Identities, Subjectivities and Inequalities research theme
The Identities, Subjectivities, and Inequalities research theme is a collective of researchers who focus on exploring the ways in which identities, subjectivities, and inequalities are produced. Members focus on exploring how individuals make sense of their selves and the worlds they inhabit as well as on wider social practices and discourses. Theme members are informed by a diverse range of academic disciplines including anthropology, cultural studies, education, politics, social psychology, social work, and sociology.
Areas of expertise
Members of the theme undertake research in a number of areas which include:
- Disability studies
- Race and ethnicity
- Social class
- Popular culture
- Social movements
- Feminist studies and feminist theories
- Femininities and masculinities
- Queer studies
- Appearance, embodiment, and theories of the body
- Relationships, intimacy, and family studies
- Reproduction and having/not having children
- Children and childhood studies
- Youth and young people
- Education and student identities
Recent and ongoing research projects
Recent and ongoing research projects which members of the theme are involved with include:
Disability rights and robotics: Co-producing futures 2019-2020
This project brought together a team of 25 co-researchers from UWE Bristol, Fairfield Farm College and Wiltshire Centre of Independent Living.
The research question for the project was: How can robotic technologies support disability rights?
- Disability rights - Co-production is working together to invest in developing the framework for understanding disability rights. Robotics engineers want to know preferred terms. Invest in careful preparation for working together.
- Driving robotics design – “Co-design is essential – without it, it is pointless!” We want to be involved in the design of inclusive, non-stigmatising robotic technology before a prototype is developed. As many different people as possible need to be involved so robots are friendly and exciting!
- Equal access - We want to be able to use robotic technology in the future like everyone else; in schools, colleges, art galleries, for meetings.
- Communication - We want robots to be ready to understand a wide range of ways we communicate as well as learning our preferences – it is frustrating if demonstrations are not accessible.
- Privacy – it's is an entitlement and it’s enshrined in law.
- Feelings - Systems engineers want to know how people are feeling, emotion, circumstances and need dialogue – purpose links to feelings. If robots are frightening, it will be off-putting, and watch out for potential to manipulate emotions and deceive.
Romantic relationships in a time of 'cold intimacies'
Weddings and inequalities
ImaYDiT (“I Made It”): Imagining young disabled people’s transitions in a time of major societal change
Young people's perceptions of menopause
Let Toys Be Toys
Lesbian/Queer masculinities UK research
Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT)
How can we improve primary care services for young people with an eating disorder? A qualitative investigation of key stakeholder perspectives
ReproMigrants: A study of cross-border reproduction
Nurture commodified: A political economy of the breastmilk industry
Pansexuality and panromance
Inclusive campus #SpeakUp anti-sexual violence social norms campaign
This inter-disciplinary academic project is funded by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (£50,000 Catalyst Funding) and comprises two projects:
Project 1: Bystander initiative evaluation and development
- Methods: Evaluate Bystander through pre/post questionnaires to 86 students followed by focus groups with 15 students.
- Aim: Produce modified Bystander initiative training programme materials and academic papers.
Project 2: Bystander social norms campaign
- Methods: Work collaboratively with staff and students to embed the outputs from Project 1 evaluation into a university social norms campaign.
- Aim: Develop pro-social norms refined from Project 1 evaluation and ensure these are embedded in the University's #SpeakUp marketing campaign launched in September 2018. The pro-social norms would be evident in the elements of the campaign including an animated film, posters and webpages.
Project contacts: Dr Helen Bovill (Principal Investigator), Dr Richard Waller (Co-Investigator), and Professor Kieran McCartan (Co-Investigator). The project team also comprises Ana Miguel Lazaro (Project Lead, Student Inclusivity); Suzanne Carrie; Dr Thomas Smith; Rachel Colley; Justine Thaysen; Alyssa Willis, UWE Bristol Student Union VP for Societies & Communication; UWE Bristol Student Union VP for Community & Welfare; and external experts Lisa Benjamin, Somerset & Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS); Rueben Chatterjee, Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI); and Charlotte Gage (Bristol Zero Tolerance).