Professor Sara Connolly

Professor of Personnel Economics at University of East Anglia (UEA)

Professor of Personnel Economics, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

Sara Connolly is Professor of Personnel Economics at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, where her research interests cover employment and personal wellbeing. She is currently participating in an ESRC-funded project "Work, Learning, and Wellbeing", which looks at themes such as how older workers can adapt to working later in life, how working practices can be changed to improve productivity and staff wellbeing, and what lifelong learning opportunities are needed to ensure people thrive in a rapidly changing economy. Other current projects include studies of careers, employee engagement and management in the EU civil service.

Sara's research has also previously looked at "Fatherhood in the 21st Century" (also funded by the ESRC), and "Gender Differences in the Professions" (funded by the European Research Council). She has presented her research to a variety of public sector organisations including the Department of Work and Pensions, the European Commission, and the Scottish Government. She has also presented a report on economic equality to the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and local businesses, and is a member of the group "Living Wage Norwich".

Sara was a member of the ESRC Grant Awarding Panel in Business and Economics (2013-2016). She has acted as a referee for multiple academic journals and grant-awarding bodies, and recently completed a four year term as an external examiner for the University of Glasgow's economics department.