Professor Kerry Robinson


Professor of sexualities and genders research in the School of Social Science and Psychology


Professor Kerry Robinson is in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology (SSAP) and is the leader of the Sexualities & Genders Research (SaGR) cluster located in the school. Her research interests focus on childhood studies; diversity and difference in educational contexts; gender equity; gender and sexuality studies; gender and sexuality diversity in childhood and young people; sexual citizenship; sexuality education; feminist theory, queer theory and feminist poststructural theory.

Professor Robinson teaches in Sociology in SSAP, lecturing in contemporary sociological debates, cultural diversity and difference, and gender and sexuality.

She is the recipient of a Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Award for her innovative curriculum and transformative pedagogies that inspire and motivate students to learn, and scholarly research that enhances learning and teaching. She also received a NSW Minister for Education and Training & The Australian College of Educators Quality Teaching Award, a UWS Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, as well as a UWS College of Arts Citation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Professor Robinson was a co-recipient of a WSU Vice Chancellor's Excellence in Research Award in 2016.

Kerry has published widely on her research, including her book, Innocence, Knowledge and the construction of childhood: The contradictory relationship between sexuality and censorship in children’s contemporary lives (2013, Routledge, London); a co-edited collection Rethinking school violence (Saltmarsh, Robinson & Davies, 2012, PalgraveMacmillan, London) and a co-authored book, Diversity and Difference in Early Childhood Education: Issues for Theory and Practice (Robinson & Jones Diaz, 2006, Open University Press). A second edition of this latter book with Criss Jones Diaz, titled Diversity and Difference in Childhood: Issues for theory and practice was released in December 2016 by Open University Press. Kerry recently completed a co-edited book, with Jayne Osgood, from Middlesex University, titled: Feminists Researching Gendered Childhood, currently in press to be published by Bloomsbury (2019).

Research Interests

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Innovative research methods working with children

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD University of New South Wales
  • MA University of New South Wales
  • BA University of Wollongong
  • DipEd University of Wollongong

Research & Publications

Contact Details
Telephone+61 2 9772 6574
LocationLevel 5, Liverpool Campus