Institute of Gender Studies

Welcome to the University of Chester’s new Institute of Gender Studies.

Established in 2016, the Institute actually has a history going as far back as 2011 when members of the Institute’s team (Dr Cassie Ogden (Sociology); Dr Dawn Llewellyn (TRS); Professor Emma Rees (English); and Professor Deborah Wynne (English)) hosted a one-day symposium to gauge interest in ‘gender studies’ across the University. There was, as the team had hoped, genuine interest across the disciplines, and the symposium’s momentum continued into the ‘Talking Bodies’ conferences held at the University in 2013 and 2015.

The core tenets of the Institute of Gender Studies are inclusivity and interdisciplinarity. The team are committed to providing not only a platform for established researchers and practitioners working in the field, but also for undergraduate and postgraduate students from a range of disciplines. 

As well as a regular seminar series, the Institute will also be offering an innovative and exciting MRes (Masters by Research) from 2016-17. This degree is the first of its kind in the region. It promises to educate, nurture, and engage students with an interest in gender studies who are in the process of finishing an undergraduate degree, and wondering what to do next, as well as people from the wider community who may have been out of formal education for some time.

For further information on any aspect of the Institute’s work, please contact its Director, Professor Emma Rees: