Jane Pilcher regularly provides consultancy to businesses, organisations and the media, and reviews manuscripts for publishers. If you need someone to give you sociological insights about gender (identities, (in)equalities, feminism), about generations (from Baby Boomers to Millennials/Generation Y and beyond) or about names (baby names, forenames, surnames, nicknames), then get in touch.

Recent activities


In April 2017, Jane appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour to talk about forenames, alongside the actor Jane Asher and the novelist Charlotte Mendelson.

Jane is working with  Leicester Ageing Together  in the development of a community researcher programme which will evaluate issues that matter to older people.


In September 2016, Jane appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed programme to talk about personal names and identity.


In August 2015, Jane was quoted by The Telegraph in a news article on hyphenated first names for babies about the trend in the UK for parent to choose hyphenated first names for their children.


In April 2014, Jane was invited by the Campaign for Social Science to join a group of experts who worked to produce a report making the case for social sciences in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.


In January 2013, Jane Pilcher was interviewed live for a BBC Radio Leicester segment. Dr Pilcher was asked to comment on a report by parenting website Netmums that the hardest part of parenting is when a child is aged 13. In February 2013, Jane’s idea Social Worlds in 100 Objects was launched by the University of Leicester, via the public engagement website Leicester Exchanges. Jane’s own pieces use the object of the rocking horse to discuss childhood as a stage in the life course and the clock to discuss the social construction of time. In April 2013, following the death of Margaret Thatcher, Jane wrote a short article about the former Prime Minister’s status as a woman politician for Leicester Exchanges.


In October 2012, Jane contributed to the Leicester Exchanges with a piece entitled ‘ Girl Power (….and Responsibility, to coincide with the first ever United Nations International Day of the Girl.


In January 2011, Jane contributed to a BBC Radio 4 programme, Archive, on the topic of sex education in schools. Also in 2011, Jane was asked by the Department for Education to submit her journal articles on children’s consumption of clothing to the Bailey Review of the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood. In March 2011, Jane contributed to the Leicester Exchanges, with a piece entitled ‘Older People: the big citizens and social superglue of British society?’. Read it at www.leicesterexchanges.com. Jane Pilcher appeared on BBC Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour programme (27 September 2011) talking about childhood and fashion. You can listen at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0150p5n. On September 30th 2011, Jane appeared on Newstalk FM, a national radio show in Ireland, talking about children and fashion. Jane Pilcher was interviewed about children and fashion for a feature entitled ‘Child’s Play?’ which was published in the ‘Style’ section of The Sunday Times on 23 October 2011. She was also interviewed for an article entitled ‘Branded by bullies’ published in the ‘Society’ section of the Glasgow Herald on 29 November 2011.


In 2010, Jane Pilcher was appointed as the academic sociology consultant to Genergraphics Inc., a US marketing company specializing in generational market research, in the publication of their book, Genergraphics. In December 2010, Jane spoke on BBC Radio Leicester about the ageing of the population as part of the pan-BBC focus
on later life and living longer.





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