About Us

We are a research consortium of 10 organisations across Europe. Co-investigators work  in gender and sexualities research in and across the disciplines of sociology, human geography, philosophy, gender studies, anthropology, area studies, cultural studies, demography, and political sciences. 

We draw on a queer feminist ethos of collaborative work and mutual learning, and thus will actively engage with diverse civil society organisations (CSO), informal groups, as well as external experts forming an Advisory Board.

Dr Latife Akyüz (European University Viadrina) is a sociologist who works on state borders, gender, migration and exile studies. She is a co-editor of forthcoming book titled “Exiled Intellectuals: Encounters, conflicts, and experiences in transnational context”. She will coordinate the transnational case of people living in exile in Europe.

Latife Akyüz
Kath Browne

Prof. Kath Browne (University College Dublin) is a geographer with a focus on sexualities and gender. Her work has explored LGBTQIA+ liveabiliites, heteroactivsm and most recently divisions around socio-legal changes to sexual, gender and abortion. She will coordinate a country case study on Ireland and is the project coordinator. 

Dr Marianne Blidon (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) is social scientist specialising in geography and demography. Her research areas include gender and sexuality, feminist geographies and ethics of research, cities and migrations, social justice. She will coordinate country case study on France.

Marianne Blidon
Stef Boulila

Dr Stefanie Boulila (Hochschule Luzern) is a transdisciplinary social scientist and Head of Research at the Institute of Sociocultural Community Development at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. She is a winner of a 2021 Emma Goldman Award for feminist research in Europe and an inaugural member of the Swiss Young Academy. She will coordinate the case study of Germany, contribute to the Swiss one, and lead on stage 4: learning.

Dr Anna Carastathis is a political theorist and co-director of the Feminist Autonomous Centre for research. She is the author of Intersectionality: Origins, Contestations, Horizons and co-author of Reproducing Refugees: Photographia of a Crisis. She will coordinate the case study on Greece and lead on collaborations (stage 3).

Anna Carastathis
Sébastien Chauvin

Dr Sébastien Chauvin (Université de Lausanne) is a sociologist and co-president of the University of Lausanne’s Interdisciplinary Platform in gender studies (PlaGe). He is the co-author of Introduction aux études sur le genre and Sociologie de l’homosexualité. He will contribute to the case study on Switzerland.

Dr Katya Filep (Université de Fribourg) is a social geographer specialising in gender, with a regional focus on Central Asia and Eastern Europe. She has a professional background in research, project management, translation and interpreting. She will coordinate the case study of Belarus and Hungary.

Katya Filep
Roberto Kulpa

Dr Roberto Kulpa (Edinburgh Napier University) is a social scientist interested in transnational sexual politics, especially dynamics between Central-Eastern Europe and ‘the West’, as well as in critical epistemologies. He will coordinate the  case study on Poland and lead on communication and dissemination (stage 5).

Prof. Gavan Titley (Maynooth University) has interests in the politics of freedom of speech in a digital media environment, race, racism and multiculturalism in European politics, and the generative role of media and communications in this politics. His books include Is Free Speech Racist? (2020) and Racism and Media (2019). He will contribute to the case study on Ireland and lead on mapping (stage 1).

Gavan Titley
Maria Rodó-Zárate

Dr Maria Rodó-Zárate (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) is a social scientist working on social inequalities from an intersectional, spatial and emotional perspective applied to issues such as the right to the city, gender-based violence or LGBTI-phobia. She will coordinate the case study on Spain and lead on lived experiences (stage 2).