Logo close icon


Issues of gender equality and feminist politics are more hotly debated than ever before. From Caitlin Moran's best-selling book How to be a Woman to the mainstream attention garnered by websites such as everydaysexism.com, debates about what feminism is and how feminism should be practiced in the 21st century have engaged academics and the public. Similarly, sexual identities, representations, work and leisure practices are the focus of intense interest for cultural commentators and policy makers. 

Academic study is rapidly developing more diverse and collaborative ways of understanding gender and sexual identities and experiences. Our network draws together researchers who specialise in the study of gender and sexuality, drawing on critical gender and sexuality studies.

Key themes


Intergenerational issues; women's organisations; feminist movements; post-feminism; new feminisms and forms of activism; feminism and technologies.

Gender, sexuality and the public sphere

Gender, migration and diaspora; gender, place and space; gendered work cultures; sex work; language and parliament; gender-based violence; gender politics in neo-liberal Britain and its global relations; women's writing and cultural production.

Sex, gender and sexuality in media, literature and promotional cultures

TV drama and documentary; PR and advertising; erotica; pornographies; popular genre fictions; crash cultures; horror; regulation and spectatorship; transgressive and controversial media. 

Our work has been funded by AHRC, ESRC, The Wellcome Trust and JISC. We welcome research students in our specialist areas, as well as proposals for research and research collaborations.

In this section

Back to top