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Family, Gender and Equality Research Unit

The Family, Gender and Equality Research Unit (FGERU) provides a supportive structure for members to research the broad areas of family, gender and equality.

Based in the Department of Law, the Family Gender and Equality Research Unit (FGERU) is part of the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR).

We cover a broad and diverse range of research activity; we're active across law and several other multi-disciplinary areas. Individually, our members develop their own specialisms within the family, gender and equality research space.

Our work involves promoting equality of rights and opportunities for all.

What do we do?

Our activities include research, advocacy, public engagement events, community support work, training and consultancy.

Our innovative research helps understand:

  • The diverse nature and needs of the modern family
  • Questions of children’s rights and access to them
  • The nature of family relationships
  • The significance of gender issues.

We represent a diverse range of expertise in these fields.

Our members address specific questions within domestic abuse, the operation of the recent Public Law Outline and gender identity.

In addition, the modern family constitution, child rights and vulnerability as well as providing broader commentary on the interaction between family, gender and equality issues.

Our aim

We aim to increase awareness of gender equality and family justice based on principles of diversity and human rights. 

To achieve our aim we actively seek and support new members and collaborations from within the Department of Law, across the University and in the wider research community. 

We also provide a forum for members to present and discuss their current work and help develop ideas and initiatives for future research. 

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