We have a proud history of gender-related research, which takes place across the University and has a real impact on policy, law and learning.
Gender Research Centre
The Gender Research Centre leads the way with its research into gender inequalities that exist both in the UK and around the world.
Gender and Violence
The Centre for Gender and Violence Research conducts high-quality research to inform policy, practice and action on gender-based violence.
Their work has directly led to the introduction of Clare’s Law, which gives any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them, and they’ve just launched a new project which looks at the nature and prevalence of sex work in the UK.
The Centre for Academic Primary Care carries out research into domestic violence, with one recent project leading to a new training programme being introduced into GP practices to help staff identify patients experiencing abuse and refer them to specialist services.
Women in Politics and Society
Academics within the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies have carried out research into gender, political and social inequalities.
Professor Sarah Childs made recommendations for how the House of Commons could be made more representatives and inclusive, as part of her research in in 2016 which showed Westminster remains disproportionately white, male, and elite.
Gender and Law
The University of Bristol Law School has developed notable expertise in feminist and gender theory. Head of School, Professor Joanne Conaghan, is well known in the field and is working closely with a team of academics to answer questions about the role of gender in families and society, in the workplace, in medicine and in history.
Women in History and Literature
The Department of English looks at gender in literature, both in terms of how women are represented and female authors.
In the Department of History, Dr Sumita Mukherjee has explored the role of Indian women in the global suffrage movement.
Academics in History were also part of a large project exploring how women’s work, both paid and unpaid, has been measured and valued across Europe from 1945 to 2015.
Our health research has spanned a number of important areas, including fertility, pregnancy and breast cancer.
Children of the 90s, a world-leading birth cohort study which began by tracking 14,000 pregnant women, has made a number of crucial discoveries about environmental and genetic factors that affect women and babies’ health and development.
Professor Sarah Smith, in the School of Economics, Finance and Management, explored how women's participation in higher education has influenced fertility and family sizes in the UK. The School of Education has also
Women in the Workplace
Academics in the School of Economics, Finance and Management recently called for more menopause-friendly workplaces following the most comprehensive study of its kind. They have also explored the impact women have in leadership roles.
Professor Harriet Bradley, in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, has looked at how inequalities at work and in the family are changing. She’s also studied the impact of black and minority ethnic women trade unionists.