Gender and Sexuality

Pathway Leader:

Jasmine Gideon

Team Members:

Tracey Reynolds

Afaf Jabiri

Jessica Ringrose

Sean Brady

Sophie Chamas

Prospective candidates can contact the pathway leader or team members for further information.

Training Routes

See table below for training routes and institutions available for this pathway.  

ESRC studentships at the UBEL DTP are structured around the following routes: 1+3, +3, 2+3 and +4 funding. Please note that not all routes are available in all institutions or pathways. Click here for further information on funding routes. 

PathwayInstitutionTraining Route (1+3)(2+3)(+3)(+4)
Gender and SexualityBirkbeckGender and Sexualityx x 
Gender and SexualityUCLGender and Sexualityx x 
Gender and SexualityUELGender and Sexualityx x 
Gender and SexualitySOASGender and Sexualityx x 
Gender and SexualityGreenwichGender and Sexualityx x 

This pathway covers five UBEL institutions, including two pockets of excellence at UEL and Greenwich. The field is highly interdisciplinary with a particular focus on equality, diversity and inclusion. There are linkages with almost all UBEL pathways and groups and strong alignment with priorities of ESRC, NERC, BBSRC and AHRC.

Gender and Sexuality research in the UCL, Bloomsbury, East London and Greenwich DTP is vibrant and diverse. It is characterised by interdisciplinarity and the innovative use of mixed methods.  Expertise within the DTP is provided in the areas of gender and: migration and international development (Birkbeck, SOAS, UCL, UEL, UOG);  feminist political ecology and economy (UoG); psychosocial studies and sociology (Birkbeck, UCL, UEL, UOG); law (Birkbeck, SOAS, UOG); media and cultural studies (Birkbeck, SOAS, UCL, UEL); sexuality and history (Birkbeck, UCL, UEL); education and childhood studies (UCL, UEL, UOG). Cross-cutting research themes include issues of gender in social movements, citizenship and participation; the life-course, care, paid and unpaid work, love and home; space, place, nation and the environment, green caring transition; women, gender and technology; women’s land rights; just futures; gender and sustainability, climate change; ‘race’/ethnicity, migration, diaspora and belonging; violence, state violence and war; learning and higher education; human rights, journalism and new media; embodiment; communities and collective life; empire and postcoloniality; religion. The consortium members have particular regional expertise in Africa, Asia/Pacific region, the Middle East and Latin America.

The Gender and Sexuality pathway offers 1+3 routes at Birkbeck and UCL IOE, and +3 routes at Birkbeck, SOAS, UCL, UOG and UEL.  These routes provide robust research training with opportunities for students to follow their diverse interests and training needs. The Birkbeck-based 1+3 route is linked to the MSc Social Research The UCL IOE-based route is linked to the Education, Gender and International Development programmes, which are part of IOE’s extensive education-related provision. Students entering the +3 routes will have already completed a masters involving social science research and will have received good preliminary training in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as having some background in gender/ sexuality issues.  All routes are offered in full-time and part-time modes; the taught component of the Birkbeck-based route is available in the evenings.

Potential PhD students should apply first to the department of their choice using the normal application procedure.


Studentship Competitions

UBEL offers fully funded and co-funded ESRC studentships. Follow link below to discover current opportunities.