Meet the genderED team
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 - genderED/RACE.ED liaison and Project Lead for Voices from the Early Days
Dr Radhika Govinda 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. Radhika is a member of the genderED Steering Group.
Rosalind Cavaghan - Project Manager and Lead Researcher Doing Gender Sensitive Research Project
Rosalind Cavaghan 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 - Co-Convener of 'Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World'
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.
Meryl created the Ordinary level course ‘Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World’ and currently co-convenes it with Dr Sarah Liu. Meryl is a member of the genderED Steering Group.
Sarah Liu - Co-Convener of 'Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World'
Dr Sarah Liu is a Lecturer in Gender and Politics in the School of Social and Political Science. Sarah designed and taught Gender and Politics, Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World, Politics of Immigration, Chinese Politics, East Asian Politics, Global Feminisms, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, and Research Methods in Politics.
Sarah co-convenes the Ordinary Level course ‘Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World’ alongside Dr Meryl Kenny.
Glyn Davis - Convener of 'Introduction to Queer Studies'
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.
Glyn convenes the Ordinary Level course ‘Introduction to Queer Studies’ at the Edinburgh College of Art. He is a member of the genderED Steering Group.
Aerin Lai - 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.
Shy Zvouloun - Communications and Events Intern
Shy Zvouloun is an incoming fourth-year Law 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Patricia Erskine is Head of Stakeholder Relations & Policy Officer for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.