Introduction to the Department of Gender studies

The Department of Gender Studies (LSE Gender) was established in 1993 as a multi-disciplinary research centre. The department runs a large Masters programme, attracting students from a range of different countries, and typically has 20 MPhil/PhD students researching gender concerns. LSE Gender serves as a focus for gender research across the LSE, and works to promote a close relationship between policy makers and the academy. Though the Department only has a small core teaching staff, it provides a vibrant research culture with resident Research Fellows, visiting scholars, public lectures and conferences, and a regular programme of research seminars. 

We are very pleased to announce that from September 2019 we will be launching a new PhD programme, for which applicants have to initially apply to MSc Social Research Methods (Gender) to start in 2018/9.  This is offered as a 1+3 PhD programme, in conjunction with the MPhil/PhD Gender (Social Research Methods).  More information will be here soon, so watch this space.


Please have your application in by 8th January 2018 in order to be eligible for consideration for funding for first round of LSE scholarships and particularly ESRC funding.  You do not have to apply separately for funding.  Please see below for our particular scholarships focus.

We do not expect applicants to find supervision, so any queries please to Hazel Johnstone.

Doctoral Programme Director: Professor Clare Hemmings
Departmental and Doctoral Programme Manager: Hazel Johnstone

Opportunities for research

Opportunities for research in the pioneering field of gender studies are unparalleled. Students participate in our seminars and workshops, as well as following a research training programme within the Department.

Our key research areas are:

  • Memory, Representation and Culture
  • Rights, Security and Development
  • State, Economy, Families, and Inequalities
  • Subjectivity, Sexuality and Identity

From 2018/9 we will be looking to fund two studentships on our PhD Programme in Gender in one or more of the following areas to work with either Prof.Naila Kabeer (global and local perspectives) or Dr. Ania Plomien (Central and Eastern European perspectives). Please flag your interest in one of these areas when making your application:

*Inequality in global or local labour markets *Social and economic policies
*Migration and mobility*Social movements for economic and labour rights


Any queries on the targeted scholarships please to Hazel in the first instance.


LSE PhD Academy


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Erasmus grants: Research students can spend up to 9 months at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. All LSE students, regardless of nationality, are eligible for an Erasmus grant for the duration of their stay abroad. For further information, please contact LSE's Erasmus Coordinator at