Dr Gillian MarksPrincipal Lecturer

Research Interests

Key research areas are Applied Social Psychology, with close links to Occupational and Health Psychology.

Specific topics include: body image, Work-Life balance, educational and career choices, attitudes and the interplay between emotions and performance at work.

Research Projects

1 October 2011-31 May 2012: Research project funded by Estates at the University of Bradford (£19,353):
"Work-life Balance and Well-being: A pilot study of flexible working practices". Principle Investigator: Dr Gillian Marks, in collaboration with Professor Christine Horrocks, Dr. Jo Ashby and Diane Redfern.
This project was designed to monitor the introduction of a compressed hours scheme within the Estates Department at the University of Bradford. An innovative method of data collection was developed to capture staff reflections. Final report submitted. Further academic publications using the data that was collected are planned.

1 September 2009-31 March 2011: Higher Education Academy (£12,458):
"Facilitating and Evidencing Group Work within Undergraduate Psychology Degrees". Principal Investigator: Dr Gillian Marks, in collaboration with Professor Peter Hartley.
This project was designed to audit and develop the use of group work across all Psychology degrees offered by the Psychology Division at the University of Bradford. Final report submitted.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

Waumsley, J. A., Houston, D. M., & Marks, G. (2010) "What about us? Measuring the Work-Life Balance of people who do not have children", Review of European Studies, 2:2, pp. 3-17

Conference Presentations

Ashby, J., Redfern, D., Horrocks, C. and Marks, G. (2013) "Working Practices, Work-Life Balance and Well-being: Investigating employees experiences of compressed hours", Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Chester, 9-11 January

Marks G. and Waters G (2012) "Personal Development Planning: Facilitating student reflection", University of Bradford Learning and Teaching Conference, July

Marks, G. (2011) "Factors That Shape High Achieving Women's Intentions to Balance Career and Family Roles", BPS Work-Life Balance Working Group Conference "Work-Life Balance Needs and Solutions: A focus on Diversity and Difference", 10 June, London

Marks, G. Hartley, P, and Durrans, R. (2010) "Developing the Use of Group Work in Undergraduate Psychology Degrees", Poster presented at the Higher Education Academy Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference, 30 June - 2 July, Edinburgh Napier University

Deighton-Smith, N., Fawkner, H. Marks, G. and Fylan, F. (2010) "Thematic analysis of the messages regarding pregnancy and body image, and pregnancy and exercise in popular women's magazines and newspapers in the UK", Poster presented at the Appearance Matters 4 Conference 22-23 June, University of the West of England

Gillian Marks


Psychology Department
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 247 2546

Email: g.marks@mmu.ac.uk