Research course

Genders, Sexualities and Intimacies

Open University · Department of Social Policy

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

This research area is a meeting point for critical interdisciplinary scholarship on gender, sexuality and intimacies in the contemporary world.

There are long-standing research interests around everyday nuances of intimacy and family life, including same-sex parent families and long-term relationships, alongside broader interests around sex, sexuality and sexual citizenship. Research interests also focus on how and why our intimate relationships can become sites of gendered violence, abuse and harm – in the context of domestic environments, refugee communities and activist groups and communities. This complements a long-standing research area on domestic homicide and gender in policing.

Research in this area also explores punitiveness at the intersection of criminal justice and social policy on particular gendered and sexual subjects.

This research area also sustains a critical focus on resistance, agency and activism of women, victim-survivors, non-binary and transgender individuals, as well as lesbian, bisexual and queer women to disrupt power and contest structural violence. This further encompasses concerns with ‘justice’, ‘survival’ ‘rights’ and ‘recovery’ in criminal justice approaches, support services, social movements and transformative justice.

Staff in this research area are members of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) and/or Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

          Course contact details

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