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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Ashlee Christoffersen

Ashlee Christoffersen
Ashlee Christoffersen
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Intersectionality, Equality policy, Race/ethnicity, gender, Sexuality, Practice, Third sector

PhD Title

Intersectionality in practice: Concepts and uses in the equality seeking third sector

Research interests

My research is driven by my experience working in the equality third sector, as well as my academic background. It builds on literatures on intersectionality and public policy, and more specifically UK equality policy, responding to gaps in research on intersectionality and the third sector, and on intersectionality’s application in practice. The project aims to explore and compare the development and use of intersectionality within the equality seeking third sector in England and Scotland: what intersectionality means in the equality seeking third sector, how these meanings are used in practice, and how this relates to equality policy; and to theorise approaches to application of intersectionality based on results, with reference to intersectionality theory. 


Professor Richard Freeman 

Dr. Anuj Kapilashrami 

Professor Akwugo Emejulu (University of Warwick) 


ESRC Doctoral studentship 2016-19

Professional background  

I have held research and practitioner roles at: Equality Challenge Unit; centred; Trades Union Congress; Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy, Health Research and Methods Training Facility (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada). 


2007 MA Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London, UK

2006 BA Political Science and Women's Studies, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Peer reviewed articles

Hankivsky, O, de Merich, D, Christoffersen, A (forthcoming) Mainstreaming equality in the United Kingdom: New developments In preparation for submission to Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Hankivsky, O and Christoffersen, A (2011) Gender mainstreaming in the United Kingdom: Current issues and future challenges British Politics 6, 1: 30-51.

Hankivsky, O and Christoffersen, A (2008) Intersectionality and the determinants of health: a Canadian perspective Critical Public Health 18, 3: 271-283.

Other publications 

(2017) Intersectional approaches to equality research and data. London: Equality Challenge Unit.

(2016) Equality in colleges in Scotland: statistical report 2016. London: Equality Challenge Unit.

(2015) GENDER-NET analysis report: award schemes, gender equality and structural change. London: Equality Challenge Unit.

(2015) Equality in colleges in Scotland: statistical report 2015. London: Equality Challenge Unit.

(with Behrens, A) (2014) Intersectionality literature review. London: centred. Also appears in HEAR Network (2014) Intersections Research Project. London: London Voluntary Service Council.

(2014) The London lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer voluntary and community sector Almanac 3rd Edition. London: centred.

(Ed.) (2012) The London lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender voluntary and community sector Almanac 2nd Edition. London: Kairos in Soho.

(with Standing, J) (2011) LGBT sector Supplement 1 The Equality Act 2010: What difference does it make? London: Race on the Agenda. 

(2011) The London lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender voluntary and community sector Almanac 1st Edition. London: Kairos in Soho.

Conference papers and presentations 

(2017) 'Are we all ‘baskets of characteristics?’ Intersectional slippages in English and Scottish equality policy', paper delivered at Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Social Inequalities: Research, Theory and Policy, Durham University, 12 July. 

(2017) 'Now you see it, now you don’t: Race and intersectionality in Scottish equality policy', paper delivered at British Sociological Association Regional Postgraduate Event, Contemporary Racisms in Scotland and England: Interrogating, Comparing, and Learning from Brexit and its Aftermath, University of Glasgow, 23 June. 

(2016) ‘Inequalities and intersectionality’, paper delivered at Reference Group on In/Equalities, Academy of Government, University of Edinburgh, 21 April.

(2014) (with Annette Behrens) ‘Intersectionality’, paper delivered at HEAR network Intersections research launch, London, 25 June.

(2012) (with Jane Standing) ‘Intersectionality and voluntary and community sector infrastructure: The (re)production of hierarchies’, paper delivered at Queer sexualities, nationalism and racism in the new Europe, London South Bank University, 19 October.

(2012) ‘An intersectional approach to LGBT organising and issues of LGBT heritage’, paper delivered at Equalities challenges in London: Identifying the opportunities to take a pan-equalities and human rights approach, London, 9 October.

(2011) (with Ania Ostrowska) 'Sex Work and Anti-Porn Feminism', paper delivered at Pornified? Complicating debates about the 'sexualisation of culture': An international conference, Institute of Education, London, 2 December.

(2011) ‘Experience and Interventions of London LGBT Voluntary and Community Organisations: Summary of Research Findings’, paper delivered at International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia conference, University of Nottingham, 17 May.

(2010) ‘Reading Latin American women activists: Feminist divergences, (post)Marxism, national identity, and solidarity’, paper delivered at Women’s Liberation Movement at 40, Ruskin College, Oxford, 13 March.

Hankivsky, O and Christoffersen, A (2009) ‘Gender Mainstreaming in the UK: Current Issues and Future Challenges’, paper delivered at First European Conference on Politics and Gender, Queen’s University Belfast, 21-23 January.

Kamal, S and Christoffersen, A (2006) ‘Copyright law and poverty research: Handcuffing community based knowledge translation’, paper delivered at Technology and citizenship symposium: International conference on technology, knowledge and society, McGill University, Montreal, 9-10 June.  


Research Fellow, Center for Intersectional Justice

International Research Affiliate, Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy, Simon Fraser University 

Equality and Diversity Forum Research Network