Members of the Fay Gale Centre are involved in a wide range of projects relating to gender.

The Centre is actively working to develop these research strengths, fostering collaboration and developing new projects in our key research areas of social inclusion, citizenship and health.

Key research areas

  • Gender and Leadership

    Female talent remains one of the most underutilized resource in business, economy, politics, and society. In most countries around the world women remain in the minority when it comes to senior positions in both the public and private sectors (e.g. OECD 2009; McKinsey and Company 2010, 2012; Ernst and Young 2013).The obvious question is why aren't there more women in leadership positions? What personal, social and economic factors lead to low representation of women in leadership? Are there social, economic and business costs for having disproportionate representation of genders in leadership positions? Are there significant differences in leadership styles according to gender? What are the effective solutions to close the gender gap in leadership? The research strand on women and leadership is a multi-disciplinary field, bringing together economics, business, sociology, and other disciplines to investigate these and related questions.

    Theme leader: A/Prof Duygu Yengin. Email:

  • Gender, Health and Care

    Gender (and its intersections with a range of other key socio-cultural structures such as social class, racism/discrimination, ethnicity, sexualities, and abilities) affects many aspects of health and illness and is a powerful social determinant of health.  Gender influences how we experience our bodies, relationships between people, exposure to harmful activities and occupations, access to and seeking out health care, treatment from health professionals and the health technologies and research that inform diagnostics and medicine, as well as a wide range of other institutions and policies that shape health and wellbeing.  Gender affects the health of men as well as women and those who do not identify with this binary.  However, women are disproportionately responsible for caring for children and the elderly, as well as those who are unwell or differently-abled.  Centre members who research in this area come from a variety of disciplines (psychology, sociology, public health, anthropology, law) and bring a wealth of theoretical frames and methodologies to understand gender and health in local, national and global contexts. In bringing a gendered lens to health, our aim is to highlight the role of social injustice in the creation and perpetuation of health inequities, and to advocate for and enact change.

    Theme leaders: Prof Vivienne Moore, Dr Clemence Due & Prof Megan Warin. Email:

  • Belonging, Connectedness, well-being

    Belonging, connectedness, and well-being is a broad area that engages with issues around citizenship, migration, social justice and social movements. Globalization and technological advances have had a significant impact on the nature of migration, citizenship, inequality and social relations of power. This research strand brings together scholars working across a number of disciplines including the social sciences, humanities, law, and health sciences.

    Theme leaders:  Dr Pam Papadelos & Dr Nathan Manning


  • Lived sexualities

    Sexuality, including heterosexuality and the spectrum of LGBTIQ+ sexualities, is significant to identity, to how people live, and how they are treated. Sexuality research has been significant in providing a language and history for a wide-range of human experiences, and to supporting and enabling social and political change in the areas of sex and intimacy, sexual health and the human right to love and create families in a variety of forms. This research strand brings together scholars working on sexual behaviour, sexual identity, sexual health and inter-related issues of gender, queerness, and emotion.

    Theme leader: A/Prof Katie Barclay

  • Gender and Environment

    Gender research has role to play in environmental policy and sustainability generally. Why?

    Gendered Terrain of Disaster

    Socially Just Conservation

    Socially Sustainable

    And it can…

    1. Decentre the male subject of environmental policy, through paying greater attention to women and other marginalized social groups in development and environmental initiatives and the understanding that environments mean different things to different groups of people 
    2. Considers the importance of property rights and economic security and a recognition of women's unpaid labour in caring and environmental work 
    3. Provides arguments for the inclusion of women in decision-making and formal environmental governance and
    4. Can be a catalyst for illuminating the transformative potential of gendered struggles for emancipation but also the ambiguities in support for them from outside agencies.

    Leader: Prof Melissa Nursey-Bray. Email:

Ongoing Legacies of Discrimination and Violence Network (OLIRN)

The Ongoing Legacies of Discrimination and Violence Network (OLIRN), an international and interdisciplinary research network, partnered with Canada, UK, and Sweden.

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