Annual Lecture of the UNESCO Chair in Gender Research

Valentine Moghadam, Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.
Gendering global challenges: What accounts for the divergent outcomes of the Arab Spring
9 March, 2017. Watch the lecture here.

Kristiina Kangaspunta, UNODC Chief Trafficking in Persons Report Unit
Trafficking in human beings: Small, medium, large – The size of human trafficking
15 March, 2016. Watch the lecture here.

Margaret Abraham, President, International Sociological Association
Progression and regression: (Re)shaping the state’s response to violence against women
17 April, 2015.

Dr Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator on Human Trafficking
The European Union response to trafficking in human beings – A Coherent Legal and Policy Framework to addressing the “Slavery of our Time
27 March, 2014.

Professor Liz Kelly  Director, Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), London Met University 
Sexual violence: a case study of the rhetorics and realities of victim participation
19 March, 2013.

Clare Short, former Secretary of State for International Development
Do women think differently about foreign policy?
23 November, 2010.


New ways of measuring change in violence against women and men, 23 March, 2017.

This symposium included presentations on ‘The Concept and Measurement of Violence’, ‘Is Violent Crime Increasing or Decreasing?’ and ‘Gender and Trends in Crime Victimisation in the US using the US National Crime Victimization Survey’. It featured a panel discussion on ‘Reflections on Measuring Change’.

Towards zero violence? The decline of violence thesis, 18 May, 2016.

This BSA Violence and Society Study Group Symposium, sponsored by the Violence and Society UNESCO Centre and the Institute for Social Futures, featured talks by Manuel Eisner, Siniša Malešević, Larry Ray, and Sylvia Walby.

What is gender equality in a global era? 2 June, 2008.

This symposium to launch the UNESCO Chair in Gender Research included talks by Sylvia Walby, Liz Kelly, Mieke Verloo, Gülser Corat, Josefa Francisco, Linda Briskin, Suzanne Franzway, Lilja Mósesdóttir, Ruth Emerek, Ulla Björnberg, David Darton, Janet Veitch, Feride Acar, and Amelita King Dejardin.


Researching the policing of violence, 13 December, 2017.

This workshop brought together researchers from Lancaster University to share the latest research on policing, debate new ideas, develop networks of potential collaborators, and explore opportunities for further research.

Measuring violence, 28 October, 2015.

This workshop focused on the theoretical and methodological challenges concerning the measurement of violence. It featured talks on these problems in relation to research on trafficking, violence against women, organised crime, criminal careers, public health, child abuse, and homicide.

Where is the boundary between violence and not-violence? 16 December, 2014.

This workshop explored the contested boundary between violence and not-violence. Topics included the criminal boundary around domestic violence, threats to kill, cyberstalking, online harassment, and indecent images.

Researching trafficking: thinking laterally, 3 July, 2014.

Trafficking in human beings is an important and controversial research field. This workshop included presentations on the current state of quantitative data collection on human trafficking, trafficking disabled women, policing human trafficking, and the challenges facing migrant advocacy groups.

Gender and violence, 3 June, 2014.

The aim of the workshop was to exchange views and learn about the wide range of research taking place in Lancaster on ‘Gender and Violence’ and to discuss possible future developments. The day included talks on twitter rape threats, a new analysis of the national Crime Survey, rape convictions, and abuse towards parents.