Dr Roisin Ryan-Flood

Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Roisin Ryan-Flood
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 873551

  • Location

    5A.338, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    13-14.00 on Tuesdays



Roisin is a senior lecturer in Sociology and Director of the Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship (CISC) at the University of Essex. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, citizenship, kinship and migration and she has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in these areas. She also has a longstanding interest in feminist epistemology and methodology. Her book Lesbian Motherhood: Gender, Families and Sexual Citizenshipwas published by Palgrave in 2009. She is co-editor (with Rosalind Gill) of Silence and Secrecy in the Research Process: Feminist Reflections (Routledge, 2009). She has edited several journal special issues on topics such as sexuality and social theory; visual culture; and feminist epistemology. Roisin initially joined Essex in 2005 as Academic Fellow in 'Intimacy, Sexuality and Human Rights', a five year RCUK fellowship post that subsequently became a permanent lectureship. Her current research explores assisted reproduction, and gender and intimacy. Roisin has given numerous presentations and papers at conferences and universities in the UK and abroad, includingIreland, Sweden, Italy, the US, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexicoand Australia. She was a keynote speaker for conferences at Trinity College Dublin and Stockholm University, Sweden.


  • PhD London School of Economics and Political Science

  • MPhil Trinity College Dublin

  • BA University College Cork

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Gender, sexuality and citizenship, with particular reference to kinship, assisted reproduction and migration

feminist epistemology

research methodology

Current research

ESRC funded project about Sexuality, 'Citizenship and migration: the Irish Queer Diaspora in London'

Teaching and supervision

  • Contemporary Issues in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (HU921)

  • The Sociological Imagination (SC111)

  • Researching Social Life II (SC203)

  • Sociology of Sexualities (SC291)

  • Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Theory (SC510)


Journal articles (7)

Porfido, G. and Ryan-Flood, R., (2009). Introduction - ?Intimate Visions: Sexuality, Representation and Visual Culture?, special issue for the journal Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society, 12(2). Sexualities. 12 (2), 131-135

Ryan-Flood, R., (2009). Putting Yourself On the Line: Pedagogy, Homophobia and the Elephant in the Classroom. Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review. 10 (1)

Ryan-Flood, R. and Rooke, A., (2009). Que(e)rying Methodology: Lessons and Dilemmas from Lesbian Lives: An Introduction. Journal of Lesbian Studies. 13 (2), 115-121

Ryan-Flood, R., (2009). Queering Representation: Ethics and Visibility in Research. Journal of Lesbian Studies. 13 (2), 216-228

Gill, R. and Ryan-Flood, R., (2008). Editor's Introduction: Secrecy and Silence in Research: Opening up the Debates. Feminism & Psychology. 18 (3), 381-383

Ryan-Flood, R., (2005). Contested Heteronormativities: discourses of fatherhood among lesbian parents in Sweden and Ireland. Sexualities. 8 (2), 189-204

Ryan-Flood, R., (2003). Lesbian Parenting in Sweden and Ireland: The interaction between gender, sexuality and parenting. Lambda Nordica. 1 (2), 121-143

Books (3)

Ryan-Flood, R., (2017). Gender, Intimacy and Contemporary Ireland. Routledge Taylor & Francis. 978-1-13-801452-7

Ryan-Flood, R., (2009). Lesbian Motherhood: Gender, Families and Sexual Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan. 9780230545410

Ryan-Flood, R. and Gill, R., (2009). Secrecy and Silence in the Research Process: Feminist Reflections. Routledge. 9780415452144

Book chapters (6)

Ryan-Flood, R., (2015). Sexuality, Citizenship and Migration: The Irish Queer Diaspora in London. In: Sexuality, Citizenship and Belonging: Trans-National and Intersectional Perspectives. Editors: Stella, F., Taylor, Y., Reynolds, T. and Rogers, A., . Routledge Taylor & Francis

Ryan-Flood, R., (2014). Staying Connected: Irish lesbian and gay narratives of family. In: The 'Irish' Family. Editors: Connolly, L., . Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 978-0-415-85532-7

Ryan-Flood, R., (2011). Display work: lesbian parent couples and their families of origin negotiating new kin relationships - A Commentary. In: Displaying Families: A New Concept for the Sociology of Family Life. Editors: Dermott, E. and Seymour, J., . Palgrave Macmillan. 9780230246133

Ryan-Flood, R., (2011). Negotiating Sexual Citizenship: Lesbians and reproductive health care. In: New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity. Editors: Gill, R. and Scharff, C., . Palgrave Macmillan. 9780230223349

Ryan-Flood, R., (2009). Keeping Mum: Secrecy and Silence in Research on Lesbian Parenthood. In: Secrecy and Silence in the Research Process: Feminist Reflections. Editors: Ryan-Flood, R. and Gill, R., . Routledge. 9780415452144

Ryan-Flood, R. and Gill, R., (2009). Introduction. In: Secrecy and Silence in the Research Process: Feminist Reflections. Editors: Ryan-Flood, R. and Gill, R., . Routledge. 9780415452144

Other (3)

Ryan-Flood, R. and Gunnarsson Payne, J., (2017).Reconfiguring Motherhood: Donor Egg Recipients? Narratives of Maternity,Routledge Taylor & Francis

Ryan-Flood, R., (2017).Sexuality, Citizenship and Migration: A View from the Diaspora,Routledge Taylor & Francis

Ryan-Flood, R. and Gunnarsson Payne, J., (2017).Transnationalising Reproduction: Third Party Conception in a Globalised World,Routledge Taylor & Francis

Grants and funding


New Perspectives on Gamete and Embryo Donation: Ethics, Kinship and Citizenship in a Globalised World

European Science Foundation

+44 (0) 1206 873551


5A.338, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

13-14.00 on Tuesdays