The members of the Gender Equality College come from the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. Please browse below to find a member of the college who could help with your specific requirements:

Dr Gurleen Popli, Economics, Sheffield
My research is focused on labour market and socioeconomic inequalities and early years’ development of children; with interest in mental health and ethnicity based disparities. I was a member of the E&D Committee for the Faculty of Social Sciences  (2013 – 2015) and a member of the Female Academics’ Progression Action Plan Steering Group (2012 – 2013). 

Dr Lisa Thorley, POLIS, Leeds
I have conducted research on issues pertaining to women and land rights, food security and HIV, as well as climate change. I have undertaken numerous evaluations for UN agencies, the World Bank, donors and NGOs, all of which have been gender focused. 

Dr Briony Birdi,
Information School, Sheffield
Currently Co-Director of EDI for Social Sciences. Nominated member of National Diversity Committee and Ethics Review Panel (professional body), and recently part of steering group for national workforce mapping project, focusing on gender and ethnic diversity. I teach equality, diversity and social justice to Masters students. My research focuses on social justice in relation to reading and libraries. 

Dr Evangeline Tsao,
Centre for Women’s Studies, York
I am a Gender Equality Research Fellow researching on gender and intersectional (in)equality in HEI. I participate in Athena SWAN related activities at York. My research and teaching areas include feminist and critical pedagogy, sexuality, intersectionality and gender theories.

Dr Paula Meth,
Urban Studies and Planning, Sheffield
My research is mostly focused on gender quality issues, on gender violence, relations and changes tied to urban change. I have practical experience of gender equality challenges overseas.

Dr Alice Nah,
Centre for Applied Human Rights, York
I have conducted research on how gender and intersectionality shapes the risks experienced by human rights defenders, focusing on women and LGBTI defenders. I was commissioned by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders to write a report on the situation of women human rights defenders at risk, presented to the Human Rights Council in March 2019. 

Dr Lucasz Szulc, Sociological Studies, Sheffield
I have conducted research with LGBTQ communities, including transgender people.

Prof Vanita Sundaram, Education, York
My research programme focuses centrally on gender and education, with specific work being done on gender-based harassment and violence in education. I am Athena SWAN chair for my academic department and am an elected academic member of the University EDI Committee.

Dr Seth Mehl, School of English, Sheffield
I have conducted humanities-driven GCRF-funded research in South Africa into gender and well-being. I am a member of the Keywords Project, which studies semantic histories of English words whose complex meanings complicate the social and cultural debates of which they are a part – including, for example, ‘gender’, ‘feminist’, and ‘trans’.

Dr Lorna Warren,
Sociological Studies, Sheffield
The topic of gender and ageing has been the key focus of four grants that I have held.  Much of my research has taken a participatory approach, meaning I have worked closely with older people in investigating the topic and disseminating the results. With Prof Alan Walker, I established ChASM, a Charter against Ageism and Sexism in the Media. I am currently chairing the Athena Swan committee in the Department of Sociological Studies. 

Prof Johanna Stiebert
Theology & Religious Studies, Leeds
I have practical experience of gender equality challenges overseas. Research on gender roles in the Hebrew Bible, feminist and queer

Dr Lata Narayanaswamy,
International Studies, Leeds
I have been working broadly in the area of gender and development since 2000 – as a practitioner, consultant and now lecturer. My research is gender/feminism, power, knowledge and I am applying these ideas in consortia bids looking variously at climate change, water security and menstrual health. I am also active in thinking about ‘decolonising’ as a challenge to HE research, including ‘decolonising feminisms’.

Prof Susan Fitzmaurice, English, Sheffield
I am a member of a research group investigating gender equality challenges in projects funded by GCRF. I have practical experience of gender equality challenges in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Dr Eva Kipnis, International Marketing, Sheffield
My experience in gender equality challenges mainly relates to intersections of gender and other discriminated identity markers, particularly disability and ethnicity/race. My research focuses on representation of discriminated identities in media, as well as provision of services and products to individuals possessing discriminated identities by formal and informal market structures. Aspects that I have focused on include double jeopardy through intersections of disability, ethnicity/race and gender.

Prof Henrice Altink, History, York
I have worked extensively on gender in the Anglophone Caribbean and am editor of women’s history review. I was also an executive member of the Women’s History network for several years. I chair the Arts and Humanities Athena Swan working group at York and sit on the University’s Athena Swan committee. I also led on the history department’s successful bronze award application.

Dr Fan Bella Yang,
Centre for Health Economics, York
I have an interest in gender equality, my research is on health inequality and decision analytic modelling.

Dr Paula Birkinshaw, Business School, Leeds
I am interested in gendered leadership cultures, my PhD explored the under-representation of women at the top of higher education. My current research involves projects on: the missing women in higher education leadership; research on gender and leadership in the retail and finance sectors; exploring staff engagement and gendered cultures in health and academic medicine; and explorations of the missing women in professional working life. My responsibilities focus on these research activities within the field of critical approaches to leadership and gender within organizations. 

Prof Shane Doyle, African History, Leeds
I am Principal Investigator of a GCRF MRC-AHRC partnership on Maternal Mortality in East Africa. I have research experience in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Prof Sally Hines, Sociological Studies, Leeds
My specialist area is gender. I was Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds for 5 years. I have extensive experience of leading on funded projects on gender issues and currently am Principal Investigator on two gender related ESRC funded large projects.

Dr Huiping Xian,
Management School, Sheffield
My research is mostly focused on gender equality issues around women’s careers, HRM issues in Chinese organisations. I have practical experience of gender equality challenges overseas.

Dr Ingrid Kvangraven, Politics, York
My research is mostly on financialization in developing economies and global political economy. I am a founding member of the steering group for the Diversifying and Decolonising Economics organisation, which includes a mission to address sexism in Economics.

Professor Anna Mdee,
International Studies, Leeds
I am involved in research on water governance, livelihoods and local service delivery all with a gender equality lens, most of the work has been in sub-Saharan Africa. I have experience in using gender analysis frameworks (e.g SEAGA).

Dr Michaela Rogers,
Sociological Studies, Sheffield
My research is mostly focused on gender equality issues around gender-based violence and marginalised groups. I have practical experience of gender equality challenges in the UK.

Dr Opemiposi Adegbulu, Law, Leeds
I was instrumental in organising and securing funding for Women’s Paths, an interdisciplinary research group which focuses on international feminism and local women’s rights issues. I was one of the organisers of the “Women of the Global South and its Diasporas: Rights, Representation, Activism Symposium” conference (2018). I co-convened a monthly (PGR) Race and Law Reading Group, discussing intersectional feminism, race, gender, sexuality, identity, etc. I co-authored a paper with a public health and health policy researcher on gender equality and sustainable development in Africa, going beyond the binary. 

Professor Dorothea Kleine,
SIID: Sheffield Institute for International Development, Sheffield
I have over 15 years’ work on the role of information and communication technologies in international development with a Gender and Development (GAD) view, taking an intersectional approach, recognising the different life realities of women of different race, class, education backgrounds, sexual orientation etc. I supervised a PhD with the Body Shop on innovative pricing models accounting for women’s unpaid work in global community trade value chains. 

Dr Sian Evans,
Research & Innovation Service, Leeds
I work in research development, my experience is in the context of supporting academics writing research proposals across a wide range of topics.

Dr Harriet Gray, Politics, York
My research focuses on gender-based violence in armed forces and conflict spaces. I have carried out interview-based research on domestic violence in the British military and on conflict-related sexual violence among refugee populations in Uganda. My main interests lie in unpacking the gendered processes through which various harmful acts come to be understood as ‘violence,’ ‘sexual and gender-based violence’ and as ‘conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence’ – and in the political implications of these definitional processes.

Dr Lisa Buckner, Sociology and Social Policy, Leeds
My research is mostly focused on gender equality issues in local labour markets, in employment and unpaid caring, and STEM occupations.

Dr Beth Johnson, Media & Communication, Leeds
I am the chair of MeCCSA Women’s Network, workstream lead for diversity and inclusion on the Creat: KE project (University of York) and the Academic Lead for the University of Leeds Inclusive Teaching and Learning task group. My research has focused on gender and equality around representations of gender, social class and poverty in film and television.

Assoc Prof Kate Hardy, Business School, Leeds
I am the co-lead for Athena Swan in our School and Faculty. My research addresses gender equality at work, specifically in self-employment, the job market and in the industry. I have practical experience of
gender equality challenges overseas, and in the UK.

Professor Jane Plastow, English, Leeds
I have undertaken a range of research, mostly in Uganda, but also in India and Malawi, relating to gender equity. This has included work with intergenerational community groups and, more recently and extensively, with 13-16 year old’s (both male and female) concerning reproductive health education and kindness in relationships. I am also working in Kenya seeking to bring men into conversations about responsibility in relation to pregnancy care. 

Dr Sam Lewis, Law, Leeds
I have been doing theoretical and empirical research on the regulation of children and families for 20 years, often in collaboration with criminal justice and allied organisations. Since 2014 I have been working on filial violence (i.e. violence by children towards parents and carers), which overlaps significantly with children’s experiences of DV. Most recently, I have conducted research on filial violence with two northern police forces, funded by the N8 Policing Research Partnership.