IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Gender, (social) science, and academia: reflections on a journey of 60 years

12 July 2022, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

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In this seminar, Ann Oakley will draw on many years’ experience of university work to explore the persistent gendering of knowledge and methodology.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Professor Alice Sullivan


Darwin Room B40 LT
Darwin Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom

Professor Oakley began her journey with work on sex, gender and housework in the early 1970s. She continued through research on medicalisation and women’s health in the next decade, travelled down the path of social scientific methodology and research unit founding in the 1990s. Ann is currently occupied with work on the forgotten women of social and household science. 

Using moments from this journey, she will address the recurrent question for feminists of how to engage women’s knowledge and experience with the masculinist architecture of the academy. There are no easy answers, but the journey is an interesting one.

This seminar will be particularly useful for those interested in sex, gender, social science, social policy, and methodologies.

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About the Speaker

Professor Ann Oakley

Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at IOE

Ann was the founding Director of the Social Science Research Unit (SSRU) at IOE, where she also headed the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre). She is best known for her work on sex and gender, housework, childbirth and social science.

Her more recent interests have focused on evidence-based public policy and methodologies of research and evaluation, on the sociology of the body and on biography and autobiography as forms of life-writing.

More about Professor Ann Oakley