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Research in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at Leeds has an excellent international reputation.

The interdisciplinarity of our research means that our work draws from, and is influenced by, a range of disciplines: such as sociology, cultural studies, youth studies, geography, social policy, law, international studies, health care, modern languages, media studies, music, philosophy and science and technology studies.

All staff in the Centre are research active and have good rates of attracting research funding. Current research undertaken by staff and PhD students in the Centre focuses on areas including:

  • gendered embodiment
  • fat studies
  • gender and youth
  • gender and popular culture
  • feminism and postfeminism
  • gender and sport
  • gender and work
  • sex work
  • intimacies
  • masculinities
  • sexualities
  • queer practices
  • biotechnology and medical/scientific knowledge
  • gender diversity and citizenship

We strongly believe in research-led teaching, and so leading researchers in the Centre lecture on their specialist subjects and their cutting edge expertise feeds into our learning and teaching materials. We hold regular research events including workshops, seminars and lectures for both staff and students.

Current research projects

Sugar Rush - The Social Life of Sugar in Contemporary Society




L-earning: rethinking young women's working lives







Previous research projects

Living Gender in Diverse Times - Young People’s Understandings and Practices of Gender in the Contemporary UK



 Hard Knock Life: Negotiating Concussion and Dementia in Sport