Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Professor Sally Hines

Professor of Sociology and Gender Identities

I am a Professor of Sociology and Gender Identities in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, and Leader of the ‘Inequalities Academic Area’. 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.   

I have published widely in the areas of transgender, gender, sexuality, intimacy, the body and feminist politics and theory (see link to full publications). 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 am co-editor of the Routledge Book Series 'Advances in Critical Diversities'.  

Research Interests

I am the Principle Investigator of a 3 year international project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (2017-2021) titled ‘Pregnant Men: An International Exploration of Trans Male Experiences and Practices of Reproduction. With Co-Investigators from the UK, US, Australia, Poland and Italy, the project represents the first study to address the sociological and health care implications of the reproductive practices of people who become pregnant and/or give birth after transitioning from female to male.

I am also the Principle Investigator of a 3 year project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (2017-2021) titled Living Gender in Diverse Times: Young People’s Understandings and Practices of Gender in the Contemporary UK. With co-investigators Sharon Elley, Kim Allan and Mike Bannon (University of Leeds) the project exploresyoung people’s understandings and practices of gender in contemporary UK society through a number of conceptual and substantive lenses: identity, embodiment and expression; practices of intimate and family life; peer and friendship networks; leisure and social media spaces; spaces of education and work; the media. The project seeks to fuse the material and the cultural dimensions of everyday life in addressing the intersections across and between these sites.

My previous 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 on the ESRC grant ‘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 contribute to the MA modules ‘Theorising Gender’ and ‘Inequalities in Media'.

PhD Supervision

I have much experience of supervising PhD students to completion. Previous PhD students have worked in the areas of masculinity and music; masculinity and war; asexuality; transgender; feminism and heterosexuality; heterosex; sexwork; non-binary identity;

I currently supervise PhD students who are working in the following areas: gendered use of social media; gender diversity in Japan, gender verification practices in sport; bisexuality and violence; masculinity and sexuality; sexism in Left politics; inclusivity in domestic violence service provision. 

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

Key Publications

Journal articles

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