Research Networks

This page is, admittedly, going to get very long. We recommend using ctrl+F to search the page. If you are part of a queer/lgbtq+ research group/network that could be added to this page, get in touch!


De Montfort University
The Centre for LGBTQ Research

The Centre for LGBTQ Research conducts internationally recognised and pioneering research in LGBT issues. Conceptually innovative and empirically grounded in mixed methods research, the centre brings together inter-disciplinary researchers with a distinctive focus on LGBT human rights in health and social care alongside work in identity theory and politics. Our approaches to research include Public and Patient Involvement, working alongside the users of public services to ensure their perspectives are represented in the work we do.
King's College, London
LGBT+ Mental Health

Our research investigates factors which contribute to the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual and gender minority individuals (LGBT+). We apply the findings to develop interventions to reduce distress in sexual and gender minorities. We use methods from experimental psychology, clinical and health psychology, genetics, biology and neuroscience.


Queer@King’s is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary research group that has been operating in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities since 2003, often with the support of the Annual Fund. Already an important feature in the research culture of the University of London for colleagues interested in gender and sexuality, Queer@King’s became one of the Faculty's official centres in 2006.
Queen Mary University
The Sexual Cultures Research Group

The Sexual Cultures Research Group was founded in 2016 as an initiative led by academics in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London. The research group actively fosters and develops cross-disciplinary conversations about methodologies, cultures, texts and objects related to sexuality, sexuality, gender, identity, and both intimate and public cultures. We meet for closed reading groups as well as lively public events that provide spaces for reflection on the complexities of identity-cultures across research, pedagogy and lived subjectivities.
Royal Geographic Society
Space, Sexualities & Queer Research Group

SSQRG hosts regular events, including conferences, seminars, reading weekends and social events. SSQRG was established in 2006 and aims to: encourage geographic research and scholarship on topics related to sexualities and queer studies; promote educational ways for communicating geographic perspectives on sexualities and queer theories that will inform both curriculum and pedagogical needs; promote interest in geographies on issues related to sexualities and queer studies and promote the exchange of ideas and information about intersections between sexualities, queer studies and geographies; offer a supportive environment for the exchange of ideas and the development of social networks to fight discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or practices, gender identity and other forms of gender/sexual prejudice.
Queer Asia

‘Queer’ Asia is a network of queer identifying scholars, academics, activists, artists and performers. It is a platform for inter-Asia collaboration, dialogue and research on issues affecting people who self-identify as LGBTQ+ or belong to other non-normative sexualities and gender identities in Asia, or Asian diasporas and beyond.
University College London

Launched in 2014, qUCL is a university-wide initiative that brings together UCL staff and students with research and teaching interests in LGBTQ studies, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory and related fields.
University of Birmingham
Sexuality and Gender Studies

Academic staff and postgraduate students at Birmingham engage in cutting-edge work in the areas of gender theory and feminism; LGBT and queer studies; and the critical history of medicine and sexual science (sexology, psychiatry). As well as publishing theoretical and empirical research in these fields, we engage with policy-making, activism and social justice work outside the academy.
University of Brighton
LGBT Queer Life Research Hub

The aim of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and (LGBT) Queer Life Research Hub is to bring together research related to contemporary sexualities and gender identities and to support researchers working within this field through the formation of alliances and collaborations. This empowered, consolidated and enhanced knowledge exchange functions to identify pertinent collaborative opportunities as well as optimising the visibility of LGBT Queer research at the University. The LGBT Queer Life Research Hub aims to capitalise on links with community groups, the voluntary and statutory sectors, and others to develop LGBT Queer community-based research in tandem with scholarly research.
University of Cambridge

lgbtQ+@cam is a new programme launched by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2018 to promote research, outreach and network building related to queer, trans and sexuality studies at the University of Cambridge.
University of Kent
The Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing

The Centre for Gender, Sexuality, and Writing promotes research in this area by seminars, postgraduate reading groups, poetry readings, colloquia and conferences. The Centre is an outwardly focused research and teaching collective, which delivers several public lectures each academic year. The Janet Montefiore public lecture attracts distinguished researchers in the fields of gender, sexuality, and queer theory and is held annually during the spring term.
University of Manchester
Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture

The CSSC is the first research facility in the UK to focus exclusively on the interrelationships of sexuality, gender, culture, and history. With affiliated staff drawn from disciplines across the University, the Centre fosters pioneering scholarship that challenges current understandings of sexuality and gender.
University of Oxford
Queer Studies Network

Launched in November 2017, Oxford’s first interdisciplinary Queer Studies Network aims to bring together the many scholars at the University of Oxford whose work engages with queer studies, in order to open up new avenues for engagement with queer theory, marginalised voices and LGBTQIA+ experiences, art and activism. Queer studies, by nature, reaches beyond institutional and disciplinary boundaries. We therefore look to collaborate with and learn from Oxford University staff, members of the Oxford community and diverse communities and movements in and beyond Oxford, in order to establish a vibrant centre for queer studies and intersectional activism. At a time when the power of imagined borders is increasingly evident across the globe, we aim to interrogate the processes by which borders are constructed and explore the disruptive possibilities of queerness.
University of Southampton
LGBT Research Community

The LGBT Research Community website is the hub for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) research, teaching and enterprise at the University of Southampton. We want to engage with researchers from across the University and we invite you to get in touch with us if you want to share your LGBT-related work with the wider University community.
University of Sussex
The Centre for Sexual Dissedence

The Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence, or Sex Diss as it is affectionately known, is a space that brings together researchers and activists in queer and sexuality studies. Recent areas of discussion include: Gaydar; trans photography in Nepal; HIV-related activism and ACT UP; Chinese queer cinema; sexuality and digital culture; and sex worker rights in India. That’s just a taste of the issues covered by our MA course, our academic staff, and our students.
University of Westminster
Queer London Research Forum

The Queer London Research Forum (QLRF), based at the University of Westminster, was established in September 2013. It aims to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion on various aspects of queer London, c. 1850-present. By bringing together academics, practitioners, students and those with an interest in queer issues more generally, we seek to encourage dialogue and debate about the range of London’s queer lives and experiences.


University of Glasgow
Gender and Sexualities Forum

This research group provides a forum for scholars pursuing research around the broad fields of gender and sexualities. We offer a creative intellectual space that provides a platform for developing new research ideas and collaborations as well as solidifying research agendas and sharing outputs.