Research course

Genders, sexualities and intimacies

Institution
Open University · Department of Social Policy
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry

October

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).

Current/recent research projects

  • Angela Charles: Black Women’s Experiences in Prison through an Intersectional Lens
  • Amy Dean: "Real or No Real" Young people’s understandings of pleasure, safe sex and healthy relationships
  • Olga Plakhotnik: Queer(Y)ing Kinship in Postsocialist World: Non-Heterosexual Families of the Intersection of Nationalism, (Post) Coloniality and Capitalism
  • Tom Whitney: Risk and Intimacy – A Qualitative Examination of the Impact of Pharmaceutical HIV Prevention Technologies on Serodiscordant Partnerships in the UK

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Phone
+44 (0)1908 654534