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Dr Lizzie Reed

Post:Associate Tutor (Media and Film)
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In 2016 I completed my PhD in Gender Studies (Humanities) My thesis, entitled Making Queer Families: Identity, LGBTQ Parents, Media, and Cultural Representation, showed how media and cultural representation was vital in suporting the work LGBTQ parents do to resource and stabilise identity narratives.

In addition to teaching at Sussex, I also work at UWE as a researcher on a project exploring bisexual people's experience of relationships.

I have organised a number of conferences and seminar series at Sussex which promoted the work of PhD researchers in areas relating to gender and sexuality, cultural and media studies.


Associate Tutor in School of Media, Film and Music

Member of the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies


2016: PhD in Gender Studies (Humanities), University of Sussex

2015: Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2013: Post Graduate Certificate in Social Research Methods, University of Sussex.

2007-2008: MA in Sexual Dissidence in Literature and Culture, Merit, University of Sussex.

2003-2006: BA (Hons) in English Literature, Upper Second Class, Lancaster University.



Invited Speaker:

Reed, E. (2016) ‘The Heterogeneity of Family: Responses to Representational Invisibility by LGBTQ Parents’. Paper presented to British Psychological Society New Frontiers of Family Seminar Series: Beyond the Non-Nuclear Family: Non-Nuclear Family Planning, Birkbeck University, London. 20th April.

Recent Conference Papers:

Hayfield, N., C. Campbell and E. Reed (2017) ‘An interview study of bisexual people’s lived experiences of intimate relationships’. Paper presented to British Psychological Society Annual Conference. Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton. 3-5th May.

Reed, E. (2017) ‘Radical at Home? LGBQ Women Reconfiguring Meanings of Domesticity and Activism’. Paper presented to Lesbian Lives: Lesbian Love/s. University of Brighton, Brighton. 24-25th February.

Reed, E., N. Hayfield, and C. Campbell (2017) ‘Bisexual Women’s Relationships: Bisexual Identity, Relationships, and Recognition’. Paper presented to Lesbian Lives: Lesbian Love/s. University of Brighton, Brighton. 24-25th February.

Reed, E. (2015) ‘Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Mothers Crafting Identity Narratives with Media Representations’. Paper presented to Motherhood and Culture. Maynooth University, Maynooth. 15-17th June.

Reed, E. (2015) ‘Non-Heterosexual Parents Negotiating Queer from 'Normal”’ Paper presented to Roles: A Gender and Sexuality Forum Conference. University of Birmingham, Birmingham. 21st May.

Reed, E. (2014) Collating “Diverse Little Pictures”: LGBTQ Parents Drawing Family Portraits with Media Representations’. Paper presented to BRAKC Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory. Birkbeck University, London. 10-11th July.

Organisational Roles:


Organiser for Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies' Queer, Feminist, and Social Media Praxis Workshop, University of Sussex, 17th May 2013 

Organiser for Media, Film and Music Doctoral Day, University of Sussex, 7th June 2013.  (We successfully secured Doctoral School RLI Funding for this event).

Co-ordinator/organiser for NGender Conference, University of Sussex, 13th May 2014

Seminar Series:

Organiser for The School of Media Film and Music's Student Led Research in Progress Seminars from January 2013 until December 2013

Organiser for NGender seminar series from September 2013 to September 2014


Co-ordinator of MFM PhD Peer Mentoring Scheme 2014/2015 

Post Graduate Student Ambassador, University of Sussex Postgraduate Open Days, 2015-present