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Dr Kay Standing

Dr Kay Standing

Telephone: 0151 231 5040



Dr Kay Standing has worked at LJMU since 1997. Her research interests are in gender and education in the UK and Nepal. She is currently working on a British Academy funded project on re-usable menstrual products in Nepal, and a Hefce funded project looking at sexual violence in HEIs. She is project manager for the Tender Acting to End Abuse project which works with schools using art and drama to explore issues of equality, respect and the healthy and unhealthy behaviors’ present within relationships, including violence and abuse, and provides INSET training on recognising early warning signs of abuse. Kay has also been involved in research on gender and education in Nepal since 2003 with Dr Sara Parker, leading to the Inspirational Women in Nepal project. She has also project managed two ESF funded research projects on women and work life balance in the UK and the Netherlands.

Kay is Programme leader for the Mres in Critical Social Science and module leader for 6014SOCIO: Body Politics, Gender, Sexuality and the Body and 5001SOCIO: Social Research Methods. She also teaches across the Sociology programme on a range of module including International Field Work, Professional Development and Dissertations .

Recent conference presentations include:
2017: Re-sable sanitary pad kits: assessing their impact on women and girls wellbeing and education, (with Parker, S) Social structure and social change, Nepal Sociological Association, Tribhuvan University, Pokhara, Nepal 21-22 November.
2017: Re-usable sanitary pads in Nepal, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, USA, 23-24 June
2015; 'Using creative methods to engage young people in violence prevention programmes in schools (with Porter, N) Creative research methods, Social Research Association Conference, British Library, 8th May
2014 ‘Acting to End Abuse: Finding from the Tender ‘Healthy Relationships’ project (with Porter, N), Self, Selves and Sexualities International Conference, 3rd Biannual Irish Sexualities Studies Conference, Dublin City University, Dublin, 13th -15th March


1997, London South Bank University, United Kingdom, PhD
1986, University of Kent, United Kingdom, MA Women's Studies
1984, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) 1st Class


Highlighted publications

Standing K, Parker S. 2011. The effect of the 'people's war' on schooling in nepal, 1996-2006 Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 6 :181-195 >DOI

Journal Articles

Standing K, Parker S, Bista S. 2017. 'It's breaking quite big social taboos' violence against women and girls and self-defense training in Nepal WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM, 64 :51-58 >DOI >Link

Standing K, Parker S, Bista S. 2016. Grassroots responses to violence against women and girls in post-earthquake Nepal: lessons from the field Gender and Development, 24 :187-204 >DOI

Parker S, Standing K, Shrestha BK. 2014. 'My grandfather broke all traditional norms by sending both his daughters to school': Lessons from 'inspirational' women in Nepal Gender and Development, 22 :91-108 >DOI

Parker S, Standing K, Pant B. 2013. Caught in the cross fire: Children's right to education during conflict - the case of Nepal 1996-2006 Children and Society, 27 :372-384 >DOI

Standing KE, Wattis L, Yerkes M. 2013. Mothers and work-life Balance: Exploring the contradictions and complexities involved in work-family negotiation Community Work and Family, 1 :1-19 >DOI

Patiniotis J, Standing K. 2012. License to cause harm? Sex entertainment venues and women's sense of safety in inner city centres: Jackie Patiniotis and Kay Standing consider how the effects of lap dancing clubs contribute to women's vulnerability in public spaces Criminal Justice Matters, 88 :10-12 >DOI

Standing KE, Pant B. 2011. Citizenship rights and women’s roles in development agencies in post conflict Nepal Gender and Development, 19 >DOI

Standing K, Parker S. 2011. The effect of the 'people's war' on schooling in nepal, 1996-2006 Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 6 :181-195 >DOI

Standing KE, Parker S, Mahtab N, Thapaliya H. 2011. Gender and Women’s Studies courses in Nepal, Bangladesh and the UK: experiences from the DelPHE link programme, Education and Development, 22 :85-106

Yerkes M, Standing K, Wattis L, Wain S. 2010. The disconnection between policy practices and women's lived experiences: Combining work and life in the UK and the Netherlands Community, Work and Family, 13 :411-427

Standing KE, James L. 2010. Developing an undergraduate e-journal in the school of social science Vickerman P. Innovations in Practice, 2 :65-72

Standing K, Dhital L. 2006. Researching Gender and Education in the Context of Conflict: Experiences of the Gender and Development Project in Nepal’ Education and Development, 22 :26-34

Standing K. 1999. Class work: Mothers' involvement in their children's primary schooling WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM, 22 :451-451 >Link

Standing K. 1999. Lone mothers' involvement in their children's schooling: Towards a new typology of maternal involvement Gender and Education, 11 :57-73 >DOI

Standing K. 1999. Lone mothers and 'parental' involvement: A contradiction in policy? Journal of Social Policy, 28 :479-495 >DOI

Standing KE. 1997. Scrimping, saving and schooling Critical Social Policy,

David M, Davies J, Edwards R, Reay D, Standing K. 1997. Choice Within Constraints: Mothers and schooling Gender and Education, 9 :397-410 >DOI



Standing KE, Wattis L, Yerkes M. Mothers and work-life Balance: Exploring the contradictions and complexities involved in work-family negotiation


Standing KE, Parker SL. 2016. Overcoming intersectional barriers: Lessons from 'inspirational' women in Nepal Mahtab N, Parker S, Haque T, Sabur A, Sowed ASM.


Standing KE, Griffiths D. 2011. Teaching Gender Courses: the changing positions and identifications of students Mirza M, Hussey D. Teaching Gender and Sexualities in the Twenty First Century, C-SAP. Birmingham

Standing KE, Wattis L, Lloyd S, Lewis J. 2010. The Gendered Nature of Work- Life Balance Ford DC. Fragmenting family? 9781905929788

Parker S, Standing K. 2007. The Impact of Conflict on schools in Nepal’ Leach F, Dunne M. Education, conflict and reconciliation Peter Lang Pub Inc 9783039109456

Standing K, Parker S, Dhital L. 2006. Schools in Nepal: ‘Zones of Peace’ or Sites of Gendered Violence Leach FE, Mitchell C. Combating gender violence in and around schools Trentham Books Ltd 9781858563886

Standing KE. 2001. Gender and social changes in Europe: women, employment, family and politics representation in the European Union Gilberg T. Social changes in Asia and Europe in the age of globalisation

Standing KE. 1999. Negotiating the home and the school: low income lone mothering and unpaid schoolwork McKie L, Bowlby S, Gregory S. Gender, power and the household

Standing KE. 1998. Writing the voices of the less powerful; research on lone mothers Ribbens J, Edwards R. Feminist Dilemmas in qualitative research Sage. London 9780761956648

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Standing K. we object Forthcoming Feminisms

Standing KE. We Object FEM11: UK Feminista

Standing KE, Harbord K. Using wikis as tools for learning and assessment: case studies from social science Learning and Teaching Conference

Standing KE. Mainstreaming or malestreaming gender in HE in Nepal and Bangladesh Gender Mainstreaming

Standing KE, Mahtab N, Thapilya H, Parker S. findings from the DelpHE project: gender activism and views of gender courses in HE DELPHE Conference on Gender, Health and Education

Standing KE, Mahtab, M, Parker S. Gender mainstreaming in Nepal, Bangladesh and the UK UKFIET

Standing KE. Cultural Capital in the Capital of Culture’ Capital, Culture, Power: Criminalisation and Resistance,

Standing KE, James L. ‘(Re) negotiating the domestic: work life balance, gender and class in the UK and Netherlands’ ) Rediscovering the Domestic: Interdisciplinary reflections on contemporary global cultures

Standing KE, Thapliya H. The Challenges of Teaching Gender in Nepal: findings from the DelPHE project’ BNAC

Standing KE. Undergraduate Student Conferences as a form of assessment’ LJMU Learning and Teaching Conference


Standing KE, Ruffinato E, Lloyd S. Equilibrium: Work Life Balance Training Project

Standing KE, Wattis L, Yerkes M, Lloyd S, Hernandez M. Combining Work and Family Life: expereinces from the UK and the Netherlands

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

Conference name: Radical Women, Radical City: Centenary of International Women's Day, Position: Co-Organiser, URL:

External PGR Supervision - completed students:

Name of University: Liverpool John Moores University, Award gained by the student: PhD

Media Coverage:

Media coverage: Radio Interview, We Object, response to licensing lap dancing clubs, London Women's Radio, 12/11/2011

Media coverage: Article in Daily Post on Work -Life balance research 26/5/2006

Other invited event:

Title of event: Crime, safety and sexual entertainment: what are the issues?, Location: University of Kent, Description: invited speaker to ESRC funded workshop on impact of SEVs on communities and businesses

Title of event: ‘Ethnic Minority Women in the Workplace. How high is the glass ceiling?, Location: Reebok Stadium,, Description: Presentation:Combining work and family life: removing the barriers to women’s progression. Implications for Black and Minority Ethnic Women. University of Bolton and Bolton Racial Equality Unit

Title of event: Policy Studies Institute, Location: London, Description: Combining work and family life: policy and experience in the UK and the Netherlands

Research Grants Awarded:

British Academy/Leverhulme small grant, Re-usable sanitary towel projects: Assessing their wider impact on women's health and well-being in Nepal, Sara Parker, LJMU, Grant value (£): 7820.00, Duration of research project: 2 years

HEFCE, Let's talk about sex ; Equipping student leaders to address sexual violence on campus, Polly Burton, Southampton Solent University, Ceri Davis, The University of Brighton/Community University Partnership, Stephen Pihlaja, Newman University, Grant value (£): 18262.60, Duration of research project: 6 months

European Social Fund Objective 3, Work Life Balance Training for Women’s Progression in the Labour Market, Grant value (£): 198,410, Duration of research project: 18months

European Social Fund Objective 3, Combining work and family life: removing the barriers to women’s progression, Grant value (£): 272,225, Duration of research project: 3

Big Lottery, Tender national partnership: Acting to end abuse - Healthy Relationships in Schools, Tender, Diane Grant, Grant value (£): 88,478, Duration of research project: 3 years