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Prof Alison Phipps

Post:Professor of Gender Studies (Sociology, Cultural Studies, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies)
Other posts:Director of the Centre for Gender Studies (Centre for Gender Studies)
Location:FREEMAN CENTRE G45
Email:A.E.Phipps@sussex.ac.uk

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

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Biography

I have 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. I have previously lectured at the universities of Cambridge and Brighton, and have been at Sussex since October 2005. I was Chair of the Feminist and Women's Studies Association UK and Ireland, 2009-2012. You can visit my blog at https://genderate.wordpress.com/.

Role

I am Professor of Gender Studies, one of the university's most important interdisciplinary areas of teaching and research. I convene the flagship MA in Gender Studies and teach a gender-based portfolio of upper-undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Sociology. I also supervise MA, MSc and PhD students in areas related to my research interests. At School level, I lead the Equality and Diversity committee in Law, Politics and Sociology. 

Community and Business

I have engaged in extensive impact and engagement work around the issue of sexual harassment and violence against students. I advised NUS on the groundbreaking 2010 Hidden Marks survey, the first prevalence study of violence against women students. I am also co-author of That's What She Said, the 2013 report on women students' experiences of 'lad culture'. Since 2013 I have been working closely with NUS as part of the National Strategy Team for tackling 'lad culture' in higher education, as well as supporting individual institutions and students' unions on a consultancy basis. I am also on the advisory board of the 1752 Group, the UK's first lobby group on sexual misconduct towards students by staff. I gave evidence to the 2015-16 Universities UK task force on violence against women, harassment and hate crime, and continue to advise UUK on this issue. At local level, I sit on Brighton and Hove City Council's Violence Against Women and Girls Programme Board and am involved in a number of collaborative projects with rape crisis service Survivors' Network. I am an Ambassador for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement