Group members

Lois S Bibbings

Senior Lecturer in Law
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
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

Senior Lecturer in Sociology
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
School of Social and Community Medicine

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

Reader in Sociology
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

Senior Lecturer 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. I have also published research on feminist and governmental approaches to medical migration, midwifery, and the social geographies of pregnancy and birth in the US, Canada, and France. I am also interested in the development of new conceptualisations of labour and exchange in light of the dynamics of accumulation, investment and speculation at work in the global (bio)economy, and in developing feminist geographical approaches to a ‘bodily commons’ in a post-genomic age.  She has published in the journals Feminist TheoryGender, Place and Culture, BioSocieties, and New Genetics and Society. 

Cassandra Jones

PhD student
School for Policy Studies

My Ph.D. focused on the material-discursive experiences of men who identified as victims of domestic violence.This research provided a unique opportunity to understand which experiences were most salient to men’s identification as a victim and to examine how men positioned themselves in a field largely run by and dedicated to women, while maintaining their gender identity as men. My research interests include but aren’t limited to 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). 

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.

Some relevant publications:

  • Hester, M (2014) Male power and violence against women: revisiting Millett’s Sexual Politics. In Aghtaie, N. & Gangoli. G (eds.) Understanding Gender Based Violence in National and International Contexts. London: Routledge
  • Hester, M (2013) Who does what to whom? Gender and domestic violence perpetrators in English police records. European Journal of Criminology, 10 (5) 623-637
  • Hester, M., Donovan, C. & Fahmy, E. (2010) Feminist epistemology and the politics of method – surveying same sex domestic violence, International Journal of Social Research Methodology 13 (3) 251-263.
  • Hester, M. (2002), ‘Patriarchal Reconstruction and the Early Modern Witch‑hunts’, in M. Oldridge (Ed) The Witchcraft Reader, London: Routledge.

Julie Macleavy

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
School of Geographical Sciences

Andrea Matolcsi

PhD student
School for Policy Studies

Andrea Matolcsi is a PhD researcher with the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the University of Bristol. For her dissertation, she is researching the implementation in England and Wales of a criminal offence related to prostitution and trafficking, namely 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 by a third party. Her research interests lie in prostitution, trafficking for sexual exploitation, sexual violence and violence against women and girls broadly. 

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.

Lara Pecis

Teaching Assistant
School of Economics, Finance & Management

I recently submitted my PhD thesis at Warwick Business School, focusing on a processual and (post) humanist reading of ethnography, innovation, and gender in organizations. My research interests spawn from Karen Barad’s works on agential realism, Butlerian-inspired poststructuralist approaches to gender in organizations, and to bridging the former to process-oriented views on innovation.

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; Organization; Gender, Work and OrganizationCulture and Organization, and I am editing a book, Contemporary Perspectives on Ecofeminism, to be published by Routledge in 2015.

Ann Rippin

Reader in Management 
Department of Management
School of Economics, Finance and Accounting

Helen Thomas

Productive Margins Research Assistant
Co-I GirlsMakingHistory Research Programme
PhD Candidate UoB Law School
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 Emma Williamson

Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Gender and Violence Research
School for Policy Studies

Dr Emma Williamson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Gender and Violence Research. Emma has nearly 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 has recently completed projects including: a longitudinal study of the service needs of homeless women (The TARA Project); a study of men’s experience of (and perpetration of) potentially abusive behaviours as part of the NIHR funded PROVIDE project; an evaluation of the South Tyneside Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme; a Home Office project exploring the service and support needs of male, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered and Black and other minority ethnic victims of domestic and sexual violence; research into the impact of domestic abuse on military families; the impact of violence against women on rural and urban women; and an evaluation of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act.

Junko Yamashita

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

My research expertise can be mapped around the intersection of sociology, social policy and gender studies. I am concerned with using comparative analysis of East Asian and European welfare regimes and gender. My current research explores the interaction of care policy, the evaluation of care work, the division of care labour market. 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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