Peggy Watson graduated in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Warwick. During the Cold War she spent a number of years at the Department of Sociology, University of Warsaw, and later at the Technical University of Wrocław, Poland. She has been an invited Member at the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton USA, as well as an invited Professor at the Gender and Culture Project at the Central European University in Budapest. In 2012 she was Visiting Professor in Sociology at IPSiR, University of Warsaw, and Visiting Research Fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. She also recently held an academic writing residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy. She is Senior Research Fellow and Director of Studies for HSPS at Homerton College.
Dr Watson’s research interests lie in the field of post cold war studies. She is interested in researching and theorising the political, cultural, social, and economic contexts that inform competing understandings of concepts such as citizenship, class and gender that have become key in the narration of transition to capitalist democracy after state socialism. She also works on the effects of neoliberal transformations on post-communist health and health care, and since 1991 has been carrying out a long-term study of transition in Nowa Huta/Kraków in Poland. Currently she is working on a project which focuses on class-formation and feminism in postsocialist Poland.
PhD applications in related areas are welcome
PDFs of some of Peggy Watson’s publications can be downloaded at:
P. Watson (ed) Health Care Reform and Globalisation: The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective, New York and London: Routledge, 2013 reviewed here
Sole-Authored Articles and Chapters
Catastrophic Citizenship and Discourses of Disguise: Aspects of Health Care Change in Poland, in P. Watson (ed) Health Care Reform and Globalisation: The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective, New York and London: Routledge, 2013.
Catastrophic Citizenship and Health Care in Poland, Normy, Dewiacje i Kontrola Społeczna, XIII, pp. 53-79, 2012.
Sackings Expose the Harsh Realities of Poland’s Junk Jobs, Guardian, 23 July 2012.
Fighting for Life: Health Care and Democracy in Capitalist Poland, Critical Social Policy, 31, 1, pp. 53-76, 2011.
Pinup Parliamentarians?! The Czech Republic’s Politics-Gone-Wild, Ms Magazine, Winter, 2011, p. 25.
Obywatelstwo dla Wszystkich? Polityka Zmiany w Ochronie Zdrowia w Polsce, Prace Katedry Socjologii Norm, Dewiacji i Kontroli Spolecznej IPSiR, t.XII, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2010.
Neoliberalizm, Demokracja i Ochrona Zdrowia, Prace Katedry Socjologii Norm, Dewiacji i Kontroli Spolecznej IPSiR, t. XI, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2009.
Inequalities of Health and Health Care in Transitional Europe, in D. Lane (ed) The Transformation of State Socialism, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007.
Unequalising Citizenship; the Politics of Poland’s Health Care Change, Sociology: Theory, Methodology and Marketing, 2, June 2007 (Ukrainian/Russian translation of 2006 Sociology paper).
Unequalising 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 (reprint of 2000 IFJP paper).
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 (Chinese translation of 1993 New Left Review paper).
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 (reprint of 1993 New Left Review paper).
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 (reprint of 1993 Sociology paper).
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.
Crisis and Transition: Polish Society in the 1980s, Oxford: Berg, 1987. (with Jadwiga Koralewicz and Ireneusz Białecki).
Social Control and the Law in Poland, Oxford: Berg, 1991. (with Jerzy Kwaśniewski).
The Ontology of Socialism: Jadwiga Staniszkis, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992 .
BRITISH COUNCIL AWARD for collaborative research project between the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick and the Institute for Social Prevention and Rehabilitation, University of Warsaw. Project Title: Drug Use in Poland and Britain: the Treatment Response, 1989.
NUFFIELD FOUNDATION for research project entitled: Regulating the Supply of Illicit Drugs: How an Analysis of the Polish Drug Market can Contribute to the British Policy Debate, 1991.
BRITISH KNOW-HOW FUND Consultancy project entitled Identifying and Responding to Local Needs, 1991.
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL for research project entitled Health and Economic Change in Poland. 1991-1994.
INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, PRINCETON USA Project Title: Gender and Globalisation. 1994-1995.
BRITISH KNOW-HOW FUND, Awarded jointly to Dr Peggy Watson, University of Cambridge, and Jan Killeen, Scottish Action on Dementia, for three-day seminar on Dementia in Poland, 1992.
NUFFIELD FOUNDATION, for research project entitled: Understanding the East-West Health Divide: Why Has Rising Mortality in Eastern Europe been Concentrated Among the Non-Married?, 1994.
THE JOHN D. AND CATHERINE T. MACARTHUR FOUNDATION (Chicago, USA), 1996. Award under the Research and Writing Grant Program for Individuals. Project Title: Civil Society and the Mobilisation of Difference in Eastern Europe. 1996.
ISAAC NEWTON TRUST, for research project entitled: Understanding the East-West Mortality Divide in Europe. 1997.
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL, Seminar Competition. Two Year International Seminar Series entitled: Health in Economies in Transition, 1997.
THE BRITISH ACADEMY, for research project entitled: Understanding Health in Eastern Europe: Mortality Differences in Nowa Huta 1974-1997. 1998-99.
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL research project entitled: Lay Theories of Health Risk During Political and Economic Change in Poland, 1998.
WELLCOME TRUST project entitled: Risks, Rights, Responsibility: A Comparative Study of Occupational Health and Metal Manufacture in Poland 1949-1989. 2002-2006.
ISAAC NEWTON TRUST Co-funding for project entitled: Health Care Change in Transitional Europe: Polish Localities and Meta-Transformation, 2007.
THE BRITISH ACADEMY, research project entitled: Critical Condition? Mental Health and Civil Society in Transitional Europe. 2009-2011.