Gender, Family and Health

The Gender, Family and Health Cluster is for all staff, students and practitioners who have an emerging interest in, or are fully engaged with, any aspect of family health and/or gender and health research.

Family health

The aim of this cluster is to create a supportive, inclusive community of colleagues who share interests and expertise in order to develop a strong and dynamic Family, Gender and Health specialist strand at Birmingham City University.  Through this network we hope to foster high-quality, impactful and innovative research on gender and health research.

The cluster also ‘hosts’ two special interest groups:

International Endometriosis Social Research Network

EndoSRN is an international network sharing, fostering and promoting social science research on endometriosis. (Twitter @EndoSRN, email:

Gender Inclusion in Research Special Interest Group

The Gender Inclusion in Research Special Interest Group is a cross-discipline, cross-BCU research group, which aims to create a more inclusive, intersectional and accessible research environment for all. (Email:


  1. Feminist Gender Equality Network
  2. Feminist Studies Association
  3. Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

Research areas (not exclusive to)

  • Gender and health inequalities; (intersectional) feminist approaches to health
  • Menstrual, reproductive, and/or sexual health
  • Pregnancy and childbirth; maternity services
  • Children’s and young people’s (menstrual, sexual, and reproductive) health
  • Informal caregiving
  • Chronic Health Conditions (endometriosis, epilepsy, etc.)
  • The role of family and/or gender in health promotion and illness prevention

For further cluster information, please contact co-leads: Dr Annalise Weckesser and/or Gemma Williams.