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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 will start on 1 March 2020 and will run for 48 months, funded by the EU's HO2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement 859869).

Professor Monro is also 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.

Professor Monro is a Visiting Professor at Radboud University (NE) (2019-2020)

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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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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Projects 2016 2018

EUCIT: EU Intersex Citizenship

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


Project: Research

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 Nov 2019, In : Citizenship Studies. 23, 8, p. 780-797 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Physiological Sexual Dysfunctions
Disorders of Sex Development

'LGBTQI+ People in Africa'

Monro, S., Matebeni, Z. & Reddy, V., 11 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Routledge Handbook of Pan-Africanism. Rabaka, R. (ed.). USA: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Citations (Scopus)

Medically Unnecessary Genital Cutting and the Rights of the Child: Moving Toward Consensus

The Brussels Collaboration on Bodily Integrity & Monro, S., 3 Oct 2019, In : American Journal of Bioethics. 19, 10, p. 17-28 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

4 Citations (Scopus)

Non-binary and genderqueer: An overview of the field

Monro, S., 2019, In : International Journal of Transgenderism. 20, 2-3, p. 126-131 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Activities 2014 2019

Developing critical approaches to intersex, DSD and Variations of Sex Characteristics

Daniela Crocetti (Speaker), Surya Monro (Speaker), Tray Yeadon-Lee (Speaker)
12 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Sexual, Sex, and Gender Diversities: Implications for Scholarship and Activism’

Surya Monro (Speaker)
20 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Towards a Social Model of Intersex and DSD Health

Surya Monro (Speaker), Daniela Crocetti (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Tray Yeadon-Lee (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
18 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Intersex Citizenship: Mapping the territory

Surya Monro (Speaker), Daniela Crocetti (Speaker), Tray Yeadon-Lee (Speaker)
27 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Perspectives on framing childhood Intersex medical treatment as Human Rights abuses

Daniela Crocetti (Speaker), Surya Monro (Speaker), Tray Yeadon-Lee (Speaker)
27 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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