Gender and Social Research



Organised by:

University of Essex


Professor Róisín Ryan-Flood and Dr Isabel Crowhurst


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


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Venue: Online


The course will provide students with a nuanced understanding of gender and power in social research, which will help them to develop questions and analyses that support a more rigorous engagement with social justice issues.

This course examines some of the gendered thinking that has impacted on social research in the social sciences. It critiques a male bias in the planning and carrying out of research. The course considers how to develop research questions and carry out the research process in ways that address questions of gender and wider social formations of power. Key issues explored are: developing research questions; ethics; analysis; voice and representation. There will be lectures and interactive sessions. Students will be expected to prepare for the workshop by completing readings beforehand. At the end of the course, participants will have a good understanding of how and why gender is significant to social research, ethics and epistemology.


Pre-requisites and advance information

Reading to be consulted in advance of the course:

Ryan-Flood, R. & Gill, R. (Eds.) (2010) Secrecy and Silence in the Research Process: Feminist Reflections. London: Routledge.

Ryan-Flood, R., Crowhurst, I. & Hawkins, L. (Eds.) (2023) Difficult Conversations: Feminist Dialogues. London: Routledge.


£140 - External academics, £160 - Commercial participants

Website and registration:


East of England


Epistemology, Research and Project Management, Research Ethics, Gender

Related publications and presentations:

Research and Project Management
Research Ethics

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