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The Gender Institute was established in 1993 as a multi-disciplinary research centre. The Institute runs a large Masters programme, attracting students from a range of different countries, and typically has 20 MPhil/PhD students researching gender concerns. The Institute 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 Institute 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. 

Please have your application in by 9 January 2017 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.

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

Doctoral Programme Director:  Professor Diane Perrons
Departmental and Doctoral Programme Manager: Hazel Johnstone

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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 Institute. Our key research areas are:

Bodies and sexualities: Research in this field includes analysis of the body as property, and body as commodity, and what, if anything, makes the body special. It also addresses the relationship between gender and sexuality, with an emphasis on local and transnational spaces and flows.

Gender and social policy: Using a gendered perspective, research in this theme documents social, economic and political change, and critically analyses individual, family, and policy responses, using both cross-national comparative methodologies and in-depth case studies.

Globalisation, development and inequalities: Research in this theme includes social and economic transformation in the global North and South, focusing on gendered relations, on rights, citizenship and social justice and resilience and change with respect to work, security, migration, poverty and the social reproduction of daily life.

Representation, narrative and culture: This theme brings together colleagues who work on gendered representations in film, literature and theory. This work addresses ageing and subjectivity, affect, classed dimensions of narrative, and the history of feminist theory.

Further information can be found in our PhD-Handbook-2016-7 which although for current students does contain full details about our programme.

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 Erasmus@lse.ac.uk.