Dr Suzanne Clisby, FRSA

Staff details

Position Senior Research Fellow
Department Anthropology
Email s.clisby (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 70785397
Dr Suzanne Clisby, FRSA

I am a Senior Research Fellow in Anthropology and the Co-Director of the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund Global Gender and Cultures of Equality (GlobalGRACE) Project: https://www.globalgrace.net/ Aside from directing GlobalGRACE, I work principally with our project partners in Bangladesh on 'Women working in men's worlds: visualising female construction workers and the quest for more equitable futures in Sylhet'; and with our project partners in Mexico on 'Por el buen vivir y el buen migrar: creating cultures of equality through the Migrant Museum with indigenous communities of Chiapas'. As with all our GlobalGRACE research, both these projects bring theoretical approaches from gender studies and anthropology together with arts based practices and multi-sensory research to investigate the production of cultures of equality internationally.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Sociology & Social Anthropology (Gender Issues, Indigenous Peoples and Popular Participation in Bolivia) University of Hull 2001
  • PGCE Secondary & Further Education, Social Sciences and Humanities & ESOL, University of Leeds 1994
  • BA Hons Sociology (First Class) University of York 1993

Teaching and Supervision

As co-director of the GlobalGRACE project I am not currently involved in teaching and supervision at Goldsmiths.

Research interests

I have conducted 14 externally-funded collaborative research projects/consultancies (total funding of over £8 million for research and €12 million in EC teaching and scholarship funding as part of the European GEMMA consortium). Whilst the locus of these studies has been relatively broad in scope, for example from the GlobalGRACE (£3.729m UKRI Global Challenges Research Funding) and the Gender & Cultures of Equality in Europe (€3.719m Horizon 2020 GRACE, Marie S. Curie Project), to young people’s sexuality and life choices, to Girls’ Rights in the UK, and to environmental politics in Costa Rica, all are in the fields of gender, anthropology, social policy and development (GAD) in UK and international contexts. I am currently the co-author and co-director of the UKRI GCRF GlobalGRACE Project consortium which draws together 14 academic and NGO partner organisations across 8 countries in a network of South-South and South-North partners that we hope will become a model of and platform for mobilizing the creative and critical resources of academics, artists and practitioners to address shared sustainable development goals. Working with partners in the UK, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines and South Africa, GlobalGRACE employs arts based practices, curatorial and multi-sensory research, digital and literary engagement and public exhibitions to investigate the production of cultures of equality and enable gender positive approaches to wellbeing internationally. GlobalGRACE responds directly to the UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UK AID strategy focusing on two key linked priorities identified by the Global Challenges Research Fund: reducing gender inequalities and enhancing health and wellbeing. GlobalGRACE builds capacity through employing researchers in the UK, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines and South Africa to work alongside more established academic co-investigators at different career stages in partner universities.

Further profile content

Professional projects

I am co-editor of the Journal of Gender Studies, an expert advisor for the GCRF None in Three Project and a have been a link coordinator and special advisor to the British Council. For over 25 years I worked voluntarily with women's services in the Yorkshire region. Until 2008 I was Chair of Hull Women’s Network (HWN), a limited company limited which we established to act as a central body bringing women’s organisations together into a strategic partnership across the Hull region. HWN coordinated joint work on training, education and holistic support for women in the city and in 2007 we were awarded over £600,000 in grants and loans by Futurebuilders for a project to purchase of ten houses around the city which have been renovated, target hardened and rented to women and their families with semi-supported links to the women’s centres. I was a member of Hull Rape Crisis, Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership and a Management Collective Trustee and Secretary of Hull Women's Centre until 2018.

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Media engagements

2017: Woman's Hour
I was an invited panellist on the Women's Hour Live Broadcast from the Women of the World Festival hosted by Jenni Murray.

Conferences and talks

2018: Curating Cultures of Equalities: Global Conversations - GlobalGRACE launch and Exchanging Cultures of Equalities Exhibition
Held at Goldsmiths, we organised a once day conference and exhibition collectively curated by GlobalGRACE partners entitled Exchanging Cultures of Equality: : https://culturesofequality.com/

2019: United Nations University (UNU-GEST) International Gender Studies - Gender & Develolpment module leader
I am an invited expert trainer for the annual United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST) at the University of Iceland

2019: Gender & Cultures of In/Equality in Europe: visions, poetics, strategies – Convenor of the H2020 GRACE Project final event, University of Utrecht
Dissemination of the 15 GRACE research projects, launch of Quotidian, the GRACE feminist smart phone app, Footnotes on Equality exhibition and Filming GRACE short film series.

2017: Surviving Girlhood
Centre for Gender Studies Conference, University of Hull, Co-convenor

2016: Borderlands
Gender Studies Biennial Conference Celebrating 30 years of Centre for Gender Studies and 25 of the Journal of Gender Studies founded by Hull CGS. Organiser and convenor.

2014: Caught between the Orientalist-Occidentalist Polemic: gender mainstreaming as feminist transformation or neo-colonial subversion?
ATGender, European Women’s and Gender Studies Annual Conference, Barcelona

2013: Gendering and Engendering Violence in Women’s Everyday Lives
Invited keynote speaker for the International Council for Human Rights (ICHR – United Nations), Palais Des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Grants and awards

2017: Global Gender and Cultures of Equalities (GlobalGRACE)
Co-Director, UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund grant October 2017- December 2021

2015: Gender and Cultures of Equalities in Europe (GRACE)
Principle Investigator, Horizon 2020, Marie S. Curie European Training Network grant of €3.719 million (MSCA-ITN-2015-ETN, 675378)

2016: Girl’s Rights in the UK
Principle Investigator. Analysis of girl's rights and experiences of growing up girl in the UK, commissioned by Plan International UK.

2006: • GEMMA: European Commission Masters of Excellence in Women’s & Gender Studies
UK P.I. 2006-2018. European Joint MA Women's & Gender Studies Programme and Research Consortia. Over €12 million in scholarships & staff exchange funding since 2006.

2013: European Joint Doctorate in Women’s and Gender Studies (EDGES) Project
UK CI of EDGES funded by the European Life Long Learning Programme (LLP) grant €429,234.