Group members

Rutvica Andrijasevic - Group lead

Senior Lecturer in Management
School of Economics, Finance and Management

Rutvica Andrijasevic is an activist scholar with research interests in areas of migrant labour, gender, national state power, and global firms. Rutvica conducted research on sex trafficking and her book ‘Agency, Migration and Citizenship in Sex Trafficking’ (2010) addresses the link between migration, gendered subjectivity and changes in citizenship in Europe. She also conducted research on irregular migration and borders and examined immigration enforcement at EU’s southern border between Italy and Libya. Rutvica’s current project focuses on global firms and the raise of China, and investigates the ways in which ‘Chinese’ modes of production and management are impacting labour and restructuring of production and reproduction spheres in electronics manufacturing in Europe.

Bridget Anderson

Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Bridget Anderson is Professor of Mobilities, Migration and Citizenship at the University of Bristol. She was previously Research Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). Her interests include citizenship, nationalism, immigration enforcement (including ‘trafficking’), and care labour. Her most recent authored book is Us and Them? The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls (OUP, 2013). Care and Migrant Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics, co-edited with Isabel Shutes, was published by Palgrave in May 2014. Citizenship and its Others co-edited with Vanessa Hughes will be published by Palgrave in November 2015. Although now an academic Bridget started her working life in the voluntary sector working with migrant domestic workers, and she has retained an interest in domestic labour and migration. She has worked closely with migrants' organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and international level.

Katie Bales

Lecturer in Law
University of Bristol Law School

Katie Bales is a lecturer in the School of Law. Katie’s main research interests centre on immigration, welfare and labour law with a developing interest in political economy and post-colonial theory. Her interest in gender runs through all of these themes and she has undertaken particular research on intersectional discrimination within the asylum support system.

Lois S Bibbings

Senior Lecturer in Law and Honorary Member of Centre for Ethics in Medicine
University of Bristol Law School

Lois Bibbings is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and an honorary member of staff in the Centre for Ethics in Medicine at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses upon Law, Gender and History. She has written about violence, sexuality and the body. An interest in men, masculinities and history is reflected in her work on conscientious objectors to military service. This was the subject of her first monograph Telling Tales About Men: Conceptions of Conscientious Objectors to Military Service During the First World War. Her second monograph, Binding Men: Stories about Violence and Law in Late Victorian England focuses upon five late nineteenth century legal cases involving different forms of male violence (child abuse, prize fighting, murder and cannibalism, sexual assault and ‘wife torture’). She has also researched military conscientious objection and gender post 1918, as well as focusing upon contemporary law and policy relating to gendered violence, BDSM and body alteration. Current work focuses on conscience, conscientious objection, the fight for female enfranchisement and military executions in WW1.

Terrell Carver

Professor of Political Theory
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

My research interest in feminist theory and women’s politics began with scholarly work on Engels’s Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (1884), and has continued with post-structuralist studies of gender and sexuality, including co-authored and co-edited volumes on the work of Judith Butler. I have contributed to theorizing the way that masculinity/ies as power-relations work in conjunction with race/ethnicity, class, sexuality and other hierarchies to exclude and marginalise women, and to enable some men to dominate others. I have utilised this perspective in methodological and substantive work in political theory (Men in Political Theory was published by Manchester University Press in 2004, reprinted 2009) and in International Relations in journals such as Millennium and Brown Journal of World Affairs. My most downloaded article is ‘Sex, Gender and Heteronormativity: Reading “Some Like It Hot” as a heterosexual dystopia’, Contemporary Political Theory (2009) 8, 125-151.

Katherine Charsley

Reader in Sociology
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Katharine Charsley is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies. Her main research interests are in gender, the family, migration and transnationalism, with a particular focus on marriage and migration (including the neglected experiences of migrant husbands). Her recent publications include an edited collection on Transnational Marriage, an ethnographic monograph Transnational Pakistani Connections: marrying ‘back home’ (both Routledge), and articles including ‘Marriage-related Migration to the UK’ (International Migration Review) and ‘Transforming Polygamy’ (Global Networks). She is currently leading an ESRC-funded project on ‘Marriage Migration and Integration’.

Helen Cramer

NIHR Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Academic Primary Care
Bristol Medical School

I work in the Centre for Academic Primary Care, School for Social and Community Medicine. I have a background in social and medical anthropology. I have an ongoing interest in gender and would like to develop this interest more theoretically. Projects that I have worked on and have included a gendered perspective have been: cognitive behavioural therapy groups for depressed women; the suitability of group support for depressed men; and my PhD which was on the gendered nature of homelessness. My principal areas of clinical research are on mental health and cardiac disease. I am involved in a programme grant application with Gene Feder, Marianne Hester, Emma Williamson and the organisation RESPECT where we hope to engage men who perpetrate domestic violence and bring them into a (pilot then full) randomised controlled trial examining the effectiveness of perpetrator programmes.

Esther Dermott

Professor in Sociology
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Esther Dermott’s research is on intimacy, family life, poverty and inequality with an interest in gender running across all these themes. Her research on parenting includes a longstanding interest in fatherhood, including a book Intimate Fatherhood, and funded research on fathers’ employment and post-separation fathering. She is a member of ONEFaR (Oxford Network of European Fatherhood Researchers). As a co-investigator on the ESRC funded Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey she is contributing analysis on gender and poverty.

Maria Fannin

Reader in Human Geography
School of Geographical Sciences

My research interests include the social and economic implications of bioscientific research, and specifically the collection and exchange of human biological materials. My most recent research project explored different conceptions of value in the creation and maintenance of a regional placental biobank in the UK. This work is connected to a broader concern for the development of new conceptualisations of labour and exchange in the global (bio)economy. I have also published research on feminist and governmental approaches to medical migration, midwifery, pregnancy and birth in the US, Canada, and France. My work has appeared in Feminist Theory, BioSocieties, New Genetics and Society, and Gender, Place and Culture.

Marianne Hester

Chair in Gender, Violence & International Policy
Head of Centre for Gender & Violence Research
School for Policy Studies

My research is substantially concerned with gender, and ranges across methodological and conceptual approaches to the study of sexuality, gender and feminist theory in many different contexts of gender based violence (including different organisational, institutional and country contexts). I have led 40 projects looking at domestic abuse, sexual violence and 'honour'-based violence, from survivor perspectives, with regard to disrupting perpetration, and as GBV impacts children. I work closely with NGOs, governments and academics in the UK, Europe and other countries to develop research that is relevant and to provide robust evidence for tackling violence against women and gender based violence. I have had funding from ESRC, NIHR, Northern Rock Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, Lloyds Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, British Council, EU, Council of Europe, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Danish Research Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Cassandra Jones

Senior Research Associate
School for Policy Studies

My research interests include gender, critical studies on men and masculinities, sexuality, intersectionality, violence(s), community and community approaches to prevention, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, and mix method approaches to examining violence(s). I recently submitted my PhD examining which experiences were the most salient for men who identified as victims of DVA and how they talked about those experiences, particularly in instances when they used DVA. Currently, I’m working on projects that evaluate DVA perpetrator programmes.

Julie Macleavy

Reader in Geographies of Political Economy
School of Geographical Sciences

I have a strong interest in gendered political economy. My key contribution is highlighting the gendered dimensions of contemporary state regulation, a dimension which has remained relatively underexamined within the contemporary cultural political economy scholarship. In particular, my research on the significance of gender in work and welfare regulation has changed the focus of debates on the geographies of neoliberalism through an enhanced focus on the relationship between the home and the workplace, as well as the role of the state in reshaping gender divisions of labour in the 'age of austerity'.

Andrea Matolcsi

Senior Research Associate
School for Policy Studies

Andrea Matolcsi is a Senior Research Associate with the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the University of Bristol. She completed her PhD in spring 2017; her dissertation focused on the implementation in England and Wales of a criminal offence related to prostitution and trafficking (Section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009), which makes it an offence the pay for sex acts with an individual in prostitution who is being coerced or exploited by a third party. Her research interests lie in prostitution, trafficking for sexual exploitation, sexual violence and violence against women and girls generally.

Tonia Novitz

Professor of Labour Law
University of Bristol Law School

Tonia Novitz is a Professor of Labour Law in the School of Law. Her research encompasses individual and collective labour law, human rights mechanisms and also EU and external trade. She has recently written on inequalities and their relationship with trade union activity and on protections for domestic workers.

Sarah Payne

Professor in Health Policy and Gender
School for Policy Studies

My research focuses on gender equity in health and access to health-care. I have studied sex and gender influences on the health of men and women, both broadly and in more specific projects exploring mental health, suicide, lung cancer, heart disease and bowel disease. Recent work develops concepts of gender and gender justice in relation to health policy across policy scales, gender mainstreaming in the health sphere, and the role of policy discourse and constructions of policy problems. I have received funding from various sources including the Department of Health, ESRC, World Health Organisation, The Leverhulme Trust, and the Equal Opportunities Council.

Mary Phillips

Reader in Organisation Studies
Director of ARCIO
School of Economics, Finance & Management

My research is focused on developing an ethics of organization that encompasses gender and the body and which draws on post-structuralist feminisms to inform the social responsibility agenda. My current work takes a feminist approach to environmental sustainability (ecofeminism) and addresses a lacuna in the field of organizational environmentalism. I critically analyse the gendered ways in which organizations and organization studies represent, construct and appropriate nature to ask how that might be re-imagined within a context of environmental uncertainty. I extend that to asking how can we organize for a more sustainable world, exploring organisations such as co-ops and community groups as potentially transformative spaces where the mantra ‘there is no alternative’ can be challenged. I am also exploring the ethics of gendered representation within organization studies research to promote mediums of representation that can account for ‘difference’. My work has been published in leading journals in the field of organisation studies such as: Organization Studies; Journal of Business Ethics; Organization; Gender, Work and Organization; Australian Feminist Studies, and my edited collection, Contemporary Perspectives on Ecofeminism was published by Routledge in 2016.

Helen Thomas

Productive Margins Research Assistant
Co-I GirlsMakingHistory Research Programme
University of Bristol Law School

I am currently a PhD student in the Law School working on a participatory piece of research around mobilising women’s dissent. I’m also serving as research assistant on the Productive Margins: Regulating for Engagement research programme, a large cross disciplinary Bristol/Cardiff University collaboration looking at the ways in which communities can speak into regulatory structures. As part of this role I am involved in the Productive Margins ‘poverty project’ which, though in early stages of development, is working co-productively with Single Parent Action Network (in Bristol) and BRG Communities First (in Cardiff) to explore how the welfare state might be re-imagined situating children and family at the centre. Alongside this I have recently led the Girls Making History project, a co-produced piece of research with Knowle West Media Centre and a group of young women with personal experience of teenage partner violence which explored the normalisation of partner violence in teenage communities.

My general research interests include: co-productive and participatory methodology, socio-legal perspectives of social movements, structure and governance in charitable organisations, poverty, social exclusion and women’s dissent and, questions of voice, representation and community in development and research contexts.

Dr Sheena Vachhani

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies
University of Bristol Law School 

My research centres around themes of embodiment, difference, ethics, identity and the feminine in organisation. I have a particular interest in feminist post-structuralism including, but not limited to, the work of Luce Irigaray. I utilise visceral perspectives by critiquing and investigating the relationships between affect, language and corporeality. More recently I have explored the multiple meanings of writing in an institutional setting through feminine writing. I am currently engaged in projects on leadership and materiality, ethico-political feminist resistance, dirty work, practices of remembering, and corporeality in physical labour.

Jutta Weldes

Professor of International Relations
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

My main research interests are international relations theory, in/security, US foreign policy, popular culture and world politics and gender and world politics. I am currently working on a research project on the global anti-street harassment movement and everyday in/securities. [link this last bit to http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/research/grc/research/antishresearch/] Amongst other things, I teach MSc and third-year units on feminisms, gender and international relations. and I regularly supervise PhD projects concerning feminism, gender and international relations. I have been Deputy Director of the Gender Research Center in SPAIS since its inception.

Dr Emma Williamson

Reader in Gender based violence
Centre for Gender and Violence Research
School for Policy Studies

Dr. Emma Williamson is a Reader in Gender Based Violence and Head of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research. She is a co-editor of the Journal of Gender Based Violence. Emma has over 20 years research experience working in the area of gender-based violence which has included research on health, law, social policy, and service interventions. Emma also has a keen interest in research ethics and has published widely on this topic. She is the current Faculty Research Ethics Officer and Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law Research Ethics Committee. Emma previously worked as the Domestic Violence Information and Membership Manager for Women's Aid, the National Domestic Violence charity and continues to provide training to the National Domestic Violence Helpline. In addition, Emma sits on a range of consultative bodies for National government and NGO organisations.
Emma is currently involved in an NIHR Programme Grant project testing the IRIS+ intervention for General Practitioners; An ESRC funded project on Justice Inequalities and Gender Based Violence (2016-2018); a Forces in Mind Trust project on domestic abuse and military families (2016-2018); as well as a Global challenges Research Fund, ESRC/AHRC funded project on Gender Based Violence and Displacement. (2016-2018).

Junko Yamashita

Senior Lecturer
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

My research is on welfare, care, families, intergenerational relations, inequality and gender. I am concerned with using comparative analysis of East Asian and European welfare systems. My current research explores the interaction of care policy, social norms on care and family, intergenerational caring relationships, divisions of care labour and gender. I have also a long-term interest in civil society, particularly the roles and functions of non-profit organisations (NPOs) and people participating in their activities.

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