The Gender research theme focuses on questions of gender and contemporary social change, building on a long-standing tradition at Bristol of research and teaching on gender and feminist theory, dating from the era of ‘second-wave’ feminism.
Work on gender is carried out across the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, with active researchers in the Graduate School of Education, School of Geographical Sciences (Human Geography), School of Law, School for Policy Studies and the Departments of Management, Politics and Sociology.
There are interdisciplinary collaborations with other parts of the University, in particular with the Department of Social Medicine and the Faculty of Arts, via the Gender Interdisciplinary Group (GIG). GIG organises seminar series and workshops on topics such as the future of feminisms, and emergent femininities and masculinities. It also has links with the World Universities Network Gender Studies Global Network.
The theme encompasses two major research groups:
Other policy work addresses issues of sex, gender, health and migration. Colleagues in the Department of Sociology focus on the gendering of work, family and parenting, sexuality and prostitution, and a group in the School of Geographical Sciences (human geography) leads work on feminist geography and neoliberalism.
Other activities include: