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Hazel Johnstone MBE
Departmental Manager
Room COL.5.01L (via COL.5.01K), Columbia House
Email: h.johnstone@lse.ac.uk

Visiting Fellows at the Gender Institute

The Gender Institute welcomes visiting academics and recognises the value of a wider academic community to the research life of the Institute.  We are happy to consider requests from individuals who are working in one of our research priority areas.

Our Research

The research work of the Gender Institute is critical, transnational, and interdisciplinary. Our research is variously positioned in relation to different fields of study within the social sciences and humanities, but in each case, the focus on gender means testing conventional disciplinary boundaries and developing alternative methodologies. All the work addresses, in some way, the tenacity of gender power relations and gendered inequalities in a period of global transformation.

Bodies and sexualities

Research in this field ncludes 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.

Representation, narrative and culture

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

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.


Our visiting fellow and visiting senior fellow programme is usually arranged one year in advance.  It is now fully booked until the Michaelmas term 2016.  If you wish to apply for affiliation from that academic session you will need to apply to Hazel Johnstone by the 1st October 2015.  

The above refers to 'visiting academics', which are unfunded positions.  Applicants for postdoctoral positions for which you already have funding (or know where you want to apply for funding) must apply a minimum of one term in advance.

If you are interested in applying to visit the Gender Institute in any of the visiting categories, please contact Hazel Johnstone in the first instance.  You will then be required to supply a full c.v. and an outline of the programme of work you wish to undertake during your visit, situating your work in relation to that of the Gender Institute (faculty/ research programmes).  Please also specify your preferred dates of visit.

Thereafter our research committee,  representing all our interdisciplinary interests, will meet three times a year to considers all applications for places from all visiting academics and will recommend affiliation to the School on the basis that a member of faculty will 'sponsor' the applicant.  The offer of a visiting fellowship will come from the School itself and our panel meets 2 weeks before the LSE deadlines.   Hazel will be able to advise on dates. 

Potential applicants should note that while visitors will be welcomed into the research community wholeheartedly, they cannot be assured of desk space, administrative support or PC use, however, due to limited resources.  At the moment we are only able to offer a very limited hotdesking arrangement.  They will, however, be granted full library and IT access during the period of fellowship tenure.

Please apply under one of the following schemes, which grant status to individuals from outside the School associated with School departments, Institutes or Centres.

Visiting Fellows

he Visiting Fellow Scheme is aimed at scholars (pre-Major Review equivalent/or early post-doctoral status), persons/practitioners of equivalent standing in an appropriate profession/occupation, and researchers in the early stages of their career.  The status of Visiting Fellow given to those intending to seek external research, is in itself non contractual and unremunerated, and confers no special privileges, excepting those usually granted to Visiting Fellows. Please note postdoctoral fellows must have already been awarded their doctorate at the time of application.

Visiting Senior Fellows

The Visiting Senior Fellow Scheme is aimed at scholars who are of Lecturer (post-Major Review equivalent), Senior Lecturer, or Reader level, and professionals at a broadly comparable level in their profession.  The title of Visiting Senior Fellow is given to individuals from outside the School associated with School Departments/Institutes/Centres. The status is intended to apply to scholars who have already published work of distinction, as well as recognising the contribution from those in government service, in professional practice, in the private sector, or in other appropriate fields, to research and other Departmental/Institute/Centre activities.

Visiting Professors

The School may confer the title of Visiting Professor for a defined but renewable period on persons of appropriate distinction whose connections with the School are appropriate to the visiting title. It includes individuals with a non academic background who may have achieved prominence in public life, or who have attained distinction in their profession. 

 In all cases,  Fellows who are not nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and who receive financial support of any form, from a formal source of funding such as the government, university, research council, charitable organisation etc, to carry out research, will be required to have a Sponsored Research Work Permit to work at the School. Please also see visa information as the UK Border Agency have recently changed requirements.