We are delighted to announce another round of AHRC and ESRC fully-funded studentships at the University of Brighton through the TECHNE 2 and SOUTH COAST Doctoral Training Partnerships.

The Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender (CTSG) is a centre of excellence for interdisciplinary community-facing impactful research in gender and sexualities research. The Centre provides an intellectual home to internationally recognised scholars who work in a wide range of fields intersecting with the study of genders, sexualities and social change across the Arts & Humanities and the Social Sciences.

We are inviting prospective doctoral students who are interested in applying for studentships either through the AHRC TECHNE 2 Scheme or ESRC South Coast programme, with a focus on innovative and interdisciplinary gender and sexualities research.

The centre incorporates four key research themes:

  • LGBTQ lives research
  • Sex, sexuality and health
  • Digital sexualities
  • Gender & Citizen Equality

We are committed to cutting-edge research and community engagement that impacts on policy and practice. Many of our researchers have a shared commitment to feminist and queer theoretical approaches and use a variety of methodologies that are participatory, visual and creative. We promote gender-inclusive and anti-racist research practices.

The Centre has a thriving early career researcher community and students benefit from a rich programme of invited speakers, workshops, reading groups and networking events. We host several national and international conferences every year, including a yearly Transforming Sexuality and Gender Postgraduate Conference for PGR by PGR, attended by 100+ delegates in 2022.

PhD students have access to the Research Centre’s own methodological space, The Creative Methods Lab, where researchers meet to develop and conduct research, using state-of the-art visual and audio recording equipment.

The Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender offers an opportunity to work with researchers specialising in gender and sexualities research across a broad range of subject areas, including:

  • Digital and social media cultures, gender and sexuality
  • Activism
  • Cultural studies and popular culture
  • Drama and sexualities
  • Early Modern sexuality and gender
  • Health inequalities
  • Human geography
  • Literature and film
  • Media studies
  • Sexual practices, identities and cultures
  • Sexualities, health & mental health
  • Social policyYouth cultures, gender and sexuality

We welcome expressions of interest from potential applicants interested in pursuing PhD research in the areas listed above. You can find out more about the Centre members’ research expertise on our website.

How to apply: Enquiries can be made to Director of CTSG, Dr Olu Jenzen (o.jenzen@brighton.ac.uk), who can also help you identify a potential supervisor.

You can also make contact with a potential supervisor directly or contact the Research Centre via email: sexgencentre@brighton.ac.uk

Potential supervisors typically consider draft applications in November and December. The deadlines for internal selection are 3 January for TECHNE and 4 January for South Coast.

Types of funding:

Applicants need to meet AHRC / ESRC eligibility criteria for funding. The ESRC studentship also offers the option of a Masters+PhD route (1+3 funding).

For full details on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC) see here

For full details on the Techne Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC) see here

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