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 four interlinked strands: gender and the law: gender, crime and violence; gender and the body; and gender theory and politics. Faculty and postgraduate students situated within these research groups are able to network with each other and develop exciting collaborative projects. 

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 a broad portfolio of taught postgraduate programmes related to gender: MAs in Gender Studies, Gender and Media, Gender and Development, Gender, Violence and Conflict and Sexual Dissidence in Literature and Culture. 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. The Centre also hosts the national PECANS (Postgraduate and Early Career Academics Network of Scholars) network of research students and early career academics working in the fields of Law, Gender and Sexuality. 

Sussex research has always had an activist slant, and Gender Studies is no exception. Faculty and students are incredibly active in the community and the university also 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 focused on 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 for Gender Studies.

As well as being interesting, studying Gender opens up good employment opportunities. Gender Studies graduates go into a variety of professions within fields such as the media, policy, non-governmental organisations, teaching, the civil service, the arts and trade unions.

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