Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
School of Sociology and Social Policy
Social Sciences Building
Leeds, LS2 9JT

Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 34418


In this section:


Dr Karen Throsby

Associate Professor

I am an associate professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, and the Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS). My research focuses on the intersecting fields of gender, technology and the body, which I have explored across a range of site including the new reproductive technologies, the surgical management of weight and extreme endurance sport. I teach at all levels in the area of feminist theory, methodology, the sociology of health and illness and feminist science and technology studies.

Dr Sally HinesDr Sally Hines

Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies

I am an Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and was the Director of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS) from 2011-2015. I work in the areas of gender, sexuality, intimacy and the body; addressing transformations in these identity practices and looking at how these shifts feed into theoretical debates around citizenship, recognition and social movements. The focus on the intersections – and disconnections – of gender and sexuality are brought together in my body of work on transgender.

Professor Ruth HollidayProfessor Ruth Holliday

Professor of Gender and Culture

I have been working at the Centre for Gender Studies since 2002, first as Director of Studies and then as Director until March 2011. I was made Professor in February 2008. Before Gender Studies, I worked in Cultural Studies, Sociology, Business Studies, and, initially, electronics so interdisciplinarity is a key feature of my academic career!

Dr Kim AllenDr Kim Allen

Academic Fellow in Urban Sociology

I am a University Academic Fellow in the School of Sociology and Social policy. An interdisciplinary feminist researcher, my work is located at the intersections of youth studies, sociology, gender studies and the cultural studies of education. Broadly, my research falls into four overlapping areas: youth transitions and inequalities of gender, social class, race and place; young people’s cultural practices;representations of class and gender in popular culture; and inequality and diversity in the creative and cultural industries.

Dr Rosemary Lucy HillRosey_Oxford_cropped

Lecturer in Sociology

I joined the Centre in 2015, having previously worked in the School of Media and Communication at Leeds. Before that I taught and studied in the Centre for Women’s Studies at York. My research is in the areas of gender and popular music (especially heavy metal and hard rock), and the discourses around big data (particularly data visualisations). I am very interested in the ways that gender is played out in culture, the media and literature.

Dr Greg Hollin

Lecturer in Social Theory

I have been a lecturer in the school since 2016 and my work is broadly oriented around the sociology of science. I have a particular interest in feminist technoscience which has underpinned much of work across two areas of research: autism spectrum conditions and more-than-human sociology.

Dr Julia Bahner

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am research fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and the Centre for Disability Studies. My research is located at the intersection of disability studies and sexuality studies. My interest lies in the intimate lives of disabled people and theories of sexual citizenship. I am currently exploring how sexual citizenship can better include not only disabled people’s sexual rights as such, but also their support needs in practice, for example within the context of disability services. In relation to these issues, I am interested in intersectionality theorising, critical policy analysis, professional ethics, the disability movement’s advocacy for sexual rights, and norms around sexual practices.



Visiting Academics

The University of Leeds has an international reputation for excellence in research. As such, we are often asked to host visiting academics from around the world that wish to pursue their professional interests in a dynamic academic environment.
Information for applicants

The Centre welcomes visiting academics from other institutions and can provide a stimulating intellectual environment and office space with computer and library access.

We request that visiting scholars work with an assigned academic mentor from the Centre, so please check our member list for scholars in your research area.

We also request that a visiting scholar makes, at least, one seminar presentation and/or develops a paper for publication.

How to apply

Applicants for Visiting Academic status should be a full-time member of another university and have a clearly defined plan for research that matches research interests within the Centre.

We consider applications in terms of their potential contribution to the Centre and its activities, as well as our ability to support an applicant’s area of research.

We request the following from all our applicants:

  • a detailed research plan for the period of your stay that includes your research interests, preferred study areas and related personal publications
  • a list of the expected outcomes of your visit
  • a copy of your CV
  • a written reference from your current head of department, or supervisor if you are a PhD student
  • the date you wish to start, not sooner than six months from the point of application
  • the proposed duration of your visit
  • a contact name and details of any sponsorship you may have
  • proof of identity, for example, a scan of your passport’s data page.

Applications can be made any time during the year, but please note that teaching terms are from October to December; February to March; April to May.

If your visit is to take place only during the summer months (July to September), you may be able to find vacant student accommodation. Please contact the University Accommodation Office for further details.

Alternatively, the University staff publication The Reporter and Unipol Student Homes sometimes advertise accommodation for professional staff or visitors. However, you are less likely to find strong intellectual support during this time as many staff are working from home or taking vacations.

CIGS alumni

Our postgraduates go on to work in all sort of industries including the charity sector, government and education.

Read how Leeds and the MA Gender Studies helped Eleanor Broadbent to gain work in the charity sector as an Equality and Diversity Manager and as a trustee for a local rape crisis centre: http://www.sociology.leeds.ac.uk/people/profiles/eleanor-broadbent1

Did you study in CIGS? We would love to hear how you are getting on now.

Please fill in the alumni form or email us to let us know what you’re up to.

We would also really like to include profiles of past students on our alumni page. If you would be like to be featured please email Rosemary with a short blog post and picture.


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