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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 Diane Richardson) came out in 2012. Professor Monro’s sole-authored monograph about bisexuality was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2015. The edited collection 'Queer in Africa: LGBTI Identities, Citizenship, and Activism' (Zethu Matebeni, Surya Monro and Vasu Reddy) was published by Routledge in 2018.  Professor Monro enjoys writing academic outputs but also likes to contribute to a range of public debates. For example she has been interviewed on Radio 4 four times.

In recent years Professor Monro has collaborated with intersex people, academics, and other stakeholders in doing research about the issues affecting intersex people and those with variations of sex characteristics. The first project, delivered with Dr Daniela Crocetti and Dr Tray Yeadon-Lee, addressed issues of citizenship and democracy and it was funded by the EU HO2020 research and innovation programme.  The new project, Intersex: New Interdisciplinary Approaches (INIA) is an international network led by the University of Huddersfield which will train a cohort of ten early stage researchers working collaboratively to develop knowledge that will inform policy and practice across a range of key sectors. The network consortium includes 21 partners from 10 countries. It started on 1 March 2020 and will run for 48 months, funded by the EU's HO2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement 859869). Please see Professor Monro is, together with Adeline Berry, Morgan Carpenter, Daniela Crocetti, and Sean Saifa Wall, working on a new book for the Routledge Advances in Critical Diversities series. It is provisionally titled 'A Critical Introduction to Intersex Studies: Intersex, Variations of Sex Characteristics, and DSD.' Professor Monro is also an active member of an EU COST Action (LGBTI+ Social and Economic (in) equalities (PI Anna Einarsdottier, University of York) and leads an International Collaboration Fund+ project about intersex issues at global and local levels.

Professor Monro 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 Board Member of the European Professional Association for Transgender Health (EPATH). Professor Monro teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and she welcomes new students.


Research Expertise and Interests

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

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Transgender
  • sexuality and gender identity
  • Intersex
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Citizenship
  • Global South
  • Intersectionality
  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual
  • Human rights


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