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Biography

Surya Monro gained her PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2000 and joined the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield in 2009. She has previously worked at a range of Universities including Cambridge, Keele, Leeds and Sheffield. Her extensive research experience has been primarily focused around the areas of gender, sexuality, citizenship and democracy. She has conducted research in India and South Africa as well as the UK, and contributes many invited presentations at national and international workshops and conferences. Her first sole authored book, ‘Gender Politics: Activism, Citizenship and Sexual Diversity’, was published in 2005 by Pluto Press. ‘Sexuality, Diversity and Equality’ (Palgrave MacMillan, with Professor Diane Richardson) came out in March 2012. Professor Monro’s sole-authored monograph about bisexuality was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2015. Professor Monro has contributed to a range of public debates. She has been interviewed on Radio 4 four times and she published an article about bisexuality in Diva magazine in December 2015.

Professor Monro is the Director the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS). She fosters the development of research in CRISS, across the School of Human and Health Sciences, and beyond, via a range of national and international collaborations. She provides a substantial contribution to reviewing academic outputs in her field, and she is on the editorial boards of the journal Sexualities and the Palgrave MacMillan book series Critical and Applied Approaches to Gender, Sexuality and Identity. Professor Monro also has various roles supporting positive developments in policy and practice at national/international levels. For example she is a member of Bi UK, represents Bi UK on the National Hate Crime Partnership, and is a Board Member of the European Professional Association for Transgender Health (EPATH). Professor Monro teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Research and Scholarship

Professor Monro specialises in research about the citizenship and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people. She has conducted research for a number of funding agencies, including the ESRC, the EU, the Leverhulme Foundation, UK government departments, and regional bodies. Professor Monro has, over many years, contributed to the development of transgender studies. She is currently the Principle Investigator on a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship about Intersex Citizenship (with Dr Daniela Crocetti as the Experienced Researcher and Dr Tracey Yeadon-Lee as the Co-Applicant). Current publishing projects include producing a Special Edition of Critical Social Policy on Transgender Citizenship in the EU with colleagues from a range of EU countries, and co-editing an edited collection for the Routledge Critical Diversities series titled Queer in Africa with Dr Zethu Matebeni (University of Cape Town) and Professor Vasu Reddy (University of Pretoria). Recent activities have included contributing to a large Equalities and Human Rights-funded project on tackling hate crime against LGBT people, and organising (as a co-applicant) a workshop (funded by the European Social Fund) on transgender politics which brought together leading European academics working in the field. In 2014 Professor Monro also led a project about the role of public officials in protecting LGBT people’s basic rights across 19 EU Member States, funded by the Fundamental Rights Agency. Previously, she was a co-applicant on a large ESRC project about LGBT Equality in Local Government, which addressed the themes of organisational change, resistance and democracy via the prism of sexualities equalities work in local government.

University research group memberships

Professor Monro is the Director of the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences.

Research interests

  • LGBTQ studies
  • Intersex Studies
  • Social inequalities and strategies for addressing them
  • Citizenship, democracy and human rights
  • Intersectionality

Referee of research bids

  • ESRC bids refereed anonymously in 2011, 2013 (2 bids), 2015, 2016, and 2017.
  • Leverhulme bid reviewed in 2015.
  • NIHR bid reviewed in 2017.
  • Various EU bids reviewed.

Selected research grants and contracts

  • Gender, Sexuality, Identity and Memory: A psychogeographical study of Kirklees with the LGBT community, funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme, Co-I with Dr Tim Gomersall (as PI), Dr Alex Bridger, and Dr Anna Powell. May 2017-April 2019 - £6,300.
  • Intersex/DSD Human Rights, Citizenship & Democracy [EUCIT], funded by the European Commission, PI with Dr Daniela Crocetti as the Experienced Researcher and Dr Tracey Yeadon-Lee as Co-Applicant. September 2016-August 2018 - EUR 183,450.
  • LGBT Anti-Hate Crime Campaign funded by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and led by the LGBT Consortium. February 2015-March 2016 - £4,000.
  • ‘Public Authorities’ project on the fundamental rights of LGTB persons for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Belgium and funded by Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU (FRA), working with Graham Gibbs, Leanne Monchuk and Kris Christmann. February 2014-July 2014 - €22,000.
  • Exploratory Workshop: Transgender and Political Science in Europe: a comparative approach. 16-19 September 2014 in Brussels, Co-I with Joz Motmans at University of Antwerp, as Principle Investigator and Janneke van der Ros, University College of Lillehammer as second Co-I, funded by the European Social Fund - €14,800.
  • Part-funding to support production of paper titled Is Bisexuality Invisible? A Review of Sexualities Scholarship 1970-2015 Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality - $1000.
  • ESRC: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities: Surviving Austerity Workshop (ESCR Festival of the Social Sciences) - £1,860.
  • Local Government Yorkshire and Humber (2009-2010) PI: Evaluation of Community Cohesion Strategies in Kirklees and Bradford (Regional Improvement and Effectiveness Pilot); Oct-March qualitative evaluation with strategic leaders, front-line workers and community members – £19,800.
  • ESRC (2007-2010) Co-I with Professor Diane Richardson as PI, Organisational Change, Resistance and Democracy: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities Initiatives in Local Government - £230,767.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

Article

Hines, S., Davy, Z., Monro, S., Motmans, J., Ana, C. and Van der Ros, J. (2018) ‘Introduction to Themed Issue: Trans* Policy, Practice and Lived Experience within a European ContextCritical Social Policy . ISSN 0261-0183

Turley, E., Monro, S. and King, N. (2017) ‘Adventures of pleasure: conceptualising consensual bondage, discipline, dominance & submission, and sadism & masochism (BDSM) as a form of adult playInternational Journal of Play , 6 (3), pp. 324-334. ISSN 2159-4953

Monro, S. and Van der Ros, J. (2017) ‘Trans* and gender variant citizenship and the state in NorwayCritical Social Policy . ISSN 0261-0183

Kuhar, R., Monro, S. and Tak�cs, J. (2017) ‘Trans* citizenship in post-socialist societiesCritical Social Policy . ISSN 0261-0183

Monro, S., Hines, S. and Osborne, A. (2017) ‘Is bisexuality invisible? A review of sexualities scholarship 1970–2015The Sociological Review . ISSN 0038-0261

Turley, E., Monro, S. and King, N. (2016) ‘Doing it differently: Engaging interview participants with imaginative variationIndo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology , 16 (1-2), pp. 153-162. ISSN 1445-7377

Monro, S. and Richardson, D. (2014) ‘Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Populations: The Role of English Local GovernmentLocal Government Studies , 40 (6), pp. 869-887. ISSN 0300-3930

Richardson, D. and Monro, S. (2013) ‘Public Duty and Private Prejudice: Sexualities, Equalities and Local GovernmentSociological Review , 61 (1), pp. 131-152. ISSN 0038-0261

Barker, M., Richards, C., Jones, R. and Monro, S. (2011) ‘BiReCon: An International Academic Conference on Bisexuality Including the Program for BiReConJournal of Bisexuality , 11 (2-3), pp. 157-170. ISSN 1529-9716

Monro, S (2010) ‘Sexuality, Space and Intersectionality: The Case of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Equalities Initiatives in UK Local GovernmentSociology , 44 (5), pp. 996-1010. ISSN 0038-0385

Mackay, F., Monro, S. and Waylen, G. (2009) ‘The Feminist Potential of Sociological InstitutionalismPolitics & Gender , 5 (2), pp. 253-262. ISSN 1743-923X

Monro, S (2007) ‘Transmuting Gender Binaries: the Theoretical ChallengeSociological research online , 17 (1). ISSN 1360-7804

Monro, S (2007) ‘New Institutionalism and Sexuality at Work in Local GovernmentGender, Work & Organization , 14 (1), pp. 1-19. ISSN 0968-6673

Monro, S (2006) ‘Evaluating local government equalities work: The case of sexualities initiatives in the UKLocal Government Studies , 32 (1), pp. 19-39. ISSN 0300-3930

Buss, D., Fletcher, R., Monk, D., Monro, S. and Phillips, O. (2005) ‘Introduction to 'Sexual Movements and Gendered Boundaries: Legal Negotiations of the Global and the Local'Social & Legal Studies , 14 (1), pp. 5-15. ISSN 0964-6639

Monro, S (2005) ‘Beyond Male and Female: Poststructuralism and the Spectrum of GenderInternational Journal of Transgenderism , 8 (1), pp. 3-22. ISSN 1553-2739

Monro, S. and Warren, L. (2004) ‘Transgendering CitizenshipSexualities , 7 (3), pp. 345-362. ISSN 1363-4607

Carabine, J. and Monro, S. (2004) ‘Lesbian and Gay Politics and Participation in New Labour's BritainSocial Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society , 11 (2), pp. 312-327. ISSN 1072-4745

Monro, S (2003) ‘Transgender Politics in the UKCritical Social Policy , 23 (4), pp. 433-452. ISSN 0261-0183

Cooper, D. and Monro, S. (2003) ‘Governing from the margins: queering the state of local government?Contemporary Politics , 9 (3), pp. 229-255. ISSN 1356-9775

Monro, S (2002) ‘Transgender Trouble: Legislation Beyond Binaries?Res Publica , 8 (3), pp. 275-283. ISSN 1356-4765

Monro, S (2000) ‘Theorizing transgender diversity: towards a social model of healthSexual and Relationship Therapy , 15 (1), pp. 33-45. ISSN 1468-1994

Book

Monro, S (2015) Bisexuality: Identities, Politics, and Theories . Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137007308

Monro, S. and Richardson, D. (2012) Sexuality, Equality and Diversity . : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230275577

Monro, S (2005) Gender politics: Activism, citizenship and sexual diversity . London: Pluto Press. ISBN 9780745319698

Craig, G., Taylor, M., Wilkinson, M., Bloor, K., Monro, S. and Syed, A. (2002) Contract or trust? The role of compacts in local governance . Bristol: Policy Press. ISBN 9781861343796

Book Section

Monro, S (2015) ‘History of LGBT/queer sexuality, Europe’. In: The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. : Wiley. . ISBN 9781405190060

Monro, S. and Richardson, D. (2014) ‘Citizenship: Gender and Sexuality’. In: Handbook of Political Citizenship And Social Movements. : Edward Elgar Publishing. . ISBN 978 1 78195 469 0

Monro, S (2013) ‘Crossroads or Categories? Intersectionality Theory and the Case of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Equalities Initiatives in UK Local Government’. In: Situating Intersectionality Politics, Policy, and Power. : Palgrave MacMillan. . ISBN ISBN: 978-1-137-02511-1

Monro, S (2011) ‘Thinking beyond Gender Binaries’. In: Trans in the Twenty First Century: Concerning Gender Diversity. : Beaumont Trust. pp. 36-53. ISBN 9780952135777

Monro, S (2010) ‘Introducing Transgender Citizenship’. In: The Limits of Gendered Citizenship. : Routledge. pp. 123-136. ISBN 9780415887069

Richardson, D. and Monro, S. (2010) ‘Intersectionality and Sexuality: The Case of Sexuality and Transgender Equalities Work in UK Local Government’. In: Theorizing Intersectionality and Sexuality. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 99-118. ISBN 9780230229303

Monro, S (2010) ‘Towards a Sociology of Gender Diversity: The Indian and UK Cases’. In: Transgender Identities: Towards a Social Analysis of Gender Diversity. : Routledge. . ISBN 9780415999304

Monro, S (2007) ‘Transgender: Destabilising Feminism?’. In: Sexuality and the Law: feminist engagements. : Routledge-Cavendish. pp. 125-149. ISBN 9781904385660

Monro, S (2006) ‘Growing Up Transgender: Stories of an Excluded Population’. In: A new youth?. Aldershot: Ashgate. pp. 298-320. ISBN 9780754644224

Monro, S (2001) ‘Gender Love and Gender Freedom’. In: Unseen Genders: beyond the binaries. : Peter Lang. pp. 241-249. ISBN 9780820450247

Conference Item

Monro, S (2017) ‘Intersectionality and research methods: The case of research about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues’. In: Intersectionality in Social Sciences Research, 9th June 2017, De Montfort University

Monro, S (2017) ‘Social sciences and transgender : the highlights since the first EPATH conference’. In: 2nd bi-annual EPATH conference Contemporary Trans Health in Europe, 6-8th April 2017, Belgrade

Monro, S., Crocetti, D. and Yeadon-Lee, T. (2017) ‘Gender Pluralism: How useful is it in supporting the health of transgender people?’. In: 2nd bi-annual EPATH conference Contemporary Trans Health in Europe, 6-8th April 2017, Belgrade

Crocetti, D., Monro, S. and Yeadon-Lee, T. (2017) ‘Intersex activism, bringing the personal to the public’. In: British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference 2017 Recovering the Social: Personal Troubles and Public Issues., 4th - 6th April 2017, University of Manchester

Monro, S (2016) ‘LGBTQI rights in Europe: Trends, opportunities, and challenges’. Proud In Europe?’. In: Proud In Europe? LGBTI Emancipation in Comparative Perspective, 4th-5th August 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Monro, S (2016) ‘Bisexual studies: Where have we been and where are we going?’. In: First European Bisexual Research Conference (EuroBiReCon): Bisexuality and (Inter)National Research Frontiers, 28th-31st July 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Monro, S (2016) ‘LGBT Equality Policies –Key Debates’. In: Second European Rainbow Cities conference, 20th-21st May 2016, Barcelona, Spain

Monro, S (2016) ‘Bisexuality: Issues of Identity, Inequality, and Citizenship’. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2016, 6th - 9th April 2016, Aston, UK

Monro, S (2016) ‘Beyond Gender Binaries: Issues of liminality, categories, and equalities’. In: sexgen Northern Network: Trans Studies: Reflections and Advances, 23rd March 2016, Leeds, UK

Monro, S. and Van der Ros, J. (2016) ‘Non-Binaried Genders: Citizenship and the State in Norway’. In: 24th World Congress of Political Science: Politics in a World of Inequality, 23rd - 28th July 2016, Pozna?, Poland

Monro, S. and McDaid, S. (2015) ‘Democracy and Transgender’. In: 4th European Conference on Politics and Gender, 11th - 13th June 2015, Uppsala University, Sweden

Monro, S (2015) ‘Bisexuality: Theoretical and political challenges’. In: Workshop of Gender & Sexuality, 3rd February 2015, Brussells, Belgium

Monro, S (2015) ‘Gender Variance: From individual pluralities to institutionalised equalities?’. In: 3rd Equal Is Not Enough conference, 4th - 6th February 2015, Antwerp, Belgium

Monro, S (2014) ‘Intersectionality and Sexualities: Multiple trajectories, empowered selves’. In: Intersections of Gender and Sexuality - Psychology of Sexualities Section, 13 December 2014, London, UK

Monro, S (2014) ‘Theorising bisexuality’. In: Theorising bisexuality seminar, 5th June 2014, University of Huddersfield

Monro, S. and G�mez, C. (2014) ‘Narratives of bisexuality: Marginalisation, resistance, and activism’. In: Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters, 19th - 20th June 2014, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

Monro, S (2014) ‘Transforming Citizenship?: (Re) making sexualised borders of in/tolerance’. In: International Conference on INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON The Future of Social Relations: Rethinking Prejudice and Togetherness in Times of Crisis, 21st - 23rd May 2014, Sheffield, UK

Monro, S (2014) ‘Biphobia and the hypersexualisation of bisexuality’. In: sexgen Compulsory Sexualities seminar, 28th February 2014, Huddersfield, UK

Monro, S (2013) ‘Intersectionality and bisexuality’. In: London LGBTQ Learning Network: intersections, 30th July 2013, London, UK

Monro, S (2013) ‘Bisexuality, Diversity and a Lack of Recognition’. In: Recognising Diversity? Gender and Sexual Equalities In Principle and Practice, 20th - 21st June 2013, Leeds, UK

Monro, S (2013) ‘Gendered Identities and Intersectionality: Where next?’. In: Troubling Gender: The Question of Multiple Identities conference, 24th May 2013, Sheffield, UK

Monro, S (2013) ‘Theorising Gender Diversity: Current trans, future directions’. In: ‘Trans’ as Everyday Culture: Social networks, social movements, everyday lives and everyday repertoires, 23rd May 2013, Warwick, UK

Monro, S (2013) ‘Bisexuality: Activism, citizenship and queerness’. In: 3rd European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG), 21st - 23rd March 2013, Barcelona, Spain

Monro, S (2013) ‘Overcoming barriers: strategies for supporting LGBTQI human rights across the South African and UK contexts’. In: Overcoming barriers: strategies for supporting LGBTQI human rights across the South African and UK contexts, 21st February 2013, Pretoria, South Africa

Monro, S (2013) ‘Categories and their Discontents: The trials and tribulations of using the terms ‘LGBT’ and ‘MSM/WSW’’. In: Categories and their Discontents: The trials and tribulations of using the terms ‘LGBT’ and ‘MSM/WSW’ HSRC Seminar Series, 20th February 2013, Pretoria, South Africa

Monro, S (2012) ‘‘It was so brilliant’: Bisexual people’s wellbeing and the importance of the organised bisexual community’. In: BiReCon 2012: Bisexuality and Mental Health, 9th August 2012, Bradford University

Monro, S (2012) ‘Sexuality, Space and Intersectionality: The case of LGB Equalities in UK Local Government’. In: 5th International conference on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 23rd - 25th July 2012, Toulouse, France

Monro, S (2012) ‘LGBT Equalities’. In: Wolverhampton & The Black Country LGBT Pride, 29th July 2012, Wolverhampton, UK

Monro, S., Richardson, D. and McNulty, A. (2011) ‘Identity Complexity, Intersectionality and Sexuality: A Headache for Policy Makers?’. In: Understanding the Social World Conference 2011, 13th - 15th July 2011, Huddersfield, UK

Monro, S., Richardson, D. and McNulty, A. (2011) ‘Identity complexity, Intersectionality and Sexuality: A headache for policy makers?’. In: Understanding the Social World Conference 2011, 13th - 15th July 2011, University of Huddersfield

Monro, S., Richardson, D. and McNulty, A. (2011) ‘Faith-Sexuality Intersections and the Rhetorics of Tolerance: The case of LGBT equalities initiatives in local government in England, Wales and Northern Ireland’. In: Rhetorics of Moderation: politics, religion and the market: ESRC seminar series - Rhetorics of Moderation: politics and pragmatics’, 29th June - 1st July 2011, University of Huddersfield

Richardson, D., McNulty, A. and Monro, S. (2011) ‘Public Duty and Private Prejudice’. In: Annual Association of American Geographers Conference 2011, 12th - 16th April 2011, Seattle, Washington, USA

Monro, S., Richardson, D. and McNulty, A. (2011) ‘Organisational Change, Resistance and Democracy: LGBT Equalities Initiatives in Local Government’. In: University of Huddersfield Research Festival, 28th March - 2nd April 2011, University of Huddersfield

Monro, S., Richardson, D. and McNulty, A. (2011) ‘Intersectionality and Sexuality: The case of sexuality and transgender equalities work in UK local government’. In: Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 10th - 13th March 2011, Seattle, Washington, USA

Monro, S (2010) ‘Challenges for Anti-Homophobia Policies’. In: European Rainbow Cities: Conferencia Internacional sobre políticas locales contra la homofobia, 14-15 October 2010, Barcelona

Monro, S (2010) ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equalities in the UK: The Noughties’. In: Transforming Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Lives: Activism and Research for Gender and Sexual Liberation Conference 2010, 15th September 2010, Brighton, UK

Monro, S (2010) ‘‘The only lesbian in the authority’: The role of LGBT champions in local authority equalities work in the UK’. In: Personal and Public Lives: Exploring Relationships, Roles, and Responsibilities: An international and interdisciplinary conference, 7th - 9th September 2010, University of Huddersfield, UK

Monro, S., Richardson, D. and McNulty, A. (2010) ‘Where are all the bisexuals? Bisexuality and local government equalities work in the UK’. In: 2nd BiReCon conference 2010, 26th August 2010, London, UK

Richardson, D., McNulty, A. and Monro, S. (2010) ‘In the Name of Equality? The Limits to Sexual Citizenship’. In: Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging, 30th June - 2nd July 2010, London, UK

Monro, S., McNulty, A. and Richardson, D. (2010) ‘Organisational Change, Resistance, and Democracy: Findings from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities in Local Government project’. In: Gender, Work and Organisation Conference, 21st - 23rd June 2010, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK

Monro, S., Richardson, D. and McNulty, A. (2010) ‘‘You could see people squirming in their seats’: Sexuality and its Discontents in UK Local Authorities’. In: BSA Annual Conference 2010 - Inequalities & Social Justice, 7th - 9th April 2010, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Richardson, D., McNulty, A. and Monro, S. (2010) ‘LGBT Equalities Work in Local Government: Changes and Challenges’. In: Broadening Horizons: Sexuality, Equality and Diversity, 11th March 2010, Newcastle University, UK

Monro, S., Richardson, D. and McNulty, A. (2010) ‘Space and Sexuality in intersection: the Case of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Equalities Initiatives in UK Local Government’. In: Shifting Agendas: Political Studies Association (UK) Women and Politics International conference, 19th February 2010, Manchester, UK

Monro, S (2009) ‘Trans and Bisexuality: Developing Social Models of Health’. In: 2009 LGBT Health Summit, 6th - 7th October 2009, Gateshead, UK

Richardson, D., Monro, S. and McNulty, A. (2009) ‘In the Name of Equality: Sexuality and Social Change’. In: 9th Conference of the European Sociological Association: European Society or European Societies?, 2nd - 5th September 2009, Lisbon, Portugal

Monro, S (2009) ‘Gender/sexual diversity and the conundrum of categorisation’. In: Untying Development’s Straightjacket: Masculinities, Sexualities and Social Change, 18th - 22nd September 2009, Cape Town, South Africa

McNulty, A., Richardson, D. and Monro, S. (2009) ‘Head above the Parapet: Organisational Resistance and Sexualities Equalities Work in the UK’. In: 9th Conference of the European Sociological Association: European Society or European Societies?, 2nd - 5th September 2009, Lisbon, Portugal

Monro, S. and Richardson, D. (2009) ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities Initiatives: The Case of UK Local Government’. In: 9th International Conference on Diversity in Organisations Communities and Nations, 16th - 19th June 2009, Riga, Latvia

McNulty, A., Richardson, D. and Monro, S. (2009) ‘Mind the Gap: putting sexualities equalities policy into practice in local government settings’. In: Social Policy Association Conference: Policy Futures - Learning from the Past?, 29th June - 1st July 2009, Edinburgh, UK

Monro, S (2009) ‘The Pitfalls of Box-ticking: Intersectionality and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equalities work in the UK’. In: Centre for Research into Diversity in the Professions Seminar Series, 22nd April 2009, Leeds Metropolitan University

Richardson, D., Monro, S., McNulty, A. and Tatah, S. (2009) ‘Sexuality, equality and local governance’. In: Every LGBT Youth Matters Conference, 24th April 2009, London, UK

Richardson, D. and Monro, S. (2009) ‘Rethinking Sexual Citizenship: Sexuality, Equality and Local Governance’. In: BSA Annual Conference 2009 - The Challenge of Global Social Inquiry, 16th - 18th April 2009, Cardiff, UK

Richardson, D., Fay, M. and Monro, S. (2008) ‘‘Normal gays, good citizens?’ Exploring the Everyday Practices of LGBT Equalities Work in Local Government’. In: 4th Centre for Research in Socio-Cultural Change Annual Conference 2008, 3rd - 5th September 2008, Oxford, UK

Monro, S (2008) ‘Symbolising the Rainbow: Glimpses of the South African Parliament’. In: Eighth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, 26th - 27th July 2008, Wroxton College, Wroxton, UK

Monro, S (2008) ‘Symbolising the rainbow: Glimpses of South African parliament’. In: Gendered Ritual and Ceremony in Parliament Workshop 2008, 12th June 2008, London, UK

Fay, M., Richardson, D. and Monro, S. (2008) ‘'As long as it's fair': LGBT equalities, democracy and local governance’. In: Flexible Bodies, Transgressive Genders workshop, 3rd - 4th April 2008, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Richardson, D., Fay, M. and Monro, S. (2008) ‘Naturalising Difference; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities Initiatives in Local Government’. In: BSA Annual Conference 2008 - Social Worlds, Natural Worlds, 28th - 30th March 2008, University of Warwick, UK

Monro, S (2008) ‘Practices of Power: Governmentality and the UK SM Scene’. In: Research Workshop on Gender and Sexualities, 6th February 2008, Manchester, UK

Monro, S (2008) ‘Engaging Complexities: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities Initiatives and Local Democracy in the UK’. In: Seminar, AHRC Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, 27th February 2008, University of Kent, UK

Monro, S (2008) ‘Organisational Change, Resistance and Democracy: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equalities Initiatives in Local Government’. In: Bi ReCon 2008, 28th August 2008, University of Leicester, UK

Monro, S (2007) ‘Practices of Power: Governmentality and the UK SM Scene’. In: Gender Unbound, 9th - 11th July 2007, Keele University, UK

Monro, S (2007) ‘Beyond the Binaries: Theorising Gender Diversity’. In: Transgender / Intersex & Law Workshop: An Agenda for Future Research, 17th - 18th April 2007, Keele University, UK

Monro, S (2006) ‘Reconceptualising Gender: The Challenge for Managerialism’. In: IFSAM VIIIth World Congress 2006, 28th - 30th September 2006, Berlin, Germany

Monro, S (2006) ‘Sexualities Equalities and the New Managerialism: Local Government in the UK’. In: European Academy of Management Conference 2006, 17th - 20th May 2006, Oslo, Norway

Monro, S (2006) ‘Ordering sexuality: new institutionalism and equalities work in local government’. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference, 21st - 23rd April 2006, Harrogate, UK

Monro, S (2005) ‘Fragmented genders: Theoretical explorations and practical implications’. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2005, 21st - 23rd March 2005, York, UK

Monro, S (2004) ‘Theorising Trans/Gender Politics’. In: GENDYS Conference 2004, 6th - 8th September 2004, Manchester, UK

Monro, S (2004) ‘Theorising gender diversity’. In: Sixth International Congress on Sex and Gender Diversity: Reflecting Genders, 10th - 12th September 2004, Manchester, UK

Monro, S (2002) ‘Gender Diversity and Gender Politics’. In: GENDYS Conference 2002, 30th August - 1st September 2002, Manchester, UK

Monograph

Monro, S., Crocetti, D., Yeadon-Lee, T., Garland, F. and Travis, M. (2017) Intersex, Variations of Sex Characteristics, and DSD: The Need for Change University of Huddersfield

Monro, S., Christmann, K., Gibbs, G. and Monchuk, L. (2016) Professionally speaking : challenges to achieving equality for LGBT people Luxembourg: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Monro, S., Razaq, U., Thomas, P. and Mycock, A. (2010) Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (RIEP) Community Cohesion and Prevent Pilot. A report prepared for: Local Government Yorkshire & Humber Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield

McNulty, A., Richardson, D. and Monro, S. (2010) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Equalities and Local Governance Research report for practitioners and policy makers ESRC

Monro, S (2009) The Situation concerning Homophobia and Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation in England and Wales European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Darlow, A., Hawtin, M., Jassi, S., Monro, S., Percy-Smith, J. and Purcell, M. (2008) Formative Evaluation of Community Strategies 2004–2007 Final Report Communities and Local Government Publications

Monro, S (2008) Formative evaluation of community strategies: Process Evaluation of Plan Rationalisation 2004?2007 Leeds: Communities and Local Government Publications

Monro, S (2008) Formative evaluation of community strategies Equalities and Community Strategies: Research Report Communities and Local Government Publications

Hawtin, M., Monro, S. and Madden, A. (2007) Role of Colleges in Community Cohesion: Rapid Review of Evidence Learning and Skills Council

Nunn, A., Johnson, S., Monro, S., Bickerstaffe, T. and Kelsey, S. (2007) Factors influencing social mobility Her Majesty’s Stationery Office

Monro, S., Purcell, M., Darlow, A., Hawtin, M., Jassi, S. and Stevens, A. (2007) Process Evaluation of Plan Rationalisation; Formative evaluation of Community Strategies Interim case studies synthesis report Communities and Local Government Publications

Esteem

  • Member of the British Sociological Association.
  • Member of the International Political Science Association.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Editorial Board member: Sexualities.
  • Editorial Board member: Palgrave MacMillan series Critical and Applied Approaches to Gender, Sexuality and Identity.
  • Invited contributor to two films focusing on mental health vulnerabilities in the LGBT community produced by the Diversity and Inclusion Team at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London in collaboration with a community film-making social enterprise The Creative Colony, and stakeholders in the LGBT+ community.
  • On the Advisory Board of the research project ‘Pregnant Men: An International Exploration of Trans Male Experiences and Practices of Reproduction.’  Large ESRC funded project (PI Dr Sally Hines, University of Leeds, April 2017-October 2019).
  • On the Advisory Board of the ‘LGBT+ Employees Networks’ research project. Large ESRC funded project (PI Anna Einarsdóttir, University of York, May 2017-April 2020).
  • Conference panel organiser, for example at the 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poznan, 2016 and the 4th European Conference on Politics and Gender, June 2015, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Organiser of the Understanding the Social World international conference, University of Huddersfield July 2011.
  • Regularly reviews papers, books and book proposals for a wide range of publishers and journals.
  • Member of the LGBT Investment Taskforce (run by LGBT Consortium), 2017+.
  • Executive Board Member, Bi UK (a registered charity supporting bisexual people's well-being and social equality).
  • Invited to facilitate a workshop at the Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, titled ‘Overcoming Barriers: Strategies for supporting LGBTQI human rights across South African and UK contexts’ (February 2012).
  • Interviewed for Radio Four Woman’s Hour in 2006, Radio Four’s ‘Getting Bi’ programme (September 2012) and Woman’s Hour again in April 2012. Contributes to local media debates including on Radio Leeds and The Pulse (2011-12). Advisor to the media for example Radio Four programme about Non-Binary genders in 2016 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07btlmk.
  • Provides regular Keynotes for conferences including: European Bisexual Research Conference (Amsterdam 2016); Second European Rainbow Cities conference (Barcelona 2016) and Against Homophobia, European Local Administration Devices (AHEAD) project conference (Barcelona 2010).
  • External PhD examiner for the University of Warwick (2016), the University of Cape Town (2016), the University of Brighton (2014), Manchester Metropolitan University (2013), and the University of New South Wales (2010).
  • On the Advisory Board for the LIVEDIFFERENCE EU funded research programme based at the University of Leeds (PI Professor Gill Valentine, 2010-2014).
  • Advisory Board member for an ESRC project titled ‘Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship’ (PI Sally Hines, University of Leeds, 2008-2010).
  • Advisory Panel member on a research project funded by the European Social Fund, titled ‘Tackling “multiple discrimination” and social exclusion at work: lesbian, gay and bisexual workers – and examination of the intersection between gender, race, age, disability and sexual orientation’ (2005-6).
  • Visiting Research Fellow, University of Newcastle UK (2007-2010).
  • Visiting Research Fellow, University of Cape Town (2008).
  • On the Editorial Review Board of Equal Opportunities International (2008-2010).
  • Special edition of Social and Legal Studies; Member of editorial board (2002-2004).
  • Co-organiser of the Gender, Sexuality and the Law International Conference (Keele University, 2002).

Research Degree Supervision

Completions

  • Marcus Lumb: Critical Realist approaches to masculinity. Marcus Lumb has received the Vice Chancellor's Award for an Outstanding Doctoral thesis.
  • Emma Turley, A phenomenological exploration of BDSM.
  • Robert Brooks: Occupational Practice in Children and Young People’s Mental Health.

Current

  • Vicky Byrne: Learning difficulties and citizenship (PhD)
  • Anna Fry: ‘We’re here, we’re queer, we don’t drink beer’: The intersections of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, religiosity and lesbian and bisexual women and the implications for mental health care (PhD)
  • Jean Hatton: Queering identities? Lesbian and bisexual women who are professional youth or community workers (PhD).
  • Sheena Miller: Supporting the learning disability nursing profession in meeting the sexual and intimacy needs of people with a learning disability (PhD).
  • Penny Ralph: Supporting the sexual expression of people with physical disabilities: examining client perceptions and experiences of assessment and interventions, and current practice in rehabilitation services (PhD)
  • Sohail Taj: Perceptions of domestic violence within third generation South Asian Muslim women (MRes)
  • Greg Wolfman: Male femininity: A critical reading of the subversive potential of new manhoods (PhD)

I welcome applications for research supervision on topics about lesbian, gay, bisexual, non-heterosexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and non-binary identities/issues, especially in relation to the following themes: 

  • Identities
  • Social inequalities
  • International and postcolonial dynamics
  • Citizenship
  • Governance and democracy

Postgraduate research opportunities with Professor Surya Monro

2017-18

PhD
MSc by Research

2018-19

PhD
MSc by Research

Enterprise Activities

Professor Monro provides consultancy, including on the following projects:

  • LGBT Hate Crime project – for the LGBT Foundation/Equality and Human Rights Commission (on behalf of Bi UK) (2005-2016).
  • Report regarding the causes of Hate Crime – for the University of Sussex/Equality and Human Rights Commission (2016).
  • Ethics and Integrity ESRC funded project about public perceptions of MPs (University of Essex, 2010).
  • Production of research review about homophobia for the Danish Consultancy within Engineering, Environmental Science and Economics (COWI) (2008).

Administrative Responsibilities

Professor Monro leads the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences. She sits on the School Research and Enterprise Committee. She is contributing to the organisation of the forthcoming REF and was Deputy REF coordinator for the 2013 REF submission. She is also the School of Human and Health Sciences representative on the Equality and Diversity University Enhancement Group.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Professor Monro provides supervision for Sociology and Joint Honours Final Year Undergraduate Projects, and guest lectures in a variety of areas.