Gendered Lives Mini-Profile: Faye McCarthy

Faye is currently in the third year of her PhD in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University. Her research focuses on exploring the experiences of Ab Initio pilots and the shaping of their gender and professional identities. Upon completion, she hopes the thesis will be used to inform and influence working practices of pilot training schools and airlines in hope to promote more women into piloting.
As an aviation enthusiast, she studied Air Transport Management. Previous research has identified the factors influencing the decision to pursue a pilot career and examined the possible effects of women pilots’ token status. Key areas of interest include gender, organisations, inequalities in society and qualitative research methods. Faye regularly attends events and conferences aimed at promoting women in STEM and has received grants to attend international conferences for scholarly activity in the fields of feminism, gender or women’s studies.

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