Jane Pilcher is a sociologist based in Leicestershire, UK. She is an expert on gender and on generations and is a leading authority on the sociology of names.

Recognised as a thought leader, Jane regularly provides consultancy to businesses, organisations and journalists, and her media appearances include radio and television, including BBC’s The One Show, Woman’s Hour and Thinking Allowed. She is an accomplished public speaker and has given keynote and invited lectures to a range of audiences, including at media briefings, conferences, universities and schools. Jane is the author of nine books as well as numerous articles in academic journals, along with many other publications.

“As a sociologist, I aim to educate and inspire people to reach their potential as informed and reflective human beings, able to transform both their own lives and the lives of people they encounter. I love Peter Berger’s claim that the ‘first wisdom of sociology is this: things are not what they seem'”.

Jane is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She has a PhD in sociology from Cardiff University, is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught at Cardiff University, the University of Leicester and Nottingham Trent University. She is member of the British Sociological Association and of the Campaign for Social Science and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Sociological Research Online.