Dr Emma Spruce

Dr Emma Spruce

Teaching Fellow

Department of Gender Studies

Room No
English, French
Key Expertise
space/place; queer, postcolonial, disability, human rights

About me

Emma Spruce is a Teaching Fellow in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights whose research examines the intersections of sexuality, space and place; exploring the movement of sexual politics across scales (from the nation to the neighbourhood), as well as the ways that place and space acquire meaning through narratives of sexuality and gender. In particular, Emma’s work interrogates the way that race, class and sexuality work on each other to govern ‘the right to the city’, challenges sexual progress narratives’ amenability to ideologies of gentrification and urban management, and unpacks the spatial and social imaginaries constituted through narratives about changing sexual worlds. The conceptual potential that working from ‘the local’ and practices of ‘neighbouring’ holds is central to Emma’s approach to these questions. 



Expertise Details

Sexuality and space/place; human rights; feminist; queer; postcolonial; disability


Spruce, E. (2016). Bigot Geography: Queering Geopolitics in Brixton, in S. Avery and K. Graham (Eds.) Sex, Time and

Place: Queer Histories of London, c.1850 to the Present. Bloomsbury: 65-80.

Spruce, E. (2014). (It’s not all) Kylie Concerts, Exotic Cocktails and Gossip: the Appearance of Sexuality through ‘Gay’

Asylum in the UK. In Evans, M., Hemmings, C., Henry, M., Johnstone, H., Madhok, S., Plomien, A., & Wearing, S. (Eds.).

The SAGE handbook of feminist theory. Sage: 275-292.

Spruce, E. (2012). Book review of R. Kulpa and J. Mizielinska eds. (2011) ‘De-Centring Western Sexualities’. Feminist

Review 101: 3-4.

Spruce, E. (2012). Book review of M. McManus (2011) ‘Tory Pride and Prejudice: The Conservative Party and

Homosexual Law Reform’. LSE Politics and Policy Blog.