramerae and D. Spender (eds) Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women, New York: Routledge, 2000.
  • Education: Commonwealth of Independent States, in C. Kramerae and D. Spender (eds) Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women, New York: Routledge, 2000.
  • Rethinking Transition: Globalism, Gender and Class, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2, 2,  pp.185-213, 2000
  • Politics, Policy and Identity: EU Eastern Enlargement and East-West Differences, Journal of European Public Policy, Special Issue: Women, Power and Public Policy, 7, 4, pp. 369-84, 2000.
  • Theorizing Feminism in Postcommunism, in A. Bull, H. Diamond and R. Marsh (eds)
  • Feminism and Women's Movements in Contemporary Europe, London: Macmillan, 2000.
  • The Relationship Between Health and Marital Status During Transition in Poland, Eurohealth, 6, 1, Special Issue: Focus on Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, pp. 50-52, 2000.
  • Antwort an Hanna Behrend, Das Argument: Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften, 42 (1), 234, p. 93, 2000.
  • Geschlechter- und Klassenverhältnisse im Postkommunismus, Das Argument: Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften, 41 (5), 232,  pp. 673-686, 1999.
  • Eastern Europe’s Silent Revolution: Gender, in J. Lovenduski (ed) Feminism and Politics, Volume II, International Library of Politics and Comparative Government, Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999. (Reprint of 1993 Sociology paper)
  • Health Difference in Eastern Europe: Preliminary Findings from the Nowa Huta Study, Social Science and Medicine, 46, 4, pp.549-558, 1998.
  • The Rise of Masculinism in Eastern Europe, in Yinhe Li (ed) Classics of Feminism, Beijing: Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997 (in Chinese).
  • Civil Society and the Politics of Difference in Eastern Europe, in J.W. Scott,  C. Kaplan and D. Keates (eds) Transitions, Environments, Translations, New York: Routledge, 1997.
  • (Anti)Feminism after Communism, in A. Oakley and J. Mitchell (eds) Who's Afraid of Feminism?, London: Penguin, 1997.
  • The Invisible Hand Vanishes, Times Higher Educational Supplement, March 21, 1997.
  • The Rise of Masculinism in Eastern Europe, in M. Threlfall (ed) Mapping the Women's Movement, London: Verso, 1996.
  • Marriage and Mortality in Eastern Europe, in C. Hertzman, M. Bobak and S. Kelly (eds) The East-West Life Expectancy Gap in Europe: Environmental and Non-Environmental Determinants, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996.
  • Explaining Rising Mortality Among Men in Eastern Europe, Social Science and Medicine, 41, 7, pp. 923-934, 1995.
  • Zivilgesellschaft und Geschlechterverhältnisse in Osteuropa, Das Argument, 211, 5, (September/October) pp. 721-730, 1995.
  • Supply and Demand: Polish Lessons, in N. South (ed) Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice Vol.I, International Library of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Penology, Aldershot: Dartmouth, 1994. (reprint of 1991 Druglink article).
  • Cicha Rewolucja w Europie Wschodniej, Polityka Społeczna, XXI, 3, March, pp. 21-24, 1994.
  • The Rise of Masculinism in Eastern Europe, New Left Review, 198, pp. 71-82, 1993.
  • Eastern Europe's Silent Revolution: Gender, Sociology, 27, 3, pp. 471-487, 1993.
  • Osteuropa: Die Lautlose Revolution der Geschlechterverhältnisse, Das Argument, 202, November/December, pp. 859-874, 1993.
  • Opiates, Amphetamines and Aids in Poland, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Report, 1, 9, pp. 67-71, 1992.
  • Entre Democratie et Marché: les Usages de la Drogue en Pologne, in A. Ehrenberg and P. Mignon (eds) Drogues: Politique et Societé, Paris: Le Monde Editions et Editions Descartes, pp. 193-211, 1992.
  • Gender Relations, Education and Social Change in Poland, Gender and Education, 4, 1-2, pp.127-147, 1992.
  • Drugs and Aids: Social Policy and Social Control in Poland, in J. Kwaśniewski and P. Watson (eds) Social Control and the Law in Poland, 1991.
  • Supply and Demand: Lessons from Poland, Druglink, 6, 4, pp. 12-13, 1991.
  • Can Low Pay Damage Your Health? The New Review, 5, 1990.
  • Społeczno-Gospodarcze Uwarunkowania Narkomanii w Polsce, Alkoholizm i Narkomania, Winter Issue, pp. 148-161, 1990.
  • Drug Use and Policy in Poland in the 1980s, International Journal of Health Services, 19, 3, pp.443-456, 1989.


  • Health Care Reform and Globalisation: The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective, Routledge, 2013. (ed)
  • Promoting Women and Research, Durham: BSA, 1994. (with L. McKie and J. Holland).
  • The Ontology of Socialism: Jadwiga Staniszkis, Oxford University Press, 1992 (ed./trans.).
  • Social Control and the Law in Poland, Berg Publishers, 1991.  (with Jerzy Kwaśniewski).
  • Crisis and Transition: Polish Society in the 1980s, Berg Publishers, 1987. (with Jadwiga Koralewicz and Ireneusz Białecki).

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Forthcoming Publications:

  • Performing Middleclassness: Neo-colonialism, Feminism, and Citizenship Struggles in Poland, COLLeGIUM: Studies Across the Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Special Issue: Citizenship under Construction. Affects, Politics and Practices. To appear January 2017.