Charlotte Morris

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PhD students in the fields of gender and sexuality, Sociology of Personal Life and intimacy, Higher Education - in relation to widening participation, academic cultures and identities, gender, inclusion, feminist decolonial and social justice orientated pedagogies.

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Charlotte is Lecturer in Education and Sociology with specialisms in gender and sexuality, and also higher education. She joined the School of Education and Sociology in January 2020. Research interests relate to gendered lives across the domains of work, care, intimacy and education. She is committed to inclusive, social justice orientated practices and pedagogies in higher education. She is a member of the Sociology and Social Theory, Higher Education and Women and Gender Studies research groups.

She previously taught across Sociology, Education and Gender Studies at the University of Sussex (2014 - 2020) where she completed a PhD Gender Studies in the Department of Sociology in 2014. Her PhD thesis in the field of Sociology of Personal Life and intimacy explored single mothers' narratives of intimate lives. She has also held posts as Research Fellow with the Centre for Higher Education & Equity Research and as a Researcher in the field of learning and teaching in higher education at Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Brighton. She has led projects in the field of widening participation; undergraduate and postgraduate learning; student disabilities, mental health, wellbeing and resilience; student parents and carers and experiences of early career women academics.

Charlotte has published in journals such as Sociological Research Online, Journal of Gender Studies, Feminism and Psychology and Families, Relationships and Society. Currently she is researching and writing on feminist pedagogical responses to ‘post-truth’ populist contexts, academic precarity and narratives of relationship breakdown and gender-based violence. She conducts peer reviews for Sociological Research Online, Women's Studies International, Journal of Gender Studies and Innovations in Education and Teaching International and is a member of the Gender and Education Association, Society for Research in Higher Education and British Sociological Association.


My journey of higher education research began in 2005, working on projects relating to student mental health and wellbeing at Anglia Ruskin University. During this time I undertook my first teaching experiences, guest lecturing on the MA Women's Studies, teaching Sociology of the Family and contributing to a social sciences course for Education foundation students. I then spent five years (2006 - 2011) as a professional researcher in the Centre for Learning and Teaching at the University of Brighton where I led and completed projects in doctoral learning, students with hidden disabilities, student mental health and wellbeing, student parents and carers and inclusive teaching practices which had a positive impact and led to institutional change. This work also involved designing and delivering staff and student development activities. I completed my PG Cert Higher Education and obtained my Fellowship of the HEA at the University of Brighton in 2015.

I have also worked as a Student Support and Guidance Tutor, providing pastoral care and academic support to students at the University of Brighton (2011 - 2018) and supporting student experience and retention, as a Sage Research Hive Scholar, developing peer learning, development and support for doctoral researchers, as a Research Assistant for colleagues at the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Sussex and as a Research Fellow with the Centre for Higher Education & Equity Research (CHEER) at the University, where I remain an associate.

Following my PhD completed in the department of Sociology (2014), I taught at the University of Sussex until 2020. In Sociology I taught on courses such as Sociology of the 21st Century, Gender and the Lifecourse and Constructing Sexualities. I led a Sociology and MA Gender Studies module Politics of the Body and MA Gender Studies Dissertation. In the department of Education I taught research methods and Education and Inclusion and undergraduate and postgraduate level. I developed and led a social sciences foundation course based in Education entitled 'Cradle to the Grave: Welfare and Wellbeing across the Lifecourse' (2017 - 2020) as part of an award winning team  (Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence with Advance HE). During my time at Sussex I organised successful conferences on Researching intimacy and sexuality, was involved in my School's equality and diversity committee, contributed to Athena Swan work and initiated a range of activities in support of social justice orientated teaching, including a seminar series, workshops and a 'liberatory pedagogies' reading group. I contributed to a Professional Development course for leaders in learning and teaching at Nigerian Universities and also taught a Summer School on Gender-based Violence (2017 - 2020).

Teaching Responsibilities

Charlotte leads the following modules:

  • Understanding Personal Life (Sociology and Childhood and Youth Studies undergraduate levels 5 and 6);
  • Understanding Childhoods (level 4 40 credit module for Childhood and Youth Studies undergraduates including tutorials and study skills workshops);
  • Project Development (Academic Professional Apprenticeship).

She has also contributed to the following modules: 

Gender and Sexuality (Sociology undergraduate); Developing your sociological imagination (Sociology undergraduate); Research Design and Analysis (Sociology undergraduate); Class, inequality and the lifecourse (Sociology undergraduate); The Sociology of Education (Sociology & Childhood and Youth studies undergraduate); Developing your sociological imagination (Sociology undergraduate); Research Design and Analysis (Sociology undergraduate); Class, inequality and the lifecourse (Sociology & Childhood and Youth Studies undergraduate); Health and Wellbeing (Childhood and Youth Studies undergraduate) and Gender, race and education (Childhood and Youth Studies undergraduate);

Professional Practice and Research Project (EdD) and Contemporary Perspectives in Education (MA Education). 

Research Interests

Charlotte is a gender and sexuality specialist with research interests in (1) Sociology of Personal life and intimacy  (2) Higher Education cultures, identities and intersectional inequalities and (3) Higher Education practices and pedagogies, in relation to inclusivity and social justice.

Charlotte has recently undertaken research on the experiences of women academics in precarious employment. Along with a colleague based in Sweden she is leading an International working group on Gender and Precarity in Academia. This is part of the European universities critical futures project, funded by the Danish Research Council.

Charlotte is involved in an ongoing collaboration with colleagues in Nigeria, investigating experiences of women in Nigerian higher education and ways of supporting them. See here for information.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert, University of Brighton

Award Date: 31 Jul 2015

Ph.D., University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

MA, Anglia Ruskin University

Award Date: 15 Apr 2005

BA (Hons), Anglia Ruskin University

Award Date: 30 Jun 1999

External positions

Research Development Officer, Anglia Ruskin University

Student Support and Guidance Tutor, University of Brighton

Researcher, University of Brighton

Lecturer, University of Sussex

Research Fellow, University of Sussex

Research Hive Scholar, University of Sussex

Associate Tutor, University of Sussex


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