Gender, Sexualities and Intersectionality

This cross-cutting theme of research aims at situating gender and sexualities at all levels of analysis including research on individuals, groups and societies, using a wide range of methods (textual, qualitative and quantitative). This diversity allows to create a vibrant research ethos to further enhance the work of students and members. This diversity also provides linkages with international and national networks of research in this field.

We work on three areas:


This field of inquiry analyses the role of gender in the structuring of social inequalities in Portuguese society in a variety of ways, but especially within the context of work and including masculinities studies. Another field of this strand of research encompasses work on health care provision, more specifically in the evaluation and treatment of pain, showing the role of gender and sex in these processes.


This field aims at the production of knowledge that highlights how sexualities are construed according to hegemonic heterosexuality, inside a specific gender order. This field of research also includes homonormativity, heteronormativity, same sex marriage, sexual citizenship, queer families, and analyses of discrimination and micro-aggresions based on sexual orientation and non-normative gender expressions such as transphobia.


Intersectionality is a concept created in black feminist theory that has attracted the attention of social scientists, referring to the ‘meaning and consequences of multiple categories of social group membership’ (Cole, 2008). Therefore this perspective conceptualizes individuals and groups as the locus of a matrix of privilege/oppression. It is a tool to understand both gender and sexuality, since it analyses how gender and sexuality are combined with other social belongings (such as class, age and ethnicity) to produce specific combinations of oppression and privilege, that make some intersectional positionings more vulnerable and disenfranchised than others.


Besides research, we have colaborated in intervention projects and public policies, with instituitions such as the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, the Commission for Equality in Work and Employment, but also with NGO’s in the fields of Gender (UMAR) and Sexuality (ILGA Portugal). We also provide training and evaluation of training on equality. Internacionally our members have been consultants to several organisms of the European Commission, of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Flanders Research Foundation and Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.  

Our specific areas of work include: Gender and Science, Sexual Citizenship, LGBT studies, Sexual and gender discrimination, Gender and Health, Gender and Pain, Gender, Intersectionality and Lesbian Health, Intimate violence against LGBT persons, Gender and professions, Masculinities, Queer theory and Feminist theory.

Free ebook for download: Géneros e Sexualidades: Interseções e tangentes, editado por João Manuel de Oliveira e Lígia Amâncio.

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