Geographies of Gender research projects
Members of the Geographies of Gender research programme are currently engaged in the following research projects.
The list below may also include a small number of archived projects. In due course, these will be listed separately.
- Gender and Education in Antigua and Barbuda
- Concern has been expressed over the situation of rising numbers of boys and young men in Caribbean countries, with a pattern of disengagement in education, dropping out of school, non-participation in the labour market, anti-social and criminal behaviours, and increasing suicide levels. Research in Antigua and Barbuda, however, has revealed a more nuanced interpretation of the issue, with class cross-cutting gender, and evidence of girls who were at least as disadvantaged as boys. In response to this, we have been working with the Ministry of Education in Antigua and Barbuda to develop intervention strategies which appear to impact on girls and boys alike and to promote greater engagement with school.
- Gender and Education within East Africa and the Caribbean
- This research focuses on why some girls from very poor backgrounds, or from families where education for girls is not valued, nevertheless stay in school.
- Gendered Geographies of Regional Economies: Work-Life (Im)Balance and Socioeconomic Competitiveness
- With the shift to the New Economy, 'flexibility' for many workers has come to mean increased workloads, less predictable work schedules, and more unsocial work hours as firms demand they work longer and harder in ways which minimise labour costs. This research involves a inter-regional comparative study of the impacts of WLB provision on the socio-economic performance of IT firms within two high tech regional economies: Cambridge, UK and Dublin, Ireland.
- Gendering the New Economy
- A summary of this project will be online shortly.
- The gender gap in education
- The gender gap in education began to attract the attention of the British government and media in the mid-1990s, when it became apparent that girls were out-performing boys at school, at least in terms of certain key academic measures. This project explores the parameters and reasons behind the apparent 'under-achievement' among boys in English schools.
- Youth Culture and the Social Construction of Gender
- This is a new series of projects stemming from research on the gender gap in education, and exploring in more depth some of its socio-cultural aspects.