Introducing the GENDER.ED Steering Group – Laura Airey and Christina Boswell

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This post is part of a series of short profiles of GENDER.ED Steering Group members, on the occasion of the launch of our new website.

Dr Laura Airey is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Business School. Her current research focuses on the experiences of older workers (50+) in the labour market. In the field of ageing and employment, the study of gendered social/caring roles across the lifecourse is crucial for understanding men and women’s patterns of employment in later life. Her hope for GENDER.ED is that it will foster a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of gender/sexuality researchers.

Laura’s recommendations for students curious about the study of gender and sexualities:

  • Rubery, J. and Hebson, G. (2018) ‘Applying a gender lens to employment relations: Revitalisation, resistance and risks’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 60(3): 414-436.
  • Loretto, W. and Vickerstaff, S. (2013) ‘The Domestic and Gendered Context for Retirement’, Human Relations.  66: 1, pp65-86.
  • Criado-Perez, C. (2019) Invisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men.


Christina Boswell

Professor Christina Boswell is the Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She works on the role of knowledge in politics and policy, especially in relation to immigration policy.

As Dean of Research for the College, she is keen to promote research and engagement on issues of gender and sexuality across all the arts, humanities, and social science disciplines covered in our College. She feels that GENDER.ED is an excellent example of how we can support collaboration across disciplines in order to understand society and address contemporary challenges – not least to question and improve how we deal with gender issues as an institution.

Gender is central to the College theme on Inequalities and Identities, and a key dimension of understanding all of the other themes – including Health and Well–being, Childhood and Youth, Work and the Economy, and Governance and Democracy.