Family, Gender and Sexualities

The Family, Gender and Sexualities research cluster brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including Applied Social Studies, Geography, Law, Management & Marketing, Sociology and Women's Studies. The cluster supports collaborative and interdisciplinary social scientific research in areas such as gender relations and identities, sexualities, changing family relations and structures, gender equality and intersectionality. 


Previous projects of the ISS21 Family, Gender and Sexualities Research Cluster:


GENOVATE: transforming organisational culture for gender equality in research and innovation

A European consortium project funded by FP7 (2013-2017)


Changing Families in Ireland - the social, legal and political context 

A symposium to explore issues relating to Ireland's 2015 Children and Family Relationships Bill and the 2015 marriage equality referendum


Through the Glass Ceiling

Project Team: Caitriona Ni Laoire, Geraldine Boylan, Linda Connolly, Carol Linehan, Aifric O Grada


ESF Workshop on Assisted Reproduction and Changing European Family Structures

Principal Investigators: Dr. Deirdre Madden (Law), Dr. Maire Leane (Applied Social Studies), Dr. Linda Connolly (Sociology)


Gender Equality, Religious Diversity and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Ireland

Principal Investigator: Dr. Siobhan Mullally, Faculty of Law; Funded by Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences.


Migration and Networks of Care in Europe

A European collaborative project funded by the European Science Foundation and coordinated by Dr. Linda Connolly with Dr. Siobhan Mullally and Dr. Caitriona Ni Laoire (ISS21).


Workshop on Assisted Reproduction and Changing Family Structures

In April 2011, ISS21 played host to a European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop on Assisted Reproduction and Changing European Family Structures.  The workshop was convened by Dr. Deirdre Madden (Faculty of Law), Dr. Linda Connolly (School of Sociology & Philosophy) and Dr. Máire Leane (School of Applied Social Studies) and was an initiative of ISS21.

The workshop explored the social, ethical and legal consequences of scientific developments in the arena of assisted reproductive technologies and examined and compared how these developments relate to the broader changes occurring in family structures and intimate relationships in European societies. The 17 participants were drawn from a range of European countries including Scotland, Greece, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, England and Ireland and the workshop facilitated interdisciplinary dialogue on how the changing nature of family life intersects with social, legal and ethical debates about Artificial Reproductive Technology.





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