Call for participants: Sexualities in the teaching profession

Ruth Simister, Masters Student in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology is currently conducting research about the workplace experiences of gay, bisexual, trans and queer men in the teaching profession for a Masters Degree project. Her research builds on the work of Christine Williams (1995) and Adia Harvey Wingfield (2009) by looking at how sexuality impacts men’s careers opportunities, using the case of the teaching profession in the UK.

She is seeking male teachers and trainee teachers of any age and level of experience who identify as gay, bisexual, trans or queer for informal interviews. Participants need not necessarily be ‘out’ in their workplace.

The interviews will be no longer than an hour and can be conducted in person (in East Sussex or London) or by telephone/skype. Participation in this research is voluntary and confidential.

This research will contribute important insights to the understudied topic of how sexual orientation is lived and negotiated within teaching environments. It will help deepen understandings of the wider topic of gender and sexuality in the workplace and will allow participants to reflect on their personal experiences.

Please contact me at or for further information. Interviews are to be conducted before Tuesday 17th December. Please do pass on this call to your networks and others who may be interested in participating.

Ruth Simister

Masters Student | Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Central European University
1015 Budapest
Nador utca 9

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