Manchester Metropolitan University

Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre

Exploring contemporary issues linked to gender and diversity

The purpose of our Research Centre (which is open to all colleagues across the University) is to provide an intellectual space where scholars with a research interest in gender can meet on a regular basis to discuss their work, identify and explore contemporary issues linked to gender, present ‘works in progress’, network with others interested in gender and diversity research, and develop collaborative interdisciplinary research proposals.

The forum is open to both faculty and to postgraduate students, as well as others who may be interested in specific events.

For further information about the Centre and its activities please contact Katherine Roycroft at

2018 marked the centenary of (some) women gaining the right to vote. To celebrate this milestone the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre organised a variety of events that took place throughout the year, which culminated with the unveiling of Manchester’s statue of Emmeline Pankhurst.

Visit the Centenary Microsite

What we do

Questioning gender may lead to inquiries into diversity and (in)equality, and about rights and access to freedoms. In addition, there are intersections with maternity, sexuality, violence and work; each involving a wide range of theoretical ideas.

External partners are often key to the work of this centre. Partnerships have sparked investigation into issues such as: women's access to services; work-life following maternity leave and support for women who have been raped.

Who we are

Current Manchester Met Collaborations

We are currently working closely with academics and researchers from Manchester School of Art (Humanities Faculty) around a number of themes, including:

  • Violence against women
  • Conflict and resolution
  • Human rights and representation
  • Exploring art as memorial and redemption

We aim to stimulate debate by showcasing our research to as wide an audience as possible via guest artist talks and workshops, partnerships with schools and young people, film screenings, developing partnerships with creative industries in the North West.


Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership Project (GROWL)

Please visit the GROWL website for more information.

Follow us on Twitter at @mmu_sylvia

Follow us on Twitter at @mmu_sylvia.

Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre Blog

Helen Pankhurst

Helen Pankhurst is a women’s rights activist and senior advisor to CARE International, working in the UK and in Ethiopia. She is a Visiting Professor for the Centre.

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Contact Us

For more information

Centre Heads: Dr Sally Jones and Dr Kate Cook

Knowledge Hub,
Manchester Metropolitan University
Business School,
All Saints Campus,
Oxford Road,
Manchester, M15 6BH,
United Kingdom

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