Our Mission

The Gender Institute is a cross-campus ANU institute which promotes gender research and equality at ANU. It has a dual mission:

  1. To connect our ongoing work on gender and sexuality in research, education and outreach, and

  2. To promote innovative research and programs to help redress gendered inequalities at ANU. 


We achieve our mission through:

  1. Grants and prizes awarded to quality research into gender and sexuality
  2. Events hosted by us directly or through our grants
  3. Outreach through our newsletter and website content
  4. Establishment of a network of gender researchers through our membership program 

We pursue our research and outreach aims through a series of vibrant programs. As well as the involvement of many of our members in large research programs funded externally (e.g. ARC, DFAT) we administer seeding grants which fund a wide range of contexts for knowledge exchange and debate: public lectures, visiting speakers, seminars, master classes, workshops and panels. Each year our largest grant goes to a signature conference which typically draws a very large group of participants nationally and internationally. We also commit grants to working groups, which are established to conduct and produce research about gender and sexuality. In recognition of outstanding research conducted by students, we award annual prizes for the best honours, Masters and PhD theses and the best article published by an HDR student.

We use our funds to promote gender equality research and initiatives at ANU. Past grants have gone to promoting women in the sciences, in the arts, and in promoting family friendly workplaces and greater accessibility for parents, including breastfeeding mothers. We collaborate with other relevant entities on campus, including gender equity and diversity committees in Schools and Colleges, student organisations including PARSA and ANUSA, the Pro-Vice Chancellor University Experience and the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. We also have external collaborations with other universities and partners in both the APRU and IARU global alliances, for example in IARU’s Women and Men in Globalizing Universities program.


    Convenor of the Gender Institute: Professor Fiona Jenkins

    Fiona Jenkins has been part of the management team of the ANU Gender Institute since its inception in 2011. She served as the Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute, between 2013-15, and commenced her second term in this role in July 2019. She is also a Professor in the School of Philosophy at ANU. Her research includes a wide range of interests with particular focus on topics in feminist and political theory, and a further focus on gender equity in academia. As the Gender Institute Convenor, she aims to develop and support best practice in promoting gender equality and has been involved in numerous projects including civil society monitoring of Australia’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.

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    Updated:  29 June 2023/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Gender Institute