Meet the genderED Core Team

Director

Radhika Govinda

Dr Radhika Govinda is the Director of genderED (January-December 2022). 


Radhika is one of the Associate Directors of genderED and is presently its Interim Director. She is a feminist sociologist at the School of Social and Political Science. 

Radhika’s research bridges the fields of sociology of gender, international development and South Asian Studies. Her work sheds light on the importance of understanding gender politics at the intersections of caste, class, race/ethnicity and religion in women’s and social movements, in development policies and practice, in everyday social relations, and in the global dynamics of knowledge production. She was the Principal Investigator of the recently concluded international project, Teaching Feminisms, Transforming Lives: Questions of Identity, Pedagogy and Violence in India and the UK.  

Associate Director

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Dr Hemangini Gupta is an Associate Director of genderED.

 

Hemangini is a Lecturer in Gender and Global Politics at the School of Social and Political Science. She has a PhD in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

Hemangini researches and has teaching interests in transnational feminisms, postcolonial and decolonial theory, and gender and sexuality in the South. Her PhD thesis was based on an ethnographic study of what she understands as “startup capitalism” in Bangalore, India. It is the basis for a monograph now under contract with the University of California Press, tentatively titled “Startup Capitalism: Experimental Lives and Feminised Labor in India.”

Steering Group Leads

Prof Fiona Mackay is genderED’s Governance and Policy Advisor.

 

Fiona is the founding Director of genderED (2017-2022). 

She is a feminist political scientist at the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the impact of gender reform efforts during periods of restructuring and institutional change, addressing the extent to which global and local institutions of politics and governance may be designed or reformed to address gender inequality and promote gender justice.

Fiona is a member of the Steering Group.

Dr Patricia Erskine is genderED’s Stakeholder Relations Advisor.

 

Patricia is Head of Stakeholder Relations & Policy Officer for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

She is a member of the Steering Group.

Dr Meryl Kenny is genderED’s Education Advisor.


Meryl is a Senior Lecturer in Gender and Politics, Convenor of the Gender Politics Research Group, and Co-Director of the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network.

She is a member of the Steering Group, and is the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Project Lead and the Co-Convener of ‘Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World.’

Projects & Events Leads

Rosalind Cavaghan

Dr Rosalind Cavaghan is the Project Manager and Lead Researcher of the ‘Doing Gender Sensitive Research’ Project.


She is an independent scholar and consultant who manages genderED’s SFC/GCRF funded project ‘Integrating Gender into GCRF Funding Bids and Projects’. The project aims to increase gender sensitive research capacity across all disciplines, especially STEMM at Edinburgh and in partner institutions.

Her research applies a feminist political economy lens to EU macro economic policy, climate transition policies and post-Brexit trade policy, focusing on intersectional policy impacts and bureaucratic and civil society knowledge production processes, that seek to promote or challenge existing policy.

Meryl Kenny

Dr Meryl Kenny is the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Project Lead, and the Co-Convener of ‘Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World.’


She is a Senior Lecturer in Gender and Politics, Convenor of the Gender Politics Research Group, and Co-Director of the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network. Meryl’s research interests bridge the intersection of gender politics, party politics, territorial politics, and institutional approaches to the study of politics.

Meryl created the Ordinary level course ‘Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World’ and currently co-convenes it with Dr Hemangini Gupta. Meryl is a member of the genderED Steering Group.

Radhika Govinda

Dr Radhika Govinda is the ‘UNA Europa’ and ‘Voices from the Early Days’ Project Lead, as well as the ‘Spring Into Methods’ Event Lead.

 

Radhika is also the Interim Director of genderED. She is a feminist sociologist at the School of Social and Political Science.

Zubin Mistry

Dr Zubin Mistry is a ’16 Days Blogathon’ Project Co-Lead.

 

He is a Lecturer in Early Medieval European History. He is a historian of early medieval Europe between 500 and 1000 whose work focuses in particular on reproduction. His research uses topics like abortion and infertility to think about religious beliefs, legal regimes, political culture and medical practice.

Zubin is a member of the Steering Group.

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Dr Rae Rosenberg is an ‘Annual Research Showcase’ Event Co-Lead.

 

He is a Lecturer in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh.

Rae holds a Ph.D. in Critical Human Geography from York University and his work explores the contestations of living, and forms of resistance and belonging, amongst multiply-marginalized LGBTQ2+ people.

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Dr Hemangini Gupta is a ’16 Days Blogathon’ Project Co-Lead, and the Co-Convener of ‘Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World.’


Hemangini is a Lecturer in Gender and Global Politics at the School of Social and Political Science. She is also an Associate Director of genderED.

Communications

Aerin Lai is genderED’s PhD Communications and Editorial Assistant.


Aerin Lai is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh’s Sociology department. Her research focusses on masculinities in Singapore, specifically through a postcolonial intersectional lens. 

Lauren Galligan is genderED’s Undergraduate Communications and Events Intern.


Lauren is an incoming fourth year English Literature student at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

Lauren is interested in analysing literature through feminist and queer lenses and exploring themes such as motherhood and the family, masculinity, dynamics of sex and power, and women’s bodies. Outside of her studies, Lauren is passionate about class, reproductive equality and menstruation, particularly in regards to period poverty.

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