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The Gender and Sexualities Research Centre

Welcome to the the Gender and Sexualities Research Centre


Based in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Based in the school of Arts and Social Sciences, the GSRC analyses how gender and sexuality intersect with other social divisions and identities in a rapidly changing world, fostering interdisciplinary dialogue, collaboration and research..

The GSRC is premised upon ideals of knowledge exchange, partnership and inclusion. It acts a hub, drawing together the wide-ranging research existing across the university on gender and sexualities, providing an intellectual base and fostering interdisciplinary dialogue, collaboration and research within City and beyond.

The Centre is critical, inclusive and outward-looking, offering a space for engagement with key contemporary issues. These range from current news headlines (#MeToo, the gender pay gap, LGBTQI rights) to enduring questions about the dynamics of power and in/equality, in order to analyse how gender and sexuality intersect with other social divisions and identities in a rapidly changing world.

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Work with GSRC

Part-time, 36 month GSRC Research Administrator post, deadline 3 September. Apply now


GSRC Directors

Management Committee

Advisory Committee


Members of the centre are drawn from across the university and include the following staff:

PhD students

Details coming soon


In our previous incarnation as the Gender and Sexuality Research Forum we have put on a wide range of public talks, seminars, graduate workshops and conferences on subjects such as Gender and Social Media, Feminism and Childcare, Feminism and Neoliberalism, Digital Masculinities, Care and Inequality.

We have hosted speakers from a wide range of institutions both nationally and internationally, including figures such as Professors Sarah Banet-Weiser (Annenberg) Lynne Segal (Birkbeck) and Beverley Skeggs (LSE) as well as from public organisations such as The Daycare Trust, collaborations with the BSA and the Women’s Media Studies Network, and teachers and students at local schools.

Upcoming events

16 October: Combined event: 30 years of the Feminist and Women Studies Association and launch of the GSRC at City, University of London.

Speakers include Heidi Safia Mirza, Jo Grady, Francesca Sobande, Lynne Segal, Sylvia Walby, Anna Bull, Rosalind Gill, Jess Butler, Helen Hester, the Res-Sisters, Rights of Women, Women’s Budget Group, and more TBA.

12-6pm, followed by reception.

4 October 4-6:30pm: Research symposium on Sex Robots

Technological advancements in robotics have fundamentally changed the way we shop, drive cars and undergo surgery but what happens when robots enter our bedrooms – as intimate partners? The launch of the world’s first commercially available sex robot ‘Harmony’ – a hyperrealistic sex doll with AI-capabilities – has inspired popular, scholarly and media debate about the impact of technology on our interpersonal relationships.

Some of that debate is avowedly ‘speculative’ (Danaher and McArthur 2017: 4) because the technology is new, the sex robot market niche and, because most of us have never even seen a sex robot much less had sex with one, we rely on science fiction tropes generated in film and TV shows (Sharkey, Wynsberghe, Robbins and Hancock, 2017: 2).

So, does the rise of the sex machine herald a ‘Brave Nude World’ of human sexual experience as one news headline claimed, or will these glamorous cyborgs destroy human relationships altogether? What are the legal and ethical implications of robotic sexual companions?

Join Dr Kate Devlin (author of Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots), Dr Mercedes Bunz (author of The Internet of Things), Prof Stephen Maddison (author of Fags, Hags and Queer Sisters: Gender Dissent and Heterosocial Bonds in Gay Culture), Dr Rebecca Saunders (author of Bodies of Work: The Labour of Sex in the Digital Age) and Dr Belinda Middleweek (author of Real Sex Films: The New Intimacy and Risk in Cinema) for a discussion hosted by the Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexualities Research Centre about the impact of sex robots on our most intimate sphere – the realm of sex, love and intimacy.