Advisory Board

The TRANSRIGHTS project Advisory Board is constituted by renowned experts in gender and transgender studies.



Professor Raewyn Connell Professor Emerita, University of Sydney (Australia).

Raewyn Connell retired from her University Chair in the University of Sydney on 31 July 2014.  She previously held posts in other universities in Australia and the USA, and visiting positions in Canada, the USA, and Germany.  She is now Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney, and a Life Member of the National Tertiary Education Union. Raewyn became known for research on the ways class and gender developed a social theory of gender relations (Gender and Power, 1987), which emphasised that gender is a large-scale social structure not just a matter of personal identity. Raewyn  is best known outside Australia for studies of the social construction of masculinity. She was one of the founders of this research field and her book Masculinities (1995, 2005) is the most-cited in the field. She has been an advisor to UNESCO and UNO initiatives relating men, boys and masculinities to gender equality and peacemaking.



Professor Susan Stryker Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, The University of Arizona (USA).

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Susan Stryker is the author of many articles and several books on transgender and queer topics, most recently Transgender History (2008). She won a Lambda Literary Award for the anthology The Transgender Studies Reader (2006), and an Emmy Award for the documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (2005). Alongside Paisley Currah, Susan co-edits Transgender Studies Quarterly, the first non-medical academic journal devoted to transgender issues, which premiered in 2014. She has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Simon Fraser University. Susan currently teaches classes on LGBT history, and on embodiment and technology. Research interests include transgender and queer studies, film and media, built environments, somatechnics, and critical theory.



Professor Stephen Whittle Professor of Equalities Law, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).

whittleStephen Whittle  joined Manchester Metropolitan University as a lecturer in Law in 1993. He progressed to senior lecture, then reader, and in 2006 was made Professor of Equalities Law. In 1992, Stephen was also a co-founder of Press for Change (PFC), the UK’s trans rights lobby group. PFC’s very successful campaigns have resulted in several major case law successes at the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, which have led to significant legal changes including the Gender Recognition Act 2004, and full protection under the Equality Act 2010. Stephen has advised on transgender rights and law to the UK, Scottish, Irish, Italian, Japanese and South African governments, as well as the European Union & the Commission, and the Council of Europe.