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Gender Institute

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Hazel Johnstone MBE

Departmental Manager



Dr Kate Steward

Manager (Taught Programmes, Events)



Gender relations are global. They are key to understanding how the world works today. War, globalisation, sexuality, migration, representation, employment, media, history - all of these are gendered. If you are interested in global power relations, a gender analysis is essential.


The Gender Institute welcomes the opening of the new International Inequalities Institute

Diane Perrons (Director of the Gender Institute) and Naila Kabeer (Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute) joined Thomas Piketty (Centennial Professor at LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute), Lisa McKenzie (Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at LSE) and Stephanie Seguino (Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont, USA) on a panel discussion on ‘Gender and Everyday Life’. This panel was part of the conference on ‘Inequality in the 21st Century: a Day Long Engagement with Thomas Piketty’, which took place just before the opening of the new International Inequalities Institute. The new International Inequalities Institute website is now available to access online. 


Gender, Inequality and Power Commission

The Gender Institute hosts the LSE Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power. The Commission is designed to draw on LSE research and external experts to provide theoretical and empirical knowledge to inform public and policy debates in the UK concerned with understanding and addressing the complex and multidimensional character of inequality and power imbalances between women and men. The Commission is examining issues within politics, law, the economy, and media and culture, and it is co-directed by Professors Diane Perrons and Nicola Lacey (pictured).


Call for Papers - Gender and the Politics of Shame

Deadline: 1 September 2015

Dr Clara Fischer, GI Newton International Fellow, has organised a conference to be held at LSE in November 2015. Abstracts of up to 500 words are now invited on the conference theme, 'Gender and the Politics of Shame', for submission by 1st September.


The Gender Institute's New Undergraduate Course - Gender, Politics and Civil Society (GI200)

The Gender Institute now offers a new undergraduate course to all 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates, which will focus on using the remarkable resources of The Women's Library. The Women's Library,  situated in the LSE Library, holds an abundance of material, both written and visual, recording the social, political and economic changes in women’s lives and relations between women and men in the past 200 years.  For further information please contact Hazel Johnstone.


The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory (eds) Mary Evans, Clare Hemmings, Marsha Henry, Hazel Johnstone, Sumi Madhok, Ania Plomien and Sadie Wearing

Faculty at the Gender Institute have edited The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory, which will be published in 2014. At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory. It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.


Why Gender Matters for Social Science

The Gender Institute and the Centre for Learning Technology worked together to create a film on 'Why Gender Matter for Social Science'. The film comprises a number of interviews with LSE academics discussing the importance of gender research for their discipline and talking about the range of work in this field being carried out at the school.


Gender Institute programmes

The Gender Institute runs five Masters programmes, attracting students from a range of different countries, and typically has 20 MPhil/ PhD students researching gender concerns.


Masters programmes

We offer five MSc programmes of study lasting one year full time or two years part time. The wide range of courses, combined with the compulsory dissertation, enables students to compile a programme to meet their particular requirements.



PhD programme

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.



The LSE Gender Network

Keep in touch with goings-on at the GI by liking our facebook page, by following us on twitter, or by reading, commenting and  submitting to the student-run blog Engenderings.




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