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About the Gender Institute

The Gender Institute is an exciting initiative at ANU. A cross-campus virtual Institute, it provides a focus for existing activity on issues of gender and sexuality and a catalyst to develop and deepen them.

The Gender Institute has two distinct but related tasks. One is to support and deepen research, education and outreach on gender and sexuality across the University, in particular promoting collaboration and linkages in this area across the seven Colleges.

The second is to support the employment and retention of women and gender diverse people at all levels, in all disciplines, across the University. To do this it also works closely with ANU Diversity and Workforce Planning Branch on programs to support the attraction and retention of women staff.

The Institute encompasses academics and graduate students across all seven ANU Colleges: ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU College of Law, ANU College of Medicine, Biology & the Environment, ANU College of Business & Economics, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science and ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences.

The Gender Institute is grateful to the:

  • College of Arts & Social Sciences for support with facilities and administration
  • College of Asia & the Pacific for website hosting
  • Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) for web technical support

Structure of the Gender Institute

The Gender Institute is not an academic organisational unit; rather, it is a virtual centre composed of thirteen nodes linking Colleges through an integrated governance framework. The current nodes are:

  • Gender and population
  • Gender, literature, performance and the arts
  • Gender, biology and health
  • Gender and history
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender, development and environment
  • Gender, politics and public policy
  • Gender, sexuality and culture
  • Gender, law and human rights
  • Gender and anthropology
  • Gender, business and economics
  • Gender equity and employment
  • Gender in science, maths, engineering and computing (SMEC)

The nodes act as easily identifiable markers for staff and students inside ANU, for the recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students, for the dissemination of research and for outreach to other scholars, government departments, NGOs, international organisations, business corporations and the media. Staff representing different nodes form an Advisory Board of the Gender Institute which meets twice a year.

A list of ANU scholars working in each of the nodes can be found on our People page.

Convenor of the Gender Institute

Management Committee


Updated:  7 November 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute