Centre for Gender Studies


Research in Gender Studies takes place over three interlinked streams: gender, law, crime, and violence; gender, identity and the body; and gender theory, politics and pedagogy. Researchers from across the university are networked via these groups to work on exciting collaborative projects.

The Centre's research into 'lad cultures' in higher education and the links to sexual harassment and violence was the subject of an impact case study for REF 2014. Colleagues from the Centre are also involved in the Sussex Hate Crime Project funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the European Commission-funded project Higher Education Internationalisation and Mobility: Inclusions, Equalities and Innovations

Faculty publish widely in a variety of leading journals (Sociology, Sexualities, Ethnography, Critical Social Policy, Feminist Review, British Journal of Criminology) and with various major publishers (Princeton University Press, Columbia University Press, Cambridge University Press, Routledge, Polity).

Each term there are a variety of gender-related events (keynote lectures, research seminars, workshops) taking place across the university, organised around current faculty projects or high-profile external speakers and focused on contemporary gender issues. Past events hosted by the Centre include a workshop on stigma around/in the sex industry delivered by the Sex Worker Open University, and a talk given by Juliet Jacques entitled 'A Transgender Journey'.