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Researching Gender & Sexuality in Educational Settings: An event for PGRs and ECRs

Online registration for this event has now closed, please email to register.



There has never been a more important time for educational research into gender and sexualities, with numerous emerging challenges and opportunities for educational researchers to engage with these vital topics. Come and meet with our network of PGRs and ECRs, share your experiences and find out what is happening in the wider world of sexualities and gender research.

Parallel sessions will explore different aspects of how we can deepen our engagement as educational researchers of gender and sexuality. We will also include time for networking and hearing about other cutting-edge work taking place around the world.

PGRs and ECRs of any level of experience are invited to submit a one-sentence title outlining a very short (5 mins) presentation intended to introduce a further 5-minute constructive discussion about sexuality education research. This can be on any topic, but consider that this is an informal event aimed at supporting each other to overcome challenges and engage with new opportunities in sexuality education research. You might like to present on how you dealt with the process of recruitment to your research, some creative methodologies you might have used, or just share a challenge you are currently facing that others may be able to help with. We expect to have about 10 of these short presentations and discussions in the workshop interspersed with some other activities.

How to submit: Email

Deadline to submit: Friday 18th February 2022

Confirmation of acceptance and programme: Friday 25th February 2022


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EJ Renold

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...

Joshua Heyes

Canterbury Christ Church University

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...


Emma Noble

School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

I am a second year PhD student funded via ESRC at Cardiff University. I have been a Further Education (FE) lecturer since 2009 and have research interests in the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Curriculum in Wales and abuse within young...

Lois Ferguson

University of East Anglia

Lois Ferguson (she/her) is a PhD candidate in Education at the University of East Anglia. Her research explores the Physical Education (PE) experiences of trans and gender diverse youth in secondary schools in the UK, and the understanding that...

EJ-Francis Caris

University of Essex

Mx EJ-Francis Caris-Hamer is a PhD student at the University of Essex within the Department of Sociology. Ze has worked, as a qualified teacher, within the education sector for 20 years, working in both 11-19 sector and Higher Education. Ze has...

Jessie Shepherd

University of York

Jessie Shepherd is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from California, USA and a PhD student at the University of York, UK. Jessie has 12 years of community mental health experience along with six years of experience supporting new...

Emilia Åkesson

Linköping university

Emilia Åkesson is a PhD student in education at the Department of Behavioural Science and Learning at Linköping university. Emilia has a teacher degree from Södertörn university and a master’s degree in gender studies from Linköping...

John Parkin

Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)

John Parkin is a Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Education at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge. He is also the Course Leader of the BA Accelerated Primary Education Studies course. Before becoming an academic in 2018, John was an...

Kai Grygier

Sussex University

Kai Grygier is a doctoral researcher in gender studies at Sussex University. In their research, as well as in their work as a survivor activist and dramatherapist, they focus on creating spaces for survivors of sexual violence. Their research...