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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.

Professor Monro is the Director the Centre for Citizenship, Conflict, Identity and Diversity (CCID). She fosters the development of research in CCID, 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 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

Research Degree Supervision

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

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Projects 2016 2018

EUCIT: EU Intersex Citizenship

Monro, S., Yeadon-Lee, T. & Crocetti, D.


Project: ResearchEU Government

Research Output 1995 2019

Insights from an intersectional view of the self for non-heterosexual female youth workers

Hatton, J. & Monro, S., 11 Feb 2019, In : Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 38, 1, p. 107-120 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
youth worker
social class

Intersex/Variations of Sex Characteristics and DSD Citizenship in the UK, Italy and Switzerland

Monro, S., Yeadon-Lee, T. & Crocetti, D., 17 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Citizenship Studies. 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Physiological Sexual Dysfunctions
Disorders of Sex Development
2 Citations (Scopus)

Non-binary and genderqueer: An overview of the field

Monro, S., 21 Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Transgenderism.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

1 Citation (Scopus)

Introduction to the themed issue: Trans* Policy, Practice and Lived Experience within a European Context

Hines, S., Davy, Z., Monro, S., Motmans, J., Cristina Santos, A. & Van der Ros, J., 1 Feb 2018, In : Critical Social Policy. 38, 1, p. 5-12 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Forced Migrants and Asylum Seekers: Multiple Discriminations

Koko, G., Monro, S. & Smith, K., 21 May 2018, Queer in Africa: LGBTQI Identities, Citizenship, and Activism. Matebeni, Z., Monro, S. & Reddy, V. (eds.). Routledge, (Routledge Advances in Critical Diversities).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

asylum seeker

Activities 2014 2019

Politikon (Journal)

Surya Monro (Reviewer)
15 Apr 201920 May 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

Commentary on Sexuality and Transsexuality under the European Convention

Surya Monro (Speaker)
6 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Social Politics (Journal)

Surya Monro (Reviewer)
20 Feb 201915 Mar 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

Psychology and Sexuality (Journal)

Surya Monro (Reviewer)
1 Apr 201915 May 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

Journal of Organizational Change Management (Journal)

Surya Monro (Reviewer)
21 Jan 201928 Feb 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review