Gendered organisational practice

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October April to July
(February start)
November to February (October start)
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
April to July (February start)
November to February (October start)

GOP aims to act as a solidarity platform for both OU and international researchers working in this area. It aims to contribute to the collapsing of barriers between the global South and North, political West and East, practitioners and academics, emerging and accomplished scholars, by providing people with space to meet, discuss, share positive and generative forms of solidarity that have made an impact in a range of contexts, in the UK but also internationally; a place where we can learn from one another, consolidate our research and be able to think about research/activism priorities collaboratively and, effectively – practice solidarity.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

Gendered working bodies: This theme will focus on the intersections between material bodies and the workplace, including the difficulties experienced by workers who menstruate, who have gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS and PMDD and who are going through the menopause. It will focus on women’s experiences in precarious work. This theme will also explore the potential for relational and feminist ethics within particular communities of practice, such as the hospice sector.

Feminist organising: This theme will explore the interface between democratic practice and gender. It will pay particular attention to the political aspects of feminist organising, such as the generation of solidarity and how this is accomplished in practice, gendered forms of institutional corruption, how women attain greater representation within organisations and how women organise at work.

Gender and sexuality: This theme will explore the particular challenges faced by LGBT+ people at work. Its focus will be equal opportunities at work, taking account of the particular and challenging ways in which non-binary and transsexual people navigate organisational systems and services. The theme will also explore the role of queer theory in problematising organisational practice.

Potential supervisors

There are a number of researchers in the Faculty of Business and Law whose research expertise relates to this area. Please see OUBS People for more details.

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership or the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; some are funded by University studentships; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Lin Nilsen

Email: FBL-PHD
Phone: +44 (0)1908 858365

Apply now

If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.