An interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to exploring the fascinating, multi-faceted concept of 'gender'.

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About us

As an interdisciplinary centre, the Centre for Gender Studies aims to encourage and develop diverse understanding concerning the social category of gender as well as its intersection with other social categories such as age, class, ethnicity, nationality, race, religion and sexuality.

This is evidenced in our research seminar series, which are open to the public, and in our conferences, which host prominent figures in the field and showcase recent advances in gender studies. Recent events have focussed on the relationship between women and death, the gendered impact of triggering Article 50, and the relationship between gender, space and place. To find out more, see below.

The University of Winchester, in particular the Centre for Gender Studies, plays a key role in Hampshire Pride, an annual series of events that provides a space for all of Hampshire to get together and celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community. In 2016 the CGS organised a series of fascinating lectures and a symposium as part of Hampshire Pride.

Contact the Centre for Gender Studies

The Centre for Gender Studies is convened by Dr Sian Edwards, Lecturer in Modern British History. Find out more about Sian and get in touch.

News and events

Latest news

November 2019

“You’re always on display, there’s nowhere to hide”: Winchester social scientist on women’s experiences of gyms as gendered spaces

Dr Luke Turnock

On 20 November, Dr Luke Turnock, a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Criminology in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Forensics and Politics, appeared on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Show, in an item about sexual harassment and intimidation in gyms (watch it here).

Dr Turnock, whose research interests include subcultures, masculinities and gender, has been investigating women’s experiences of gyms as 'gendered spaces'. Many of the women he has spoken to report frequent instances of uncomfortable staring, either sexual or "men questioning what women were doing in their space". He also highlighted the role that 'identity formation' can play - "insecure young men wanting to belong to something" and being encouraged to behave in an intimidating way.

Small changes in gym layout can make a big difference, he argued, giving the example of a gym where the dumbbells were situated right outside the women's changing room, meaning the men congregated there and women were forced to navigate their way through them.

Dr Turnock, who also carries out research into steroid use and is planning to investigate masculinities in the military, is a member of the Centre for Gender Studies.

Watch Dr Luke Turnock's BBC interview.

Recent events

4-6 Jan. 2019: Geographies of Gender: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Space & Place

The spatial turn has led to significant revisions as scholars note how gender roles and identities are constructed along spatial lines, and the importance of place to experiences of the individual. This conference sought to explore this from all disciplines, across all periods and locations. Keynote speaker: Prof. Lucy Robinson, Professor of Collaborative History, University of Sussex.

Areas of interest included:

  • Individual agency and the negotiation of space
  • Locality, place, identity and community
  • The home, the workplace, and places of leisure
  • The rural and urban experience
  • Material and digital spaces
  • Bodies and representation
  • Resistance, politics and transgression
  • Gender and globalisation
  • Intersectionality and the public sphere


In 2018, CGS Convener Dr Sian Edwards launched her book Youth Movements, Citizenship and the English Countryside: Creating Good Citizens, 1930-1960. Based on Dr Edwards' PhD research, it explored the centrality of the countryside in the training of British youth organisations in the mid-twentieth century.


In 2017, CGS members hosted the interdisciplinary Death and the Maiden conference, which focussed on the relationship between women and death. Among the contributors were scholars, death doulas, scientists, morticians, game developers, museum professionals, artists, anthropologists and activists, to name but a few. The aim was for contributors and audience to confront this often challenging topic through science, literature, art, first person narratives, culture, history and current events, through a series of talks, workshops, discussions, exhibitions and more. Find out more.