Research in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at Leeds has an excellent international reputation, and our research was graded the second highest in the country in terms of 'world-leading' research’ (4*) in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
The interdisciplinarity of our research means that our work draws from, and is influenced by, a range of disciplines: such as sociology, cultural studies, geography, social policy, law, international studies, health care, modern languages, media studies, music, philosophy and science and technology studies.
All staff in the Centre are research active and have good rates of attracting research funding. Current research in the Centre focuses particularly in the following areas.
- gendered embodiment (in relation the themes of international and globalized cosmetic surgeries and to race, style and beauty)
- gender diversity and citizenship
- sex work
- queer practices
- the history of sexed science
- and biotechnology and medical/scientific knowledge.
We strongly believe in research-led teaching, and so leading researchers in the Centre lecture on their specialist subjects and their cutting edge expertise feeds into our learning and teaching materials. We are home to two research groups: Cosmetic Cultures and Histories of Sexualities. We hold regular research events including work in progress workshops, seminars and lectures for both staff and students.
We have excellent connections with Gender and Women's Studies departments at universities around the world, in particular through the WUN Gender Network, and the European NOISE Network. All staff in the Centre are currently involved in international research collaborations.