Meet the GENDER.ED Steering Group

GENDER.ED Steering Group

GENDER.ED is supported by a steering group made up of academics and professional services staff from across the University who set its direction and priorities. The group is currently chaired by Director Dr Radhika Govinda. 

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Clara Calvert

Dr Clara Calvert is Chancellor’s Fellow in Global Challenges at the Centre for Global Health Research, Usher Institute, within the Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences. 

Her research interests include HIV, mortality, and pregnancy in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Hope Conway-Gebbie

Hope is the Women’s Liberation Officer for the Edinburgh University Students Association and is in her fourth year of an MA Sociology and Politics Degree. 


Her interest in gender issues also informs her academics, and she is currently writing a dissertation on the construction and evolution of dominant societal beauty standards for women. 

Harriet Cornell

Harriet Cornell

Dr Harriet Cornell is the Political Settlements Research Programme Manager and a Carnegie Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of History, Classics, and Archeology.

Harriet’s interest in gender, sexuality and justice stems from her research on power, authority, law and the State in early modern Scotland, including the implications of ‘Statecraft’ for the lives of ordinary people.

Patricia Erskine

Patricia Erskine

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

Ben Fletcher-Watson

Dr Ben Fletcher-Watson is the Administrative Manager at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

At IASH, he supports the work of visiting scholars and helps to present regular events across the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and beyond.

Laura Jeffery

Professor Laura Jeffery is the Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She is also Professor of Anthropology of Migration at the School of Social and Political Science.

As Dean of Research, she is keen to promote research and engagement on issues of gender and sexuality across all of the arts, humanities and social sciences disciplines covered in the College.

Agomoni Ganguli Mitra

Dr. Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra is Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow in Bioethics and Global Health Ethics, and Deputy-director of the JK Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law.

Her research is concerned with global bioethics, structural and gender justice. ethical issues related to global health emergencies, public health, global surrogacy, sex-selection, biomedical research, and racism in health.

Emma Gieben-Gamal

Dr Emma Gieben-Gamal is a Lecturer in Design Cultures within the School of Design and Joint Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for ECA.

Her work is driven by an interest in the relationship between design and identity and is increasingly motivated by a commitment to social justice.

Radhika Govinda

Dr Radhika Govinda is the Director of GENDER.ED.

She is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Principal Investigator of the project Teaching Feminisms, Transforming Lives. Her work demonstrates 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. 

Hemangini Gupta

Dr Hemangini Gupta is the Associate Director of GENDER.ED.

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. She researches and has teaching interests in transnational feminisms, postcolonial and decolonial theory, and gender and sexuality in the South. 

Hemangini is also an ‘Annual Research Showcase’ and ’16 Days Blogathon’ Event Lead, and the Co-Convener of ‘Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World.’

Louise Jackson

Professor Louise Jackson holds a Personal Chair of Modern Social History in the School of History, Classics, and Archeology.

Her research is concerned with histories of women and gender in modern Britain, as well as with histories of policing and surveillance, crime, deviancy, childhood, youth and sexuality.

Meryl Kenny

Dr Meryl Kenny 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.

rashné limki

Dr rashné limki is a Lecturer in Work and Organisation Studies at the Business School.

Her academic thinking and writing focuses mainly on the ethics and politics of work in a global context. In particular, she is interested in the role of difference (primarily, race and gender) in the emergence and distribution of new forms of work. More recently, she has been thinking about the eugenicist underpinnings of discourses on technology.

Sam Maccallum

As VP Education, Sam is responsible for representing students on issues of learning and teaching, from assessment and feedback, to lecture recording, and ensuring students have the opportunity to shape their academic experience at Edinburgh. 

Fiona Mackay

Professor Fiona Mackay is the Founding Director of GENDER.ED. She is a feminist political scientist and is the Acting Head of the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.

Fiona’s 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.

Lesley McAra

Professor Lesley McAra is the Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and is a Professor of Penology at Edinburgh Law School.

Lesley’s research interests lie in the general areas of the sociology of punishment and the sociology of law and deviance. Particular interests include: youth crime and juvenile justice; gender justice and community well-being; the politics of crime control; and comparative criminal justice. She is Co-Director (with Susan McVie) of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, and directs the Edinburgh Futures Institute.h

Nacim Pak-Shiraz

Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz is the Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Persian and Film Studies.

She is interested in film’s engagement with religion and spirituality, representations and constructions of gender in visual culture, the Iranian performing arts and religion, contemporary expressions of Islam in art and material culture, and Persian literature.

Zubin Mistry

Dr Zubin Mistry 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.

Rae Rosenberg

Dr Rae Rosenberg 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 LGBTQ+ people.

Merlin Seller

Dr Merlin Seller is a Lecturer in Design and Screen Cultures at the Edinburgh College of Art, and Convener of the undergraduate course ‘Introduction to Queer Studies.’

Her background is in Art History and Visual Cultural Studies, and their present research interests concern (post-)phenomenology, horror, and the non-human turn in new media.

Sarah Prescott

Professor Sarah Prescott is a professor of English literature, as well as the Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the chair of the IASH advisory board. 

Lucy Weir

Dr Lucy Weir is Chancellor’s Fellow at the Edinburgh College of Art. She is a specialist in dance and performance. In 2020, Lucy was named a New Generation Thinker by the AHRC and BBC.

Lucy is a co-founder and committee member of ‘Modernist Methodologies: Beyond Fine Art,’ an SGSAH-funded research network focusing on the wider material culture of modernism(s) and the avant-garde.

Hatice Yıldız

Dr Hatice Yıldız is a Lecturer in Modern Gender History since 1750 at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. She is affiliated with both the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History and the Edinburgh Centre for Global History. 

Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender, economic and social histories of South Asia and the Middle East.