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Gender Institute

Gender Institute

Research. Teaching. Impact.

Welcome to the Gender Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London. Founded in 2020 with funding from the British Academy, the Gender Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London looks to become a hub for study, teaching, learning, and activism about gender and sexuality on campus. The Institute has three primary goals: to support faculty and student research and research collaboration in the study of gender and sexuality, to support teaching and learning of and around gender and sexuality, and to produce resources for community engagement and impact around gender and sexuality.  As we build our programming, the Gender Institute is interested in what members of the Royal Holloway Community would like the Institute to provide, how members of the community would like to be involved, and how Royal Holloway's students and staff see its Gender Institute. Please email us, and/or fill out our stakeholder survey!

Each month for the 2021-2022 Academic Year, The Gender Institute will be featuring a scholar who studies gender at Royal Holloway, including information about the scholar on our page, social media blasts, and a talk! 

Scholar of the Month October 2021

Professor Sarah Childs

Recent achievements

UK Political Studies Association ‘Special Recognition Award’ November 2015


Over 60 publications: Recent Publications

CPA: Gender Sensitizing Parliaments Guidelines, 2020

UN Women: Primer for Gender Sensitive Parliaments in response to 

COVID-19,  2020

The Remotely Representative House, 2021


Current Research Funding 

Building Feminist Institutions: Parliaments, Institutionalism and Change funded by the Leverhulme Trust


Other roles outside of Royal Holloway

Sarah Childs is an impactful academic: in 2009-10 she was the gender Specialist Adviser to the UK Parliament’s “Speaker’s Conference” on representation and in 2014 the Special Advisor to the All Party Parliament Group, Women in Parliament Inquiry.  Following a secondment to the House of Commons in 2015-16 funded by the ESRC, Sarah published “The Good Parliament (TGP) Report” which identified a series of reforms to make the UK House of Commons diversity sensitive. On her recommendation a new group of MPs, The Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion was established by Mr Speaker, a new group on which she has served as specialist advisor. 


Scholar of the Month Speaker Session:

Thursday 28th October at 5pm (online or in person at the Horton Lecture Theatre 2)

"Making Representative Political Institutions Feminist”



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