Centre for Gender Studies

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Dr Alison Phipps

Post:Director (Centre for Gender Studies)
Other posts:Senior Lecturer (Sociology, Cultural Studies, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies)
Location:Friston Building Fr-264

Telephone numbers
Internal:7689 or 8449
UK:01273 877689 or 01273 678449
International:+44 1273 877689 or +44 1273 678449

Research expertise:
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Alison has a BA in politics/modern history and an MA in political theory from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in the sociology of education from the University of Cambridge.  She has previously lectured at the universities of Cambridge and Brighton, and has been at Sussex since October 2005.

She is Director of the Centre for Gender Studies, which has 16 core faculty and a large group of affiliates who engage in gender research and teaching and are well known in their fields. There are also over 100 PhD students studying gender-related topics in disciplines across the University, who are networked via the Centre.

Alison was Chair of the Feminist and Women's Studies Association UK and Ireland, 2009-2012. 

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Director of Gender Studies
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

(on maternity leave academic year 2013-14)

Community and Business

Alison currently sits on Brighton and Hove City Council's Violence Against Women and Girls Programme Board, and advises the trustee board of local rape crisis service Survivors' Network. She advised NUS on the 2010 Hidden Marks survey on students and sexual violence and is co-author of That's What She Said, the 2013 report on women students' experiences of 'lad culture'. She is currently a member of the NUS National Strategy Team for tackling 'lad cultures' in higher education. She is an Ambassador for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement