The research work of the Department of Gender Studies 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.  Our research falls under four broad strands, and we work both independently and collaboratively within these themes:

Affiliated Journals

Affiliated Journals:

There are five journals affiliated with LSE Gender, in that members of faculty act in an editing capacity.

COVID-19: Reflections on the Pandemic

Our faculty and PhD students are writing about the politics of COVID-19

Recently published books

detecting the social

Detecting the Social: Order and Disorder in Post-1970s Detective Fiction - Mary Evans, Hazel Johnstone, Sarah Moore (2019)

Conventional sociological accounts of fiction generally comprehend its value in terms of the ways in which it can illustrate, enlarge or help to articulate a particular social theory. Evans, Moore, and Johnstone suggest a different approach, and demonstrate that by taking a group of detective novels, we can unveil so far unidentified, but crucial, theoretical ideas about what it means to be an individual in the twenty-first century. 

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Sexualised Crimes, Armed Conflict and the Law: The International Criminal Court and the Definitions of Rape and Forced Marriage - Hannah Baumeister (2018)

Sexualised Crimes, Armed Conflict and the Law draws on feminist and constructivist theories and offers a comprehensive theoretical and empirical examination of the definition of rape and forced marriage. 


The Political Imaginary of Sexual Freedom Leticia Sabsay (2018)

This book develops a performative and relational approach to gendered and sexualised bodies conceived as distinct from the more limited individualistic idea of sexual identity and orientation that is at play within notions of progress in contemporary transnational sexual politics.

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Considering Emma Goldman: Feminist Political Ambivalence and the Imaginative ArchiveClare Hemmings (2018)

In Considering Emma Goldman Clare Hemmings examines the significance of the anarchist activist and thinker for contemporary feminist politics. Rather than attempting to resolve the tensions and problems that Goldman's thinking about race, gender, and sexuality pose for feminist thought, Hemmings embraces them, finding them to be helpful in formulating a new queer feminist praxis. 


Conflict-Related Violence against Women - Dr Aisling Swaine (2018)

By comparatively assessing three conflict-affected jurisdictions (Liberia, Northern Ireland and Timor-Leste), Conflict-Related Violence against Women empirically and theoretically expands current understanding of the form and nature of conflict-time harms impacting women.


The Persistence of Gender Inequality - Mary Evans (2017)

In 'The Persistence of Gender Inequality', Mary Evans argues that optimistic narratives of progress and emancipation have served to obscure long-term structural inequalities between women and men, structural inequalities which are not only about gender but also about general social inequality. In widening the lenses on the persistence of gender inequality, Evans shows how in contemporary debates about social inequality gender is often ignored, implicitly side-lining critical aspects of relations between women and men.


Thinking Gender in Transnational Times
book series Professor Clare Hemmings, Dr Sadie Wearing and LSE Gender are editors in the Thinking Gender in Transnational Times book series by Palgrave Macmillan. Books in the series include: Gender, Agency and Coercion;  Affective Relations and Rethinking Peacekeeping, Gender Equality and Collective Security.

 Gender in the media

Gender in the Media
by Niall Richardson and Sadie Wearing (2014)

This lively and engaging text introduces students to the key contemporary issues in the study of gender and the media. Integrating cultural theory with text-based criticism, Gender in the Media analyses recent debates in feminist cultural theory, masculinity studies and queer theory, before applying these cultural paradigms to critical readings in relevant media contexts.

Sage Handbook Feminist Theory

The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory (eds) Mary Evans, Clare Hemmings, Marsha Henry, Hazel Johnstone, Sumi Madhok, Ania Plomien and Sadie Wearing (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. The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: epistemology and marginality; literary, visual and cultural representations; sexuality; macro and microeconomics of gender; conflict and peace. 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.

Gendered readings of change

Gendered Readings of Change by Clara Fischer (2014)

Dr. Clara Fischer, Newton International Fellow at LSE Gender, has published her book: Gendered Readings of Change. In the book, Clara develops a unique theory of change by drawing on American philosophy and contemporary feminist thought. Via a select history of ancient Greek and Pragmatist philosophies of change, she argues for a reconstruction of transformation that is inclusive of women's experiences and thought. With wide-ranging analysis, this book addresses ontological, moral, epistemological, and political questions, and includes an insightful exploration of the philosophies of Parmenides, Aristotle, John Dewey, Iris Young, and Jane Addams.

New frontiers

New Frontiers in Feminist Political Economy edited by Shirin M.Rai and Georgina Waylen (2013)

This book brings together the work of outstanding feminist scholars who reflect on the achievements of feminist political economy and the challenges it faces in the 21st century. Contributions from Marzia Fontana, Naila Kabeer, Sylvia Chant, Diane Elson, Irene van Staveren, Caren Grown, Radhika Balakrishnan, Ruth Pearson, Stephanie Barrientos, Shahra Razavi and Katherine Bickell.

Our bodies

Our Bodies, Whose Property? by Anne Phillips (2013)

Drawing on analyses of rape, surrogacy, and markets in human organs, Our Bodies, Whose Property? challenges notions of freedom based on ownership of our bodies and argues against the normalization of markets in bodily services and parts. Anne Phillips explores the risks associated with metaphors of property and the reasons why the commodification of the body remains problematic.

Rethinking agency

Rethinking Agency: Developmentalism, Gender and Rights by Sumi Madhok (2013)

This book proposes a new theoretical framework for agency thinking by examining the ethical, discursive and practical engagements of a group of women development workers in north-west India with developmentalism and individual rights.

Gender migration and domestic work

Gender, Migration and Domestic Work: Masculinities, Male Labour & Fathering in the UK and USA by Majella Kilkey, Diane Perrons and Ania Plomien (2013)

As the rich have got richer and households have become busier, demand for commoditized household services has increased. While much is known about maids and nannies, this book is distinctive in focusing on masculinized domestic services.

Gender agency and coercion

Gender, Agency and Coercion (eds) Sumi Madhok, Anne Phillips, Kalpana Wilson (2013)

This collection aims to think critically about agency and explore the relationship between agency and coercion in a range of regional, intellectual, ethical and political contexts. Contributions from Samantha Ashenden, Ngaire Donaghue, Mary Evans, Rosalind Gill, Clare Hemmings, Marsha Henry, Kimberly Hutchings, Emily Jackson, Amal Treacher Kabesh, Lois McNay, Sadie Wearing and Heather Widdows.

Race racism and development

Race, Racism and Development: Interrogating history, discourse and practice by Kalpana Wilson (2012)

This is the first book to place constructions of race and racism at the centre of a comprehensive analysis of the dominant discourses and practices of development.  The book tackles human rights, imperialism, culture, ethnic conflict, HIV/Aids and the role of diasporas, and highlights the latent racialisation in such debates to argue that development can only be understood within a full understanding of the relationship between north and south.

Why stories matter

Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory by Clare Hemmings (2011)

A powerful critique of the stories that feminists tell about the past four decades of Western feminist theory. Clare Hemmings examines the narratives that make up feminist accounts of recent feminist history, highlights the ethical and political dilemmas raised by these narratives, and offers innovative strategies for transforming them. Winner of the Feminist and Women's Studies Association (FWSA) Book Prize 2012


Working Papers

Our discussion and working paper series are designed to bring new ideas and new findings in the field of gender studies into the public arena. Current publications available include the following, with several in the pipeline. These papers are free and we would be pleased to send you copies - please email , to whom initial enquiries should be sent.

Those papers underlined are available for downloading as PDFs.  Hard copies only available where marked.

Examples of working papers

Issue 26: Sandra Panopio More than Masculinity: Experiences of Male Migrant Nurses in London (October 2010) (PDF) (hard copies available)

Issue 25: Sumi Madhok Five Notions of Haq: Exploring Vernacular Rights Cultures in South Asia (November 2009) (PDF) (hard copies available)

Issue 24: Aysen Ustubici Export-Processing Zones and Gendering the Resistance: "Women's Strike" in Antalya Free Zone in Turkey (March 2009) (PDF) (hard copies available)

Issue 23: Silvia Posocco Globalisation, Governmentality and Failure through the prism of Petén, Guatemala (October 2008) (PDF) (hard copies available)



Issue 20: Carolyn Pedwell Tracing 'the Anorexic' and 'the Veiled Woman': Towards a Relational Approach (March 2007) (PDF)

Issue 19: Sylvia Chant Children In Female-Headed Households: Interrogating The Concept Of An 'Inter-Generational Transmission Of Disadvantage' With Particular Reference To The Gambia, Philippines And Costa Rica (February 2007) (PDF)

Issue 18: Sylvia ChantRe-Visiting The 'Feminisation Of Poverty' And The Undp Gender Indices:What Case For A Gendered Poverty Index? (March 2006) (PDF)

Issue 17: Diane Perrons The new economy and earnings inequalities: explaining social, spatial and gender divisions in the UK and London (October 2005) (PDF)

Issue 16: Faith Armitage and Carolyn Pedwell Putting Gender on the Map.  The LSE Gender Institute's First Fifteen Years cover, body of text (September 2005)

Issue 15: Susan Himmelweit Can we afford (not) to care: prospects and policy (July 2005) (PDF)

Issue 14: Sônia Weidner Maluf Embodiment and Desire:All About my Mother and Gender at the Margins (May 2005) (PDF)

Issue 13: Robyn Ferrell Desire and Horror: Conceiving of the Future (November 2004) (PDF)

Issue 12: Róisín Ryan-Flood Beyond Recognition and Redistribution:A case study of lesbian and gay workers in a local labour market in Britain (May 2004) (PDF)

Issue 11: Sylvia Chant The 'Engendering' of Poverty Analysis in Developing Regions: Progress Since the United Nations Decade For Women, and Priorities for the Future (November 2003) (PDF)

Issue 10: Roona Simpson Contemporary Spinsters in the New Millennium: Changing Notions of Family & Kinship (July 2003) (PDF)

Issue 9: Sylvia Chant Female Household Headship and the Feminisation of Poverty: Facts, Fictions and Forward Strategies (May 2003) (PDF)

Issue 8: Maki Kimura Listening to Voices: Testimonies of "Comfort Women" of the Second World War (April 2003) (PDF)

Issue 7: Bridget Byrne Narrating the Self (March 2002) (PDF)

Issue 6: Esther Dermott Fathers' Orientations to Paid Employment (January 2002)

Issue 5: Karen Throsby 'No-One Will Ever Call Me Mummy': Making Sense Of The End Of IVF Treatment (November 2001) (PDF)

Issue 4: David Telford Queering The University: Post-Compulsory Heterosexuality? (May 2001)

Issue 3: Todd Sanders Gender Rituals Of Rebellion And Patriarchy In Africa (March 2001)

Issue 2: Dagmar Lorenz-Meyer The Politics Of Ambivalence: Towards A Conceptualisation Of Structural Ambivalence In Intergenerational Relations (February 2001) (PDF)

Issue 1: Gillian A. Dunne, Shirley Prendergast, David Telford What Difference Does 'Difference' Make? Towards An Understanding Of Homelessness For Young Lesbian And Gay People (January 2001)

Discussion papers

Issue 1: Dagmar Lorenz-Meyer The Other Side of the Generation Contract July 1996

Issue 2: Irene Bruegel & Diane Perrons Deregulation and Women's Employment: the Diverse Experiences of Women in Britain October 1996

Issue 3: Gillian A. Dunne Why Can't a Man Be More Like A Woman? In Search of Balanced Domestic and Employment Lives March 1997.  Hard copy out of print.

Issue 4: Marja Kernanen Social Problems in Different Contexts June 1997

Issue 5: Tovi Fenster Gender as Cultural Construction of Space: The Forbidden and Permitted November 1997

Issue 6: Gillian A. Dunne Opting into Motherhood November 1998

Issue 7: Virginia Morrow Searching for Social Capital in Children's Accounts of Neighbourhood and Network: a preliminary analysis May 1999. (PDF)

Issue 8: Gillian A. Dunne The Different Dimensions of Gay Fatherhood: Exploding the Myths - January 2001.

Research in progress

Issue I: An Appropriate Capital-Isation? Questioning Social Capital (special issue: ed. V.Morrow) Social Capital Workshop Proceedings held May 2000; November 2001. (PDF)

Issue 2: Marginal Research: Reflections On Location And Representation (special issue by the Feminist Epistemologies Collective - editors Chopra, Grenz, Hemmings, Mclean, Mullassery, Narayanaswamy, Pedwell, Perreault, Willey, Wilson) June 2002 (PDF)

Issue 3:Women's Caring Work And The Needs Of Older People In Europe: Analysing Existing Community Rights And Human Rights Provisions Pura Sanchez Zamorano - January 2003

Working papers

Issue 1: Regine Heidenreich Welfare Regimes and Gender: A Framework for Comparing Housing Policies in Great Britain and Germany January 1997.

Issue 2: Marie-Jose Gonzalez-Lopez Do Modern Welfare States Foster Democratic Family Arrangements? Comparative Case Studies of Britain and Spain November 1997 -

Issue 3:Maria Dolores Garcia-Ramon with Alba Caballe Gender, Place and International Geography: The Emergence of Different Regional Models in Gender Geography -January 2000