The Gender Research Group’s aim is to promote social and democratic inclusion and transformation at global, national and local levels through critical examination of the myriad ways gender matters in shaping people’s identities, experiences and opportunities. We identify and analyse how multiple and complex social, cultural, political and psychological processes and contexts intersect in the construction of identities and inequalities in gendered social relations. Our group uses theoretical, empirical, practice and policy approaches from within the social sciences. Members are affiliated to Research Centres in the School of Social Sciences and to other research centres within Nottingham Trent University. The Group complements the Gender and Sexuality Research Group within the School of Arts and Humanities.
The Group is a welcoming and supportive space which aims to develop, raise the profile, and increase the impact of, gender research in social sciences at Nottingham Trent University. We do this through the co-creation of development and networking opportunities for gender-related research activities and collaborations, leading to (for example) research seminars, conference papers and publications, funded projects, day conferences, and public engagement.
The Group brings together scholars interested in gender from different subject areas within the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University, including sociology, psychology, politics and international relations, criminology, education, and social work, care and community.
Our group includes academic staff, doctoral students, and research fellows/associates, many of whom are involved in wider gender-related academic networks, and local, national and international gender advocacy and activist networks. Members are a mix of established academics with strong reputations in gender-related publications, grant-capture and doctoral supervision, as well as early career researchers, and colleagues new to gender-focused research.
Members of the Gender Research Group have carried out a range of projects including:
Masculinities and men’s health
LGBTQi+ parented families and schools
Gendered approaches to peer support for women who self-harm in custody
Gender and personal naming practices
Physical activity, mental health and transgender people
Parents’ return to work
Young disabled LGBT people: exploring the rights and needs of a marginalised community