Meet the genderED team

Fiona Mackay

Fiona Mackay - Director

Fiona Mackay is the founding Director of genderED. She is a feminist political scientist and formerly Dean and 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.

Radhika Govinda

Radhika Govinda - genderED/RACE.ED liaison and Project Lead for Voices from the Early Days

Dr Radhika Govinda is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Primary 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.

Rebecca Moody

Rebecca Moody - Administrator

Subject Academic Support Officer (Centre of African Studies)

Iz Gius

Iz Gius - Gender and Sexualities Communications Intern

Incoming fourth-year English Literature and History student, working jointly with genderED and IASH. 

genderED steering group

genderED 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 Fiona Mackay. 

Laura Airey

Laura Airey

Dr Laura Airey is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Business School, focusing on the experiences of older workers 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.  

Christina Boswell

Christina Boswell

Professor Christina Boswell is the Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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.

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.

Glyn Davis

Glyn Davis

Dr Glyn Davis is a Chancellor’s Fellow and Reader at the School of Design and the project leader of ‘Cruising the 1970s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures’. 

He is a theorist and historian of queer visual culture. 

Claire Duncanson

Claire Duncanson

Dr Claire Duncanson is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and a researcher on the Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace project, which is based on the premise that sustaining peace and security requires addressing the inequalities, marginalizations and exclusions that underlie armed conflicts.
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

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.

Emma Gieben-Gamal

Emma Gieben-Gamal

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.

Meryl Kenny

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.

Louise Jackson

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.

Dorothy Miell

Dorothy Miell

Professor Dorothy Miell OBE is Vice-Principal of the University of Edinburgh and Head of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Dorothy is by background a Social Psychologist, working on relationships and communication and especially how these are involved in the process of collaborative working across disciplines.

Zubin Mistry

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.

Nacim Pak-Shiraz

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.

Diana Paton

Diana Paton

Professor Diana Paton holds the William Robertson Chair of History. She is a historian of the Caribbean in global context.

Her research has pursued three interwoven strands: the history of punishment, crime, and state formation; the history of gender in slave and post-slave societies; and the regulation and political status of religious cultures of healing and power.

Sara Shinton

Sara Shinton

Dr Sara Shinton is the Head of Research Development and Assistant Director of the Institute for Academic Development.

For the last 20 years her work has focused on supporting researchers in higher education, principally through training workshops, published guides and partnerships with institutions, funders and professional bodies.

Steve Yearley

Steve Yearley

Professor Steve Yearley is the Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and holds the STIS Chair in the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge.

Steve is well-known for his work in social studies of science and in environmental sociology, and he is particularly concerned with areas where these specialisms overlap: for example, in environmental controversies with a pronounced scientific element.