We are an academic community of interdisciplinary scholars who share an interest in understanding the place and impact of gender. Our Research Associates, Associate Members, and Research Fellows conduct research in Burma, China, Italy, Liberia, Turkey, Tanzania, Britain and beyond. We research the gendered nature of political economy; climate change; forced migration and impact on family structure; the politics of aid; faith-based humanitarianism; alternative feminisms; gendered memory and oral traditions; gender-based violence, and changing notions of masculinities among many other areas.
It is a source of great pride that in 1996 we were offered the patronage of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. As the patron of our centre, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has urged us towards exciting new directions in the study of gender, education, and democratic governance in Burma. We invite you to learn more about our current engagements in the study of Gender in Burma, made possible by a generous Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Trust-funded Junior Research Fellow position and also a Visiting Research Fellowship funded by the Body Shop Foundation.
We are based at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, and have been part of the broader University of Oxford community for more than 30 years. The Centre is a busy site of academic research, mentoring, presentation, intense debate and informative international exchange.
The Centre's research, teaching in the Oxford MSt in Women's Studies programme, and emphasis on high-impact publications all analyse and interpret gender differentiation and inequality from a context-sensitive and feminist critical perspective. Gender is key to advancing transformative research methodologies. This entails collaboration with the women and men we study, by including their voices, aspirations and values into critical feminist theorizing. The inherent challenges in cross cultural Gender Studies of providing sensitive, transformative interpretations are the greater for a volatile and rapidly changing world in which economic and financial crises, environmental changes, technological innovations, military conflicts, religious schisms and shifts in the global balance of power, continue to create complex contexts.