Hosted by the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), our research group encompasses staff members, doctoral researchers, and post-doctoral researchers from across the College of Social Sciences. Group members’ research interests lie in a range of areas which fall broadly under the headings gender studies and/or feminist theoretical analysis/readings of politics/international politics, sociology, geography, development studies, economics and management studies.
The re-constitution of this research group (which started life as a Departmental research cluster) recognizes the growing profile of gender studies in the College of Social Sciences at Birmingham, with an increasing number of staff and research students, along with the provision of a number of options and specialist courses on gender at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. This is reflected in the teaching menu, which includes the recently revamped MA in International Relations (Gender); a programme focused on gender issues in global governance, including core debates on gender mainstreaming.
Current research projects
Dr Jill Steans
Jill Steans is a founder and current administrator of the virtual research network and discussion forum the Gender in Governance Net-work, which is designed to encourage interaction and dialogue between academics and policy makers in the realm of gender in global governance and to disseminate knowledge about this work to a wider public.
(with Dani Tepe) Interrogating the Global/Local Nexus: A Feminist IPE Approach to the ‘Problem’ of Social Cohesion and Community Cohesion, International Politics, 49, 1, 2012.
(With Daniela Tepe) ‘Introduction: Social Reproduction in International Political Economy: Theoretical Insights and International, Transnational and Local Sitings’ Review of International Political Economy,17, 5, 2010: 807-815.
‘Telling Stories about Women and Gender in the ‘War on Terror.’ Global Society, 21, 1, January 2008:. ISSN: 1360-0826.
‘Revisionist Heroes and Dissident Heroines: Gender, Nation and War in Soviet Films of “the Thaw”’, Global Society, 24, 3, 2010: 401-419.
Dr Emma Foster
Emma Foster is an IR theorist. Her research interests include gender and sexuality, international and sustainable development and the work of Michel Foucault. Emma, therefore, is currently researching issues of Gender and Sexuality broadly in relation to (Queering) International Development and Sustainable Development.
She is currently working on a number of projects; namely, the construction of 'developed' and 'developing' states through gender(ed) practices at the intersection of the body and the relationship between gender and corruption in Nigeria and India (with Dr Heather Marquette, International Development Department, University of Birmingham).
With regard to the former Emma has recently published in this field. She is further engaged in a number of projects which look at the teaching of gender and sexuality in the disciplines of political science and international relations. Emma has published articles in British Politics (2008), Globalizations (2011), Political Studies Review (2011) the BJPIR (forthcoming) and Gender, Place and Culture (forthcoming). Moreover, she has reviewed articles for Third World Quarterly and the European Journal of Political Research.
She is a member of the Environmental Politics Research Group, the Global Studies Association and has served on the steering group related to the teaching of gender and sexuality in the social sciences for C-SAP (the Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics).
‘Problematising the Centrality of Gender in Environmental Governmentality’ in Globalizations, (2011)
‘Gender and International Relations’ for J. Haynes and L. Pettiford World Politics (2011, Pearson)
'Female Circumcision vs. Designer Vaginas: Surgical Genital Practices and the Discursive Reproduction of State Boundaries' for A. Cameron, J. Dickinson and N. Smith (eds.) Body/State (forthcoming 2012, Ashgate)
The (Re)production of Sexual Norms through Environmental Discourses’ in Gender, Place and Culture (forthcoming)
Dr Laura Jenkins
Laura Jenkins is a political sociologist whose research explores strategies of politicisation and has, thus far, focused on the gendered body and its regulation, specifically in respect to assisted reproductive technologies, self-starvation and self-harm. She became a member of staff in POLSIS in 2009 after the completion of her PhD on ‘A Genealogical Politicisation of the Body’.
Her research is grounded within critical political theory, utilising work from feminist, post-structural, radical democratic theory and Critical Theory. She has a particular interest in the work of Michel Foucault, having published work on the politicising potential of the critical method of genealogy and is currently preparing work on Foucault’s writings on the body. Laura’s other current research interests concern British politics and gender, and the politics of presence within the Academy.
She is currently working (with Stephen Bates and Fran Amery) on an examination of the (de)politicising effects of the removal of the ‘Father’s Clause’ in the amended Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. In 2005 Laura won the PSA Prize for the best paper in the journal Politics for her first publication “Corporeal Ontology: Beyond Mind-Body Dualism?” Laura is also a member of the, British Politics Research Group, the Social and Political Theory Research Cluster and the Political Studies Association. She has acted as a reviewer for New Political Economy and British Politics Journals. She has also co-written an article on pedagogy and is keen to continue to combine her teaching and research interests.
(2011) “The Difference Genealogy Makes: Strategies for Politicisation or How to Extend Capacities for Autonomy”, Political Studies, 59 (1), pp. 156-174.
(with Bates, S R.) (2007) “In Defence of Pluralism in the Teaching of Ontology and Epistemology: A Reply to Hay, Marsh and Furlong”, Politics, 27(3), pp.208-211 (Most Read Article in the Journal Politics in 2007/2008)
(with Bates, S. R.) (2007) “Teaching and Learning Ontology and Epistemology in Political Science”, Politics, 27(1), pp.55-63
Dr Shelley Budgeon
Shelley Budgeon is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology who specializes in gender and feminist theory. Her research concentrates on how various forces of social change impact on the constitution of gender relations and processes of gender identification. Contemporary gender equality discourses and their specific manifestation in ‘modernized’ state sanctioned approaches to gender issues provide the focus for her current research.
Her books include Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Gender in Late Modernity (Palgrave, 2011) and Choosing a Self: Young Women and the Individualization of Identity (Praegar, 2003). She has co-edited a special issue of Current Sociology on “Cultures of Intimacy and Care Beyond ‘The Family’ and has published in a wide range of journals including Sociology, “The Dynamics of Gender Hegemony: Femininities, Masculinities and Social Change” (2013), Sexualities, Body & Society, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Sociological Research Online, and Women’s Studies International Forum.
She has been a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia Institute for Gender, ‘Race’, Sexuality and Social Justice and at the Monash University Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.
Budgeon, S. (2013) “The Dynamics of Gender Hegemony: Femininities, Masculinities and Social Change”, Sociology. DOI: 10.1177/0038038513490358
Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Gender in Late Modernity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
"The Contradictions of Successful Femininity: Third Wave Feminism, Postfeminism and 'New' Femininities", in Gill, Rosalind and Scharff, Christina (eds.), New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Dr Nicola Smith
Nicola Smith is a political economist whose work is broadly concerned with debates about globalisation and social justice, particularly with respect to the discursive reproduction of uneven power relations.
Nicola is currently working on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project with Katy Pilcher on ‘Male and transgender sex work in the UK and the Netherlands’, which will last from 1 October 2011 to 31 July 2012. The key aims of the research are: to speak directly to people working in and around the sex industry, and particularly male and transgender escorts, whose voices are rarely heard in debates about commercial sex; to interrogate the political, economic and cultural context of male and transgender sex work in the UK and the Netherlands; and to consider how academic and policy debates might be reframed to take more account of male and transgender sex work, not least with respect to the appropriateness of current policies and services to the needs of sex workers themselves.
Nicola welcomes applications from potential PhD students in the above areas.
Katy Pilcher is currently working with Nicola Smith on a Leverhulme-funded research project on the political economy of male and transgender sex work in the UK and the Netherlands. Katy is also in the final stages of her ESRC-funded PhD in Sociology at the University of Warwick, which focuses on erotic labour and women as consumers of sexualised entertainment.
Pieces in Sexualities, Leisure Studies, Sociological Research Online, Journal of International Women's Studies, and Reinvention, and she is an executive committee member of the Feminist and Women's Studies Association UK and Ireland (FWSA).
Dr Stephen Bates
Stephen Bates is a political scientist whose research interests are in the areas of power, political change and issues of representation and accountability. These concerns are linked by a desire to understand, explain and extend political agency in terms of the range of choices, strategies and futures open to individuals and groups within society.
Stephen’s current research is on an examination of the (de)politicising effects of the removal of the ‘Father’s Clause’ in the amended Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (with Laura Jenkins and Fran Amery), the status of women within Political Science (with Laura Jenkins, Zoe Pflaeger and Kelly Rogers), the power of the Left (with David Bailey), and Prime Minister’s Questions (with Peter Kerr). He has published in journals such as Sociology, Polity, Parliamentary Affairs, Political Studies Review, the Journal of Political Power, and Politics.
He was an invited participant on the APSA Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession’s Roundtable on the Comparative Status of Women in Political Science at the 2012 APSA Annual Meeting and is a founding member of the International Network on the Status of Women in Political Science.
"Questions to the Prime Minister: A Comparative Study of PMQs from Thatcher to Cameron", (with Peter Kerr, Christopher Byrne and Liam Stanley), Parliamentary Affairs, advance access, (2012), pp.1-28
"Women in the Profession: The Composition of UK Political Science Departments by Sex", (with Laura Jenkins and Zoe Pflaeger), Politics, 32/3, (2012), pp.139-152.
"Struggle (or its absence) during the crisis: what power is left?", (with David Bailey), Journal of Political Power, 5/2, (2012), pp.195-216.
"Re-Structuring Power", Polity, 42/3, (2010), pp.352-376.
Dr Fiona Carmichael
Dr Fiona Carmichael is Professor of Industrial and Labour Economics in the Department of Management (Business School) at the University of Birmingham. Her expertise lies in the intersection between labour economics, the sociology of work and human resource management, in health economics and in sports economics and policy.
Fiona’s current research is focused on employment and policy issues linked to older age, the ageing society and the care economy, which includes research on women's unpaid work particularly the trade-off between informal care provision and paid employment. She is currently Director of Doctoral Research in the College of Social Science.
Carmichael, F. and Ercolani, M. (forthcoming) Overlooked and undervalued: the caring contribution of older people, International Journal of Social Economics (accepted for publication July 2013))
Carmichael, F, Duberley, J. and Szmigin, I. (forthcoming) Exploring Women’s Retirement: Continuity, Context and Career Transition, Gender, Work & Organization (accepted for publication, October 2012) (ABS 3: Impact factor 1.207)
Carmichael F., Hulme. C., Ingham. B., Porcellato, L., and Prashar, A., (2010) Giving older workers a voice; constraints on employment, Work Employment and Society, Volume 24 Issue 1, March 2010, 85-103
Carmichael F., Charles, S. and Hulme, C. T., (2010) Who will care? Employment status and willingness to supply informal care, Journal of Health Economics, 29, 182-90
Carmichael F, Connell G, Hulme C, Sheppard S., (2008) Work life imbalance; informal care and paid employment, Feminist Economics, April 14(2) 3-35
Carmichael F. and Hulme C., (2008) Are the Needs of Carers Being Met by Government Policy? Journal of Community Nursing, September 22:, 4-12
Carmichael F. (2011) Review of research on caregiving activities and labour market behaviour. Report for The Policy Research Directorate, Strategic and Policy Research Branch of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Canadian Federal Government
Carmichael, F., (2011) Informal Care in the UK: Constraints on Choice, Report for the British Academy, summary available at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/business/
British Academy (2010-11): The determinants of care giving commitment; the roles of caring need and the care givers’ employment and health. £3,100 (PI)
Professor Joanne Duberley
Joanne Duberley is Professor of Organisation Studies in the Department of Management (Business School) at University of Birmingham. Jo’s teaching and research focuses on organisational behaviour, human resource management and the management of change. She is currently engaged in research on careers and career development in a variety of contexts, including academic scientists, women entrepreneurs, NHS managers and women approaching retirement.
Jo has published two major research monographs. Her recent publications include:
Cohen, L and Duberley, J (2013) Constructing careers through narrative and music: an analysis of Desert Island Discs, Journal of Vocational Behavior, forthcoming
Duberley, J and Carrigan M (2013) The Career Narratives of ‘Mumpreneurs’: Women’s experiences of combining enterprise and motherhood, International Small Busines Journal forthcoming
Carrigan, M and Duberley, J (2013) Time triage: Exploring the temporal strategies that support entrepreneurship and motherhood, Time and Society, forthcoming
MacFarlane, F Duberley J and Powell, M (2012) Talent management in the NHS: human resources or resourceful humans? Public Money and Management, forthcoming
Duberley, J and Cohen, L (2010) Gendering Career Capital: A Study of UK Women Scientists, Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 2, pp187-197
Cohen, L., Duberley, J and Musson, G (2009) Work-life balance? An autoethnographic exploration of everyday home-work dynamics, Journal of Management Inquiry, 2009 , vol 18, pp229-241
Jo has received funding for this from ESRC, the British Academy and NHS SDO. Most recently she has gained funding from the ESRC and EPSRC for a project that examines career transitions of scientists moving from the public to private sector.
Dr Katherine Tonkiss
Katherine Tonkiss is currently Research Fellow in the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) at the University of Birmingham. Her research is focused on normative and empirical questions surrounding the changing nature of democracy and citizenship in a globalising world.
In addition to her work on globalisation and citizenship, Katie engages with gender issues in her current ESRC funded research on ‘Shrinking the State’, a project that explores the Coalition Government’s attempt to reform arms’ length bodies and to deliver the policy goal of a smaller, smarter, cheaper state.
Tonkiss, K. (2013) Migration and Identity in a Post-National World. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Tonkiss, K. (2013) Constitutional Patriotism, Migration and the Post-National Dilemma. Citizenship Studies. 17 (3-4), 491-504.
Bloom, T., and Tonkiss, K. (2013) European Union and Commonwealth Free Movement: A Historical-Comparative Approach. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 39 (7), 1065-1085.
Tonkiss, K. (2013) Postnational Citizenship without Postnational Identity? A Case Study of UK Immigration Policy and Intra-EU Migration. Journal of Global Ethics. 9 (1), 35-48.
Dr Catherine Durose
Catherine Durose is currently Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), University of Birmingham where she currently holds the post of Director of Research.
She is particularly interested in the changing relationships between the local state, communities and citizens. Catherine focuses on local policy implementation and service delivery, practice and local knowledge, neighbourhood working and participation and empowerment.
Durose, C., Beebeejaun, Y., Rees, J. and Richardson, L. (forthcoming) ‘Public value or public harm? towards co-production in research with communities’ Environment and Planning
Durose, C., Beebeejaun, Y., Rees, J., Richardson, J. and Richardson, L. (2013) ‘Beyond Text: exploring ethos and method in co-producing research with communities’ Community Development Journal DOI: 10.1093/cdj/bst008
Durose, C., Richardson, L., Combs, R., Eason, C. and Gains, F. (2013) ‘“Acceptable difference”: diversity, representation and careerism in UK politics’ Parliamentary Affairs DOI:10.1093/pa/gss085
Durose, C. and Rees, J. (2012) ‘The rise and fall of neighbourhood in the New Labour era’ Policy & Politics 40(1) 39-55 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557310X550079
Durose, C. (2011) ‘Re-visiting Lipsky: front line work in UK local governance’ Political Studies 59(4) 978-995 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2011.00886.x
Catherine's current research grants include:
Making a difference in urban neighbourhoods: a cross-national comparative Q-methodology survey (European Research Initiative, from May 2013; with Stephen Jeffares, University of Birmingham, Merlijn van Hulst/ Laurens de Graaf, Tilburg University, Annika Agger, Roskilde University, Oliver Escobar, University of Edinburgh)
Interrogating Urban Crisis: Governance, Contestation and Critique (Urban Studies, from September 2013; Co-Investigator, Principal Investigator, Jonathan Davies, De Montfort University with Steven Griggs, De Montfort University, Ismael Blanco, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Jill Gross, CUNY and Helen Sullivan, University of Melbourne)
Ways of Knowing: exploring the different registers, values and subjectivities of collaborative research (Arts and Humanities Research Council: Connected Communities programme, February 2013 to January 2014; Co-Investigator, Principal Investigator, Helen Graham, University of Leeds)
Community Governance in a Context of Decentralisation (Arts and Humanities Research Council: Connected Communities programme, November 2012 to April 2013; Principal Investigator with Liz Richardson University of Manchester, Matthew Hilton, University of Birmingham)
Re-defining Service Delivery (Arts and Humanities Research Council: Connected Communities programme, November 2012 to April 2013; Principal Investigator with Catherine Needham, Catherine Mangan, James Rees, Matthew Hilton, University of Birmingham)
Evaluation of Community Organisers and Community First (Office of Civil Society, Cabinet Office, November 2012 to February 2015; Independent Advisor, with IPSOS MORI and nef consulting)
Reframing Citizen-State Relationships in a Time of Austerity: Community Empowerment in England and Scotland (Arts and Humanities Research Council: Connected Communities programme, January 2012 to December 2012; Co-Investigator, Principal Investigator, Joe Painter, University of Durham with Tony Bovaird, University of Birmingham, Annette Hastings, University of Glasgow, Peter Matthews Herriot Watt University and Katie Schmuecker, IPPR North)
Beyond the State? Third Party Government in Comparative Perspective (Economic and Social Research Council; January 2011 to January 2013, Co-Investigator, Principal Investigator Chris Skelcher, University of Birmingham with Jonathan Justice, University of Delaware)
Recent and forthcoming events organized by or including GAFT participants include:
Win: Win Network for Empowering Women
Monday 09 December, 11.45-14.00 (417 Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham)
An event designed to provide an informal space for women in the College of Social Sciences (CoSS) to come together, share their experiences and develop mutual support on issues of shared concern.
Participants include: Catherine Needham, Reader, Health Services Management Centre, School of Social Policy; Catherine Mangan, Senior Fellow, Institute for Local Government Studies, School of Government and Society; Kiran Trehan, Professor, Department of Management, Birmingham Business School; Sally Steele, College Head of Human Resources; Professor Cillian Ryan College Lead on equality and diversity issues. For further details contact Catherine Durose or Katie Tonkiss.
To confirm attendance, reply to Ann Bolstridge, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Body/State in the Age of Austerity.
Saturday 22nd February 2014 (University of Birmingham)
This academic year, GAFT will be hosting the Political Studies Association’s annual Women in Politics Conference. Dr. Laura Jenkins will act as one of two local organizers for the event. The theme this year’s conference is Body/State in the Age of Austerity. Participants will interrogate the presence of sexed and raced bodies in political institutions; the disciplining of bodily ‘deviance’; the state as ‘masculine’; the politics of reproduction and new reproductive technologies; the politics of male and female circumcision; the politics of (dis)ability; the regulation of health and healthcare; poverty and hunger. Papers with an additional focus on austerity politics are particularly welcome. Informal enquiries should be directed to Laura Jenkins.
Prospective participants should submit a title and abstract (of no more than 200 words) to Fran Amery by the end of November, 2013. E-mail email@example.com.
The Men Question in Global Governance
May, 2013 (University of Gothenburg)
In May, 2013 Jill Steans participated in a discussion on The Men Question in Global Governance hosted by the University of Gothenburg. A series of blogs based on presentations at the event have been published on the Gender in Global Governance Net-Work website.