Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Gender & Sexuality Research Cluster

The Gender & Sexuality Research Cluster brings together members of the University community whose work involves Gender and Sexuality.

Our research spans a range of areas relating to gender and sexuality in politics and society. We seek to understand and challenge gender inequality around the world and to contest the ongoing subordination of gender and sexual minorities. We are committed to ‘mainstreaming’ gender concerns in higher education curricula and seek to work together with students on this issue.

This is an interdisciplinary cluster bringing together PoLIS staff in the fields of political science, policy analysis, political sociology, cultural studies, international relations and security. We also serve as a network for staff researching in areas relating to gender and sexuality across the University.

What we do

We organise a range of activities that include:

  • a seminar series running over both Semester of each academic session
  • support conferences
  • presentations

The Cluster holds a regular reading group. The next reading group will be on Thursday 20th September 2018, 13.15, Claverton rooms. Contact Dr Fran Amery for further details. 


Name Research interests Supervision areas

Peter Allen

Reader in Comparative Politics, PoLIS

  • Political representation
  • Political attitudes
  • Political ambition
  • Political representation
  • Political attitudes
  • Political ambition

Fran Amery

Lecturer in British Politics, PoLIS

  • Abortion
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Equality policy
  • Risk and resilience
  • Intersectionality in social movements and public policy
  • Gender and public policy
  • Reproductive and sexual politics
  • Social movements
  • Public health policy
  • Feminism

Catherine Butler

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology

  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Sexual and gender minorities
  • Intersectionality
  • Transgender

Sandra Daroczi

Teaching Fellow, PoLIS


  • Contemporary women's writing
  • Women and humour
  • Women and resistance
  • Motherhood
  • Gender in France

Cara Davis

Lecturer / Clinical Tutor / Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychology

  • Transitions
  • Health Service improvement
  • Body image (and scarring)
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Clinical health
  • Psychology - long term health conditions (lifespan)
  • Paediatric health
  • Transitions
  • Health Service improvement

Benoit Dillet

Teaching Fellow, PoLIS

  • French political theory
  • Philosophy of technology

Isabelle Engeli

Reader in Comparative Politics and Policy, PoLIS


  • Gendering policy attention and action
  • The Politics of Gender Equality
  • Policy Implementation
  • Gender Equality in the Workplace
  • The Politics of Reproduction and Sexuality Comparative Methods
  • Public Policy and Governance
  • Party Competition and Policy Change
  • Gender, politics and policy
  • Gender Equality+,
  • Sexual Equality+
  • Regulation of Biotechnology
  • Morality Politics
  • Policy process, agenda setting and policy change
  • Comparative public policy
  • Party competition and policy change
  • Religion, politics and policy in Western Europe

Nancy Harding

Professor of Human Resource Management, School of Management

  • Working Lives
  • Gender and work
  • Philosophy and gender
  • Critical approaches to understanding the workplace and working lives, and how gender is constructed and enacted at work.

Sophia Hatzisavvidou

Lecturer in Comparative Politics, PoLIS

  • Political theory
  • Political Communication
  • Rhetorical Analysis
  • Political Ecology
  • Gender and Environment
  • Environmental Justice Movements
  • Social and Political Change

Paul Higate

Professor in Conflict and Security, PoLIS

  • Military masculinities
  • Militarisation
  • Gender relations
  • Military and militarised gender relations
  • The problematisation of military power
  • The so called 'civil-military' gap
  • Security and gender
  • Military interventions the politics of the military

Timo Kivimäki

Professor, PoLIS

  • Cosmopolitan protection
  • Hegemonic masculinity and power bias in strategies of protection of civilians in conflicts

I would like to supervise students that were focused on the study of protective interventions in world politics, and/or on stereotypical masculinity and/or bias in favour of strategies that focus on changing the behaviour of others by means of power in security policies.

Penny Miles

Teaching Fellow, POLIS


Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Rights in:

  • Political Institutions
  • Judicial Institutions
  • Latin America Football & Gender (UK)
  • Ageing & SOGI inclusion (UK)

Susan Milner

Reader, PoLIS

  • Gender
  • Work and family
  • Policies to support working parents
  • Employment and social policies in comparative context and in multiple settings

Aurelien Mondon

Senior Lecturer, PoLIS

  • Islamophobia
  • Femonationalism & homonationalism
  • Race, gender & class
  • Populism
  • Islamophobia
  • Femonationalism & homonationalism
  • Race, gender & class
  • Populism

David S. Moon

Senior Lecturer, PoLIS

  • Post-devolution UK politic
  • British political history;
  • Political rhetoric
  • Critical political theory
  • Devolution and policy making
  • Governance, and party politics
  • The History of the British Left. Political Rhetoric. Critical Political Theory

Vandana Singh

Doctoral researcher, Education

  • Gender discrimination and stereotyping in school curriculum
  • Looking at school pedagogic practices through gender lens

Jennifer Thomson

Lecturer in Comparative Politics, PoLIS

  • Gender
  • Ethnonationalism and power-sharing
  • The Women, Peace and Security agenda
  • Feminist foreign policy
  • Reproductive health and rights
  • Power-sharing
  • The Women, Peace and Security agenda
  • Reproductive health and rights

Ana Catalano Weeks

Lecturer in Comparative Politics, PoLIS

  • Gender and politics
  • Political representation, and political parties, with a regional concentration in Western Europe
  • Gender quotas, gender and political parties

Hannah West

Doctoral researcher, SPS

  • Women and British counterinsurgency
  • Gender and conflict
  • Critical military studies

Steve Wharton

Senior Lecturer, PoLIS

LGBTIQ activism from a comparative Franco-British perspective and within a broader European context, including "gay marriage" debates.

LGBTIQ activism, homophobia, politics of inclusion and exclusion, hierarchies of equality

Sophie Whiting

Lecturer in British Politics, PoLIS


  • Conflict and reconciliation
  • Power sharing
  • Gender and politics
  • UK politics and devolution
  • Northern Irish peace process

  • Conflict and reconciliation
  • Power sharing
  • Gender and politics
  • UK politics and devolution
  • Northern Irish peace process


For further information about the Network, or to get involved contact:

Dr Fran Amery