About the Centre for Gender Research

About us
The assignment for the Centre for Gender Research is to carry out research and teaching within the field of gender studies and to include social as well as biological perspectives on gender. The Centre shall co-operate with all of the University's research area committees, faculty committees and concerned departments. The Centre is run by a board and below the board by a director and a research director.

The Centre for Gender Research has existed for more than 30 years as an independent research unit within Uppsala University. In the beginning the Centre was run by female researchers, graduate and undergraduate stu­dents, all working on an unpaid basis. Soon the members started to talk about the possibility to formalise and establish the Centre as a more permanent unit at the University. July first, 1982 the Centre was incorporated as an independent research unit with its own place located in the Castle.

During these first years, the Centre had funding for two research appointments,  one belonging to the liter­ary scholar Birgitta Holm and the other to the psychologist Mona Eliasson, who was also director of the Centre between 1980-1990. 

Already at the start, the Centre’s work was based on the same trademarks as today, namely research, education, and communication. For example, the Centre had an information officer working with outreaching activities, such as the information booklet “SOFIA” which was published three times a year.

Also, the tradition of inviting researchers and guest lecturers from abroad, and thus maintaining an international and inspiring environment, was established from the very beginning. From 1990 until 2003 the Centre had five different directors; Eva Heggestad, Denise Malmberg, Gullög Nordquist,  Valerie DeMarin­is, and, once again, Mona Eliasson.

The interdisciplinary research conducted at the Centre for Gender Research results in a creative group environment made up by researchers who have their backgrounds in various disciplines in the faculties of the humanities, social sciences, natural/technological sciences and medicine. Our interdisciplinary research groups gather researchers from different areas but with similar interests and directions. Research conducted at the Centre can currently be divided into four strong profile areas: Body & Embodiment, Masculinities, Natural sciences & Medicine, and Organization and work.

Director for the Centre for Gender Research is Helena Wahlström Henriksson. Vice Director is  Anita Hussénius. A chair in gender studies has been appointed and in January 2016 the new professor, Gabriele Griffin, started her new position. Gabriele is also the Centre's new research director.

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary subject and therefore the Centre offers a broad educational base. Some of the more significant areas are: body/embodiment and sexualities, the aestethic field, natural sciences, and masculinities. In addition to our master's programme in Humanities with a Gender Studies profile, we give free-standing courses on both basic and advanced level. For English speaking students we offer courses on advanced level only. Beginning in the fall of 2016 a PhD program in Gender Studies will be offered at the Centre for Gender Research.

The Centre has a number of PhD students situated at the Centre and affiliated to other departments. At the moment, our five PhD students conduct research in; gender studies, physics education research, environmental communication and women’s and children’s health.