Centre for Gender Studies

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Welcome to the Centre for Gender Studies

Gender is a key theme for Sussex research and many of our faculty are leaders in this field. We research and teach on gender issues in a variety of schools and departments, which makes for fresh and innovative debates and diverse approaches to teaching and learning. We also have a strong policy, community and media presence via a number of high-profile research projects. The Centre for Gender Studies, which draws all this expertise together, is based in the School of Law, Politics and Sociology and led by co-Directors Alison Phipps, Mark Walters and Tamsin Hinton-Smith.

Research within Gender Studies is organised via three interlinked streams: gender, law, crime and violence; gender, identity and the body; and gender theory, politics and pedagogy. Faculty and postgraduate students within these streams are able to network with each other and develop exciting collaborative projects. 

Sussex research has always had an activist slant, and Gender Studies is no exception. Faculty and students are active in the community and the university has a thriving Women's Group (open to all self-identified women) and Feminist Society (open to students of all genders). The Sussex Students' Union was among the first in the country to take part in the NUS 'I Heart Consent' campaign tackling sexual and gender-based violence. Local organisations RISE (previously the Women's Refuge Project) and Survivors' Network are both Associate Members of the Centre, along with national organisations Galop and the Sex Worker Open University.

At undergraduate level, courses related to gender issues are taught in many disciplines and departments including Sociology, Anthropology, Media & Film, English Literature and International Relations.

Sussex offers five distinctive MA programmes in gender and sexualities: Gender Studies, Gender and Media, Sexual Dissidence in Literature and Culture, Gender and Development, and Gender, Violence and Conflict. There is also a gender pathway on the MSc in Social Research Methods which prepares students for PhD research.

There are over 100 PhD students across the university working on gender-related topics, some registered on one of the two PhD programmes in Gender Studies and some registered elsewhere. This community is brought together through the Centre for Gender Studies, and currently has its own seminar series and annual conference.

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