Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Dr Sally Hines

Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies

I am an Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy. I joined the School in 2007. Between 2009 – 2014 I was the Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.  I work in the areas of gender, sexuality, intimacy, and the body; addressing transformations in these identity practices and everyday experiences. I am interested in how substantive changes feed into theoretical debates around citizenship, recognition and social movements. The focus on the intersections – and disconnections - of gender, sexuality, and embodiment are brought together in my body of work on transgender.   

Research Interests

My recent work has addressed the role of social movements in changing gendered and sexual understandings and practices, especially around questions of ‘difference’.  Between 2008 - 2010 I was PI of a grant funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) titled Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship', the findings of which are explored in my book 'Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship: Towards a Politics of Difference (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). The project led to an ESRC funded Knowledge Exchange Project 'Recognizing Diversity?: Equalities in Principle and Practice (2009-2010). 

Between 2011 – 2013 I was co- grant holder of the ESRC Seminar Series 'Critical Diversities'.  I am co-editor of the Routledge Book Series 'Advances in Critical Diversities'. I am currently working on a sole-authored book 'Gender, Society and Culture' (Forthcoming, Sage, 2017). I co-founded the BSA Gender Studies Study Group and co-convened this between 2010-2014. I am co-founder and co-convener of ‘Sexgen’, an interdisciplinary network that brings together gender studies centres across the North of England and Scotland through a series of seminars.


I currently convene the following modules:

  • MA Que(e)rying Sexualities
  • MA Researching Gender
  • UG Sociology of Gender

I also contribute to the MA modules ‘Theorising Gender’ and ‘Contested Bodies’ , and the UG module Identities, Inequality and Policy.

PhD Supervision

I currently supervise PhD students who are working in the following areas: Asexuality; Non-binary gender identities; Male Escorts; Young women’s use of social media; gender diversity in Japan; Feminism and heterosexuality, young adults sexualities within schools, gender verification and Olympic athletes; trans people’s health experiences; trans autobiography.

I am interested in supervising topics related to the broad areas of:

  • Transgender and gender diversity
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • The body
  • Intimacies
  • Citizenship, recognition and social movements

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