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Dr Ruth Pearce

I am a former Warwick PhD student and research fellow, now based in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. This page is therefore no longer being updated.

For information on my current work, please see my personal page on the University of Leeds website, or visit my personal website and blog:

Email: r dot pearce1 at leeds dot ac dot uk

PhD Thesis

My doctoral thesis, (Im)possible Patients? Negotiating discourses of trans health in the UK, examined the emergence, negotiation and contestation of discourses related to the treatment of trans people in the context of UK-based websites and social media.

This PhD project was supervised by Professor Deborah Lynn Steinberg and Dr Maria do Mar Pereira. You can read more about my research aims and methodology here.

The thesis is currently under embargo as I work on related publications. However, if you would like to read a copy, please do get in contact and I'll see what I can do.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Pearce, R., & Lohman, K. (forthcoming, 2017) De/Constructing DIY Identities in a Trans Music Scene Sexualities.

Pearce, R. (2012) Inadvertant Praxis: What Can 'Genderfork' Tell Us About Trans Feminism? MP: An Online Feminist Journal, 3 (4), 87-129.


Pearce, R. (forthcoming, 2018) Understanding Trans Health. Under contract with Policy Press.

Moon, I., Pearce, R. & Steinberg, D.L. eds. (forthcoming, 2018) The Emergence of Trans: Essays on Health, Culture and the Politics of Everyday Life. Under contract with Routledge.

Guest Edited Journal (Special Issue)

Pearce, R., Steinberg D. L. & Moon, I. (forthcoming, 2017) Sexualities Special Issue: ‘Trans Genealogies: Gender, Sexuality and the Emergence of “Trans”’.

MA dissertation

Pearce, R (2010) Genderforking: Identity, Ambiguity and Diversity Within a Community Blog University of Warwick, dissertation submitted for MA in Social Research.


Trans* and non-binary activism (8th April 2015)
At the Sexual Cultures Conference, University of Sunderland, London campus. Keynote panel with Jade Fernandez, Kat Gupta, Jay Stewart.

Invited Talks

(Mis)understanding Trans Health: three common issues (13 May 2017)
At Education For Health Trainers’ Conference, The Woodside, Kenilworth.

Trans Feminism (10 March 2017)
International Women's Week talk, University of Wolverhampton.

Trans Experiences of Health Care (21 February 2017)
LGBT History Month event, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. Panel discussion with Morgan Potts, Amy Clark, Ray Filar, Tschan Andrews.

Condition or Movement? A Century of Trans Identities (16 February 2017).
LGBT History Month event, University of Warwick.

The Practice of Public Sociology (24th November 2016)
At The Practice of Public Sociology, Manchester Digital Laboratory. Roundtable discussion with Maddie Breeze, Ipek Demir, Lambros Fatsis.

Reconceptualising Trans Health (23 May 2016)
At LGBT Workshop: 'Inclusion', University of Warwick.

(Mis)understanding Trans Health (4th May 2016)
At re:publica TEN, Berlin.

Academia as Redistribution: A Challenge to Sociologists (25th June 2015)
At Re-appropriating Value(s) in Higher Education, University of Manchester.

Living in Trans Time (28th May 2015)
At The Subjectivity of the Body in Mental Health, University College London.

Trans Temporality: Anticipation and fear in accessing healthcare (9th April 2015)
At Trans* Health Workshop, King's College London.

Riot Grrrl: revolution grrrl-style now (...and then!) (10th August 2013)
At Nine Worlds Geekfest, London. With Kirsty Lohman.

Conference/Seminar Papers

'A time of anticipation': Trans temporalities and the Gender Identity Clinic (forthcoming: 30 June 2017)
At Queer Studies: Looking Back, Looking Forward, University of Surrey.

Trans health research at the Gender Identity Clinic (forthcoming: 25 May 2017)
At Trans-Forming Medicine, University of Lancaster. With Ben Vincent and Michael Toze.

Becoming an 'Expert': The changing landscape of trans health (26th November 2016)
At Action For Trans Health Conference, Norfolk Park Heritage Centre, Sheffield.

To those who would exclude me from feminism (12th June 2014)
At Daring to be Bad? An interdisciplinary workshop, University of Warwick.

#transdocfail: What makes a Twitterstorm important? (24th April 2014)
At British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds.

From Bikini Kill to Beyoncé: feminist praxis in a militant music underground (28th March 2014)
At Militant Feminists in Art and Culture, University of Warwick.

Subculture (or not?): identity and inclusion in trans performance events (10th June 2013)
At Subculture and Subjectivity, University of Warwick. With Kirsty Lohman.

Trans Music Isn't: De/constructing DIY Identity (23rd May 2013)
At ‘Trans’ as Everyday Culture: Social networks, social movements, everyday lives and everyday repertoires, University of Warwick. With Kirsty Lohman.

Trans Music Isn't: De/constructing DIY Identity (13th February 2013)
At Constructing Gendered Identities, University of Warwick. With Kirsty Lohman.

Not Right: Cross-disciplinary approaches at the rhythm-melody interface (4th May 2012)
At Othering Academia: A B/ull(s)hit Conference, University of Warwick. As 'Not Right', with Kirsty Lohman and Richard Snowdon.

Genderforking: deconstructing gender norms in a community blog (28th April 2012)
At Gender, Bodies and Technology: (Dis)Integrating Frames, Roanoke, VA, USA.

Mind the [Gap]: Emotionality, Social Change and Research Cultures Within Sexuality Studies (21st April 2012)
At Sexual Cultures: Theory, Practice and Research, Brunel University. Panel with Lyndsey Moon and Mark Carrigan.

Genderforking: deconstructing gender norms in a community blog (18th January 2012)
At Centre for the Study of Women and Gender Graduate Seminar Series, University of Warwick.

Transgender: Time to Recognise Change (20th May 2011)
At Trans* Education and Determination, King's College London.


'We live in a time of anticipation': Waiting for treatment in the United Kingdom (19-20 June 2016)
At World Professional Association for Transgender Health Symposium, Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam.


BBC Radio 4: Analysis (18th March 2013)
I was interviewed about trans feminism, research and related issues for an episode of Analysis, entitled Who decides I'm a woman?

Event Organisation

Certifying Equality? A critical conversation on Athena SWAN and equality accreditation (17 February 2017)
A one-day event offering an opportunity for critical reflection and discussion on the challenges and opportunities afforded by Athena SWAN.Organised for Warwick’s Centre for the Study of Women and Gender.

Community Development Journal 50th Anniversary Conference (1-3 July 2015)
I organised and managed an international conference for the Community Development Journal. The event, entitled Why Community Development? Continuity and Innovation, brought together academics and practitioners from across the world, with resources distributed online following the event.

Re-theorising Gender and Sexuality: The Emergence of 'Trans' (2012-2014)
ESRC seminar series organised with Professor Deborah Steinberg and Dr Lyndsey Moon. The series aimed to bring together practitioners, patient groups, educators, researchers, community groups and activists over the course of four events in order to promote a cross-disciplinary exploration of gender and sexuality in the wake of ‘trans’ discourses.

Spotlight on: Genderqueer (29th April 2013)
Event exploring research into 'genderqueer' experience and identity repertoires , organised with Dr Lyndsey Moon. Academics, activists, community members and students gathered in the university library and online to discuss research on genderqueer identity, experience and modes of presentation, with papers presented both in-person and from the United States and Canada via video-conference. Videos from the event are being distributed online.

Centre for the Study of Women and Gender Graduate Seminar Series (2011-2013)
Seminar series organised by postgraduate researchers associated with the University of Warwick's Centre for the Study of Women and Gender.

Spotlight on: Asexuality (24th October 2011)
“Spotlight on Asexuality Studies” was a groundbreaking event hosted by the Identity Repertoires/Mind the Gap research group (Lyndsey Moon, Mark Carrigan, Ruth Pearce). Academics, activists, community members, therapists and students gathered in the university library and online to discuss contemporary asexual research, with papers presented both in-person and from the United States and Canada via video-conference.

Trans* Education and Determination (20th May 2011)
Community conference organised in response to the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ event 'Transgender: Time to Change'. The event was organised by an informal coalition of activists, academics and students.


Lecturing, small group work and seminars at the University of Warwick:

Feminist Theory and Epistemology (2017)
Masters-level Sociology module.

Sexualities, Power and Discourse (2016)
Third-year honours-level Sociology optional module.

Sociology of Gender (2016)
First-year honours-level Sociology optional module.

Researching Society and Culture (2011-2013, 2015)
First-year honours-level Sociology core module.

Sociological Perspectives (2013-2014)
First-year honours-level Sociology core module.

Lifespan (2012-2013)
Second-year Medical School core module.

Health in the Community (2012)
First-year Medical School core module.

I have also covered classes for the optional Sociology module Gender, Culture and Popular Media, and contributed content on Transgender Studies to the Sociology modules Technologies of the Gendered Body and Sociology of Gender.

Other work

I was the Editorial Assistant for the Community Development Journal, and also worked on developing their web presence, including the CDJ Plus website.

I have also worked as an Academic Mentor for Ritsumeikan University, Japan, and as an Academic Writing Mentor at the University of Warwick.

Ruth Pearce

Photo by Marta Kochanek

Poster (2016):
"A time of anticipation":


(Mis)understanding Trans Health

at re:publica TEN

Trans Music Isn't
at Trans as Everyday Culture

Video (2011):
Time to Recognise Change
at Trans* Education & Determination