• The Centre’s research strengths are focused on gender, violence, and issues of women’s equality and participation.

    Gender, Human Rights and Violence;
    Gender, Health and Well-Being;
    Environment and Sustainability;
    Gender, Culture, Representations, and Media;
    Employment, Families, Societies.

    The Centre has a vibrant graduate research program. In recent years, graduates of the Centre have received awards for outstanding thesis work including Dr Sally Newman (Women’s Studies 2008) joint winner of the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies PhD Award in 2010 and Dr Karolyne Quinn (Women’s Studies 2011) who won the  Monash Mollie Holman Medal in 2011.

    We welcome opportunities for collaboration in our research areas.

    Please contact the Centre Director, Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher for further information.

  • Dahlia’s PhD research contained more than the usual challenges of persistence and isolation; her interviews with women in Cairo had to be suspended as the events of the Arab Spring unfolded. She was undaunted however and returned to complete her important research focused on why well-educated middle class Egyptian women leave the labour market once Read more
  • Associate Professor Suzanne Fraser (Curtin University), Professor Jan Wright (University of Wollongong), Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher, Professor Alan Petersen and Dr Claire Tanner (Monash University)  Childhood Obesity Project Report Wright, J., Tanner, C. & Maher, J (forthcoming), ‘Social Class, anxieties and mothers’ food work’, Sociology of Health  and Illness Lindsay, J & Maher, J.  (2013) Consuming Families: Buying, Read more
  • Contemporary discourses about childhood and child well-being carry strong messages for parents and families about health weights and healthy bodies. Ideas about and fears about childhood obesity are shaping the lives of contemporary families in complex ways. Neo-liberal biomedical frameworks that emphasise individual responsibility don’t address the relational consumption practices that produce contemporary family lives.  Mothers, tasked with Read more
  • Nineteenth-Century Female Poisoners Three English Women Who Used Arsenic to Kill Nineteenth-Century Female Poisoners investigates the Essex poisoning trials of 1846 to 1851 where three women were charged with using arsenic to kill children, their husbands and brothers. Using newspapers, archival sources (including petitions and witness depositions), and records from parliamentary debates, the focus is not on whether Read more
  • Under the auspices of the Monash Warwick Alliance, Professor Jacqui True (Monash), Dr Juanita Elias (Warwick) and Dr Nicola Pratt (Reader, Warwick). hosted a two day sponsored workshop (April 9-10) on new approaches to violence against women. Rethinking Violence Against Women- Comparative and Transnational Perspectives brought together key gender researchers including early career and doctoral researchers from the two institutions with two key objectives. 1) Explore Read more
  • Warmest congratulations to Professor Jacqui True, whose book, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women, (OUP, 2012), has won the American Political Science Association’s Human Rights Best Book Award. The citation prepared by the judging committee reads as follows: ‘After reviewing 23 books, which were published in 2012, members of the American Political Science Association Human Rights Read more
  • Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic will be travelling to Doha, Qatar in December 2013 to participate in the inaugural World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2013. WISH 2013 will feature a distinguished audience of decision-makers and health experts from across the world, convening to discuss practical, lasting and innovative solutions to global healthcare challenges. This high-profile event, which Read more
  • These projects address the intersection of gender and criminality with a focus on the ways in which the institutions of law and justice draw on and reinforce gendered ideologies. Sex Work: Labour, mobility and sexual services (Routledge 2013)  Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher,  Professor Sharon Pickering and Dr Alison Gerard  Sex work has always attracted policy, public and Read more
  • Project Description and Aims This project was prompted by increasing public concern over Australia ‘s falling national birthrate and on-going political debate regarding the role and provision of paid maternity leave and other initiatives designed to encourage or support those Australians planning or raising families. We looked at the specific groups in contemporary Australia : women or Read more
  • Dr Amy Shields Dobson, Professor Denise Cuthbert, with students from ATS3852, 201 Completed with third-year Sociology and Gender Studies students, this project explores issues of gender identity in young people’s engagement with social network sites. Supervised by the chief investigators, students analysed gender discourses in young people’s expressions of identity in a range of online environments. Read more