Researcher Database

This page contains details of Young Sexualities affiliated researchers, including a postgraduate section for Masters and PhD students. To be included on this list, please contact us.

Dr Emma Renold
School of Social Sciences
Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Emma Renold is Reader in Childhood Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales. She is the author of Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities (2005), the co-founder and co-editor of the journal Gender and Education. Working with feminist poststructuralist and posthumanist theories her research explores young gendered and sexual subjectivities across diverse institutional sites and public spaces. Her current research project foregrounds bodies, affect, subjectivity and movement in a community multi-media ethnography of girls’ and boys’ negotiations of place and space in a semi-rural post-industrial locale – KLiC Project – Young People and Place.
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Professor Debbie Epstein
School of Social Sciences
Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Debbie Epstein is Professor of Education at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales. She is co-editor of Gender and Education; her most recent book is Toward Equality: Gender and Sexuality in South African Schools in the Time of HIV and AIDS (2010). She works at the nexus of sociology and cultural studies and her research interests comprise childhood and youth studies, particularly sexuality, gender and race in education and in popular culture, and the cultural politics of education.
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Dr Jessica Ringrose
Humanities and Social Science
Institute of Education, London, UK

I am currently researching young people’s digitised sexual identities. I have research expertise in gendered and sexualized (cyber)bullying, aggression and conflict in school. My work has explored and troubled ideas around child ‘sexualization’ and ‘pornification’; I recently advised on the Home Office Report, The Sexualization of Young People (Papadopoulous, 2010).
I am completing two new books. First a single authored monograph exploring ‘postfeminist’, neo-liberal discourses of gender equality and assumptions about feminine ‘success’ in education (Routledge, 2012). Second a co-edited book (with Rebecca Coleman) on transcendental DeleuzoGuattarian empirical social scientific research methodologies (Edinburgh University Press).
Methodologically and theoretically my research draws on poststructuralism and psychosocial approaches to understanding subjectivity and affect.
My PhD examined defensiveness in learning, through a study on student engagements with feminist and critical pedagogical theories of power and privilege in HE. I have an abiding interest in ‘intersectional’ and Black Feminist theories that help unpack the complexities and contradictions of racialized, classed, gendered and sexualized subjectivities.
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Asoc. Prof. Louisa Allen
School of Critical Studies in Education
University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Associate Professor Louisa Allen is a graduate of The University of Auckland and the University of Cambridge. She has taught at both of these universities in the area of educational sociology, the sociology of youth, research methodologies, feminist post-structural theories and theories of gender. Her research interests lie in the area of sexualities, sexuality education, youth, gender and schooling. This work is informed by feminist post-structuralism, queer theory and theories of embodiment and masculinities.
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Diederik F. Janssen, MD, BA
Independent Researcher
Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Research interests
Anthropology of life phases, anthropology of the body, young masculinities, ethnosexology, poststructural theory in anthropology and education.

  • Founding and general editor (2009-…): Culture, Society and Masculinities ISSN: 1941-5583/1941-5591, The Men’s Studies Press.
  • Co-founding and managing editor (2006-…), general editor (2010-…): Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies. ISSN: 1931-9045/1872-4329, The Men’s Studies Press.
  • Editorial Board Member (2005-…): International Journal of Men’s Health. ISSN: 1532-6306/1933-0278.

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Dr Melanie McCarry
Centre for Gender and Violence Research
University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Melanie joined the School for Policy Studies in 2000 and as been involved in the area of violence against women as an academic and activist for many years in both Glasgow and Bristol.

Melanie has recently completed a number of high profile research projects including a collaborative project with the NSPCC on violence and exploitation on young people’s relationships.  Melanie was also the lead researcher on a project investigating violence against women in rural and urban areas commissioned by the Women’s Institute. Melanie’s previous research has investigated forced marriage within the UK’s south Asian community; domestic violence in same sex and heterosexual relationships; and young people’s views of gender constructions and domestic violence.

Melanie is the Admissions Tutor and Widening Participation Tutor for the BSc Childhood Studies degree programme and lectures on a variety of undergraduate and Masters units.  Melanie is also the coordinator of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research.

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Ast. Prof. Elizabethe C Payne
School of Education
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA

Elizabethe C. Payne is a part-time assistant professor in The Cultural Foundations of Education Department and an affiliate of the LGBT Studies Program. She is also Director of QuERI – The Queering Education Research Institute.  As a sociologist of education, she specializes in qualitative research methodology, critical theory, youth culture, and LGBTQ youth. Her research interests include the life histories of adolescent lesbians, experiences of LGBTQ youth in schools, adolescent discourses of sexuality, and educators’ responses to LGBTQ professional development.  She teaches courses in qualitative research methodology, the queer youth experience in schools, and youth culture. In 2006, Professor Payne began the unfunded Reduction of Stigma in Schools (RSIS) Program to educate area school administrators and faculty on the relationship between social stigma and academic outcomes for LGBTQ students in schools and provide tools for creating more supportive environments for LGBTQ youth. The program reached the “1000 educators trained” mark in September 2009. She also serves as the Youth and Sexuality Education Resource for The National Episcopal Church, writes HIV education curricula for youth and teaches HIV education workshops for young people around the country.

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Dr Ruth Lewis
Department of Social and Environmental Health Research
Faculty of Public Health and Policy
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

My research uses qualitative methods to examine sexual health, education and behaviour. My work mainly focuses on young people, and I have been involved in studies examining parent-child communication about sex, school-based sex education, childhood sexual abuse and young people’s experiences of harm in sport. I am currently working on an ESRC-funded study of young people’s sexual practices in the UK, and the qualitative component of Natsal (National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles).

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Dr Cicely Marston
Department of Social and Environmental Health Research
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

My research interests include interdisciplinary work on sexual behaviour, particularly of young people, maternal and child health, and complex public health interventions.  More information about the sixteen18 project here.  Some of my papers are openly available here and here.

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Dr Mary Lou Rassmussen
Faculty of Education
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

My principal research is in the area of sexualities, gender and education. I am the author of Becoming Subjects: Sexualities and Secondary Schooling (Routledge, 2006) and co-editor, with Talburt and Rofes, ofYouth and Sexualities: Pleasure, Subversion and Insubordination in and out of Schools, Palgrave, 2004). In 2010 I co-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Currently, I am working on an edited collection (with Louisa Allen and Kathleen Quinlivan) Interrogating the Politics of Pleasure in Sexuality Education: Pleasure Bound (Routledge, 2013) and I am co-editing (with Daniel Marshall) a special issue of Sex Education on innovative methodologies in Sex Education research. I am also co-editing (with Christina Gowlett) a special issue of Discourse that problematizes the role of queer theory in education research. I am Chief Investigator of an ARC project Sexuality Education in Australia and New Zealand: Responding to cultural and religious difference (with Louisa Allen, Clive Aspin, Kathleen Quinlivan and Fida Sanjakdar), and, I am a Partner Investigator on a Canadian SSHRC grant Affective Beginnings: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in teacher education (with Jen Gilbert, Jessica Fields and Nancy Lesko). I am on the editorial board of the Journal Sex Education (Routledge), and, on the book series Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education (Springer).

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Postgraduate Student Researchers

Sneha Krishnan
Department of International Development
Oxford University, Oxford, UK

I am a first-year DPhil student, working on sexuality and urban space in Madras. I focus on institutions of higher education, and examine how students of these institutions negotiate their sexuality within campuses and while traveling across the city.

As a Masters’ student, I studied Contemporary Indian History, and wrote a thesis on Metaphors of Masculinity in Nehru’s nationalist writing. As an undergraduate, I studied Indian History, and worked on a variety of topics, including contemporary economic history, intellectual movements of the 19th and early 20th centuries and media history in India.

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Joe Hall
Department of Geography
University of Hull, Hull, UK

My developing PhD thesis centres on a new wave of educational programmes that have come about on the back of, or have at least been influenced by, the ‘No Outsiders’ project. ‘No Outsiders’ (September 2006 – December 2008) was an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) funded Participatory Action Research project which featured various practitioners (academic researchers, activists, teachers and equality officers, although not mutually exclusive) from a number of contrasting contexts. They collectively sought to understand how gender and sexualities equalities, within a wider liberal framework, could be incorporated into British primary schools. They were concerned, initially at least, with investigating processes of heteronormativity operating within primary schools while at the same time disrupting them, and more broadly understanding what an educational queer praxis might look like and how queer pedagogic interventions might unfold and take shape.

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