The Department of Sociology has been awarded the prestigious Athena SWAN bronze award. The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.
In May 2015, the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
Visit the Athena SWAN website to learn more about the application process and the criteria for receiving a bronze award.
"We have endeavoured to embed Athena SWAN principles across the department and in all activities in order that it become second nature to us. Our department ensures that decisions are shared widely. We now have an entire department familiar with and dedicated to Athena SWAN principles."
The Department of Sociology has a long history of groundbreaking, innovative work on gender, sexuality and inequality. Below are listed some recent activities of five outstanding academics at different stages of their careers, from PhD students to full Professors, all of whom have an interest in gender equality.
ProfessorDepartment of Sociology, University of Essex
Pam has written extensively about gender, social history and criminology. She is currently working on a project that focuses on a pressing present-day challenge - that of recurrent care proceedings in the English child protection system. As a partner in an interdisciplinary project working with a large group of local authorities, she helps them in developing new services in this field. She was recently a co-investigator on a further policy project scoping the needs of victims of honour based abuse, forced marriage and FGM.
Senior LecturerDepartment of Sociology, University of Essex
Isabel's influential research is concerned with non-normative sexual practices and intimate lives, how these shape and are shaped by socio-economic dynamics, and how they are negotiated and made sense of in everyday lived experiences. She has explored these aspects in two strands of research, the first on the regulation and governance of commercial sex, and the second on the changing nature of intimate citizenship regimes in Europe.
Sharing our rich knowledge and understanding of gender is an integral part of what we do in the Department of Sociology. Many of our teaching modules introduce key theories to our students as together we examine society's understanding of gender. Through our teaching we help our students to think critically about how gender shapes our understanding and construct of the society we live in. Below we showcase some of our most exciting modules:
Our department fosters an inclusive research and teaching environment. Below is a list of some of the resources available to those in the department and across the University of Essex.