We have a distinguished history of groundbreaking international and interdisciplinary research on gender, sexuality and inequality.

Our research expertise examines gender and sexuality in the context of law, health and medicine, migration, family studies and food.

We continue to reshape the field through empirically robust and theoretically driven research. Our work engages with the sociological imagination in topics that include class, age, ethnicity, embodiment and everyday life practices across a range of international contexts.

The department is also home to the world-renowned Centre for Women's Studies which boasts collaborations with colleagues in China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Sweden, Finland and South Africa. 

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Dr Wes Lin
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
+44 (0)1904 32 2636


  • Dr Siân Beynon-Jones
  • The politics of expertise concerning reproductive and other new life science technologies, the construction of human/non-human boundaries.
  • Dr Roxanne Connelly
  • Social stratification, sociology of education, quantitative research methods.
  • Dr Clare Jackson
  • How gender and sexuality are produced and oriented to in ordinary social interaction.
  • Professor Stevi Jackson
  • Critical studies of heterosexuality, theorising the sociality of sexuality, sexual pleasure and the sexual self.
  • Dr Steph Lawler
  • Identities and inequalities around gender, class and generation.
  • Dr Xiaodong Lin
  • The study of gender and migration, particularly on Chinese internal and transnational migration.
  • Professor Vicki Robinson
  • Feminist theory, gender and sexualities (especially heterosexualities), men and masculinities, fashion and footwear cultures, risk sports, feminist sociology of everyday life.
  • Kun Li
  • Exploring elderly Chinese people's view of love, intimacy and relationships.
  • Morgane Donse
  • Pushing towards the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships in the Commonwealth: a comparative study of the successes and failures of promoting equality for LGBT people in international relations.
  • Christine Jackson-Taylor
  • Sexuality and Religion: A qualitative exploration of the comforts and conflicts of living intersectional identities.
  • Bethany Robertson
  • Gender identities (in farming and rural life) and human-animal relations (livestock, pet-keeping and identity work).
  • Dimitra Mouriki
    Sexual and gender-based violence against refugee women: A salient characteristic in the Mediterranean regugee crisis.

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Dr Wes Lin
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
+44 (0)1904 32 2636