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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

Academic appointments

Reader in Gender Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present
Lecturer in Sociology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2005 - present
Head of Women's Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 1999 - 2005


Internet publication

Standing K, Parker S. 2019. Nepal's menstrual huts: What can be done about the practice of confining women to cow sheds?

Standing K. 2018. Pad Man: How Bollywood is challenging period stigma in India

Hughes B, Standing K. 2018. Menstrual art: why everyone should go and see it >Public Url

Journal article

Standing K, Parker S. 2019. Nepal’s menstrual huts: what can be done about this practice of confining women to cow sheds? The Conversation, >Public Url

Standing K. 2018. Padman: how Bollywood is challenging the stigma around periods in India The Conversation, >Public Url

Standing K. 2018. Why private companies shouldn’t be involved in ‘menstrual education’ The Conversation, >Public Url

Standing K, Zipp S. 2018. Celtic FC leads way in tackling period poverty, now other clubs need to follow The Conversation, >Public Url

Standing K, Porter J. 2018. Love Island: Adam shows teenagers how not to treat romantic partners The Conversation, >Public Url

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 >Public Url

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 >Public Url

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, 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

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

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, Atkinson KYM. 'Changing the Culture’ – A feminist academic activist critique Violence Against Women, >Public Url

Standing KE, Parker S, Bista S. ‘It's breaking quite big social taboos’ violence against women and girls and self-defence training in Nepal Women's Studies International Forum, >Public Url

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


Standing KE, Parker S. 2017. Girls’ and women’s rights to menstrual health in Nepal Mahtab N. Women's Issues and Rights in the Developing World :156-168 IGI Global Publisher. Hershey, Pennsylvania (USA) 9781522530183 >DOI

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


Standing KE, Pihlaja S, Davies C, Burton P. 2016. Let's talk about sex: equipping student leaders to address sexual violence on campuses, Hefce final report

Standing KE, Atkinson K. 2016. Let’s talk about sex: equipping student leaders to address sexual violence on campus

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


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

Conference publication

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

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Changing the culture: a feminist activist critique, Managing, researching and enbaling respectful sexual conduct in Highr Education, Ghent University, Ghent, Belguim, Oral presentation 19/02/2018

Re-usable Sanitary Pads in Nepal, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research 2nd Biennial Conference, Kennesaw University, Atlanta, USA, Oral presentation 22/06/2017

Evaluating the impact of long haul international fieldtrips and blogging on the student experience in Sociology, LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference, LJMU, Oral presentation 14/06/2017

Qualitative research in action: inspirational women in Nepal, LJMU Teaching and learning conference, LJMU, Oral presentation 14/06/2017

Impacts on Menstrual Health : Reusable Sanitary Pads in Nepal, Britain-Nepal Academic Council, Oxford University, Oral presentation 12/04/2017

Reusable sanitary pads in Nepal, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine's 6th Annual Research Symposium on Humanitarium aid in times of disasters., Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Poster presentation 21/11/2016

Using the Arts in Teaching and Research:Engaging young people in relationship education and violence prevention, BSA Sociology of the Art Study Group, University of Sheffield, Oral presentation 16/06/2016

‘Acting to End Abuse:’ Using creative methods to engage young people in relationship education and violence prevention, Social research Association Conference, British Library, London, Oral presentation 08/05/2015

Everyone is Vulnerable’: Engaging Young people in a school based relationship violence prevention programme, European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, LJMU, Oral presentation 03/09/2014

Inspirational women: learning from the Global South, British Nepal Academic Council, University of Oxford, Oral presentation 23/05/2014

Acting to End Abuse: Finding from the Tender ‘Healthy Relationships’ project, Self, Selves and Sexualities International Conference, 3rd Biannual Irish Sexualities Studies Conference, Dublin City University, Dublin, Oral presentation 13/03/2014

Conference organisation:

Joint Nepal-UK Education and Research Workshop Educational Inclusion and Rights in Practice: Classroom in the Clouds NGO/LJMU School of Education, Organised by Classrooms in the Clouds NGO and LJMU School of Education/Sociology

A Celebration of Women in Research at LJMU, Co-organiser,

Radical Women, Radical City: Centenary of International Women's Day, Co-Organiser,

External PGR examinations performed:

Edge Hill Uinversity, PhD, Widows and the Aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide

External PGR Supervision - completed students:

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD

Media Coverage:, The Independent - Bollywood periods, The Conversation - private companies and menstruation, Celtic FC The Conversation, The Conversation: Love Island, The Conversation -menstrual art, Artilce Nepali Times, Himalayan teachers join LJMU in Nepal-UK education workshops Classrooms in the Clouds, Nepal collaborated with the School of Education and Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to organise a participatory workshop on Culture, Inclusion and Sustainability, June 19-20th 2018. Teachers and supporters of Nepal education came from the Wirral, Dudley and across the North West to share experiences and insights into gender roles in education, the role of culture and learning in natural environments.,, Padman: how Bollywood is challenging the stigma around periods in India

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

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

Other invited event:

Reflection on Gender and Development in Nepal: Action Research over past 30 years, Central Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, Invited Presentation with Dr Sara Parker, LJMU

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

‘Ethnic Minority Women in the Workplace. How high is the glass ceiling?, Reebok Stadium,, 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

Policy Studies Institute, London, Combining work and family life: policy and experience in the UK and the Netherlands

Other Professional Activity:

A Bloody Good Show! Adventures in Menstruating Comedy Performance by Chella Quint & Panel Discussion organised by Kay Standing & Bee Hughes as part of Being Human festival of the Humanities 2018. 16 November 2018, The Casa, Liverpool. Chella Quint’s bloody funny, five-star taboo-breaking comedy ‘Adventures in Menstruating’ combines humour, science and craftivism to promote shame-free period talk for audiences of all genders. This delightfully high-energy interactive performance is followed by a panel discussion with the event organisers, menstrual activists, academic researchers, and representatives from The Homeless Period Liverpool and #periodpositive. Panel Chaired by Kay Standing. Panel members: Natalie Denny, Bee Hughes, Chella Quint & Sarah Zipp.

Research Grants Awarded:

British Academy, How do we change cultural attitudes to menstruation BA Summer Showcase, Grant value (£): 2,000

Children in Need, SEN schools and PHSE, Porter, Janette, Grant value (£): 9935.00, Duration of research project: 12 months

Being Human, A Bloody Good Show: Adventures in Menstruating and the Periodical Exhibition, Grant value (£): 2,000

Tender, Healthy Relationships, Grant value (£): 33,756, Duration of research project: 2 years

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

Teaching qualification:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy