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Special Interest Group

Sexualities and Gender

The Sexualities & Gender SIG provides a forum to critically engage with how gender and sexuality research matters in the inter-disciplinary field of education and how this research can inform policy, practice and pedagogy. The SIG also aims to support the diversity and quality of gender and sexuality education research and contribute to innovations in theoretical, methodological and public engagement.


The core aims of the SIG are:

  • to support scholarship and praxis in shaping theory, method, policy and practice in the field of gender and sexuality education;
  • to bring together and amplify diverse and marginal voices from the research community, creating a forum for discussion and dissemination of research related to gender and sexuality education.
  • to create opportunities for collaboration on research projects and events in this field;
  • to establish a point of contact with parallel groups internationally, and contribute to opportunities for international collaboration and partnership;
  • to support the publication of research reports and discussion papers in academic journals with an interest in this field, such as Sex Education, Sexualities and Gender and Education.
  • to organise research and public engagement events, such as conferences, seminars, lectures and workshops focusing on gender and sexuality education
  • to provide a channel for the communication of research in this field to the wider research community.


What we do

The Sexualities and Gender SIG is interested in facilitating and co-producing events with SIG and non-SIG members within the broad field of gender and sexuality education. If you have an idea that resonates with any of the SIG aims that you would like to discuss and develop further, please contact the SIG convenors. Previous events, workshops and blogs are detailed in our annual newsletters.

SIG Convenors

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Joshua Heyes, Dr

University of Lincoln

Before coming to the world of educational research, I completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Nottingham, during which I worked on sexual ethics and philosophy of religion. I then took up an exciting opportunity to...

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EJ Renold, Professor

Professor of Childhood Studies at Cardiff University

EJ Renold is a professor of Childhood Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. They are the author of Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities (2005), Children, Sexuality and Sexualisation (with Ringrose and Egan, 2015) and the...

Content associated with this SIG

BERA Conference 2023

12 September 2023 to 14 September 2023Aston University/ Conference Aston

Welcome to the BERA Annual Conference 2023 Authors notified of outcome of submission on the 17th March 2023 BERA is delighted to announce a record number of abstract submissions for our BERA...

Upcoming conference12 Sep 2023