Dr Ruth Pearce


I am Research Coordinator for the Trans Learning Partnership, a coalition of voluntary sector service providers, community representatives, and academics, and am a Visiting Researcher in the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

From September 2017 to March 2020 I worked on the ‘Trans Pregnancy’ project at the University of Leeds, exploring the experiences and perspectives of men, transmasculine, and non-binary people who conceive and give birth, plus the implications of this for policy and healthcare.

My PhD was awarded by the University of Warwick in 2016. My thesis looked at how trans health is differently understood within trans communities, activist groups and professional literatures, with a range of meanings and practices contested within and between these spaces.

Research interests

I am a trans feminist scholar. My research primarily examines discourses, practices and experiences of trans health. I have also carried out empirical work on queer DIY music scenes, and women academics’ involvement in the Athena SWAN gender equality scheme. More information on my research work and links to open access versions of my publication can be found below, and on my personal website: https://ruthpearce.net/.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Professional memberships

  • British Sociological Association
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health
  • Feminist Studies Association

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies