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Dr Kay Standing

Dr Kay Standing

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Biography

Dr Kay Standing has worked at LJMU since 1997. Her research interests are in gender, education, gender based violence and menstrua health 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 and the British Academy/GCRF project 'Dignity Without Danger' Collaboratively analysing stigma and taboos to develop innovative strategies to address menstrual exclusion in Nepal'. She has undertaken public engagnement eventsto normalise menstruation at the British Academy Summer School and Being Human festivals 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 is Level 3 (Foundation year tutor). She also teaches across the Sociology programme on a range of module including International Field Work, Professional Development and Dissertations.

Kay is a trustee of Women's health information services centre (WHISC), a mentor with the Girls Foundation, and works closely with the Period Project Merseyside.

Kay writes regularly for the The Conversation and has published widely in both academic and online publications.

Recent conference presentations include:
2019: 'Getting 'On the Ball'The Campaign for Free Menstrual Products at Football Clubs in the UK, (with Zipp, S) Society for MenstrualCycle Research, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, USA, 6-8 June
2017: Re-usable 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

Degrees

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

Publications

Highlighted publications

Atkinson KYM, Standing KE. 2019. 'Changing the Culture’ – A feminist academic activist critique Violence Against Women, 25 :1331-1351 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hughes B, Standing K. 2019. How cultural attitudes to menstruation have finally started to shift Publisher Url 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

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, DOI Author Url Public Url

Journal article

Atkinson KYM, Standing KE. 2019. 'Changing the Culture’ – A feminist academic activist critique Violence Against Women, 25 :1331-1351 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yerkes M, Standing K, Wattis L, Wain S. 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 DOI

Standing K, Dhital L. 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. Class work: Mothers' involvement in their children's primary schooling WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM, 22 :451-451 Author Url

STANDING K. FEMINISMS IN EDUCATION - AN INTRODUCTION - WEINER,G WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM, 18 :82-83 DOI Author Url

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

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

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, DOI Author Url Public Url

Internet publication

Hughes B, Standing K. 2019. How cultural attitudes to menstruation have finally started to shift Publisher Url Public Url

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

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

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

Chapters

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 Publisher Url

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

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, Griffiths D. 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

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

Other

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

Report

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

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

Conference publication

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

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

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

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

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

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

Standing KE. We Object FEM11: UK Feminista

Standing K. we object Forthcoming Feminisms

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

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..

How can we challenge cultural attitudes about periods? British Academy Summer Showcase was a free two-day festival of ideas for curious minds, held from 21-22 June 2019. Throughout history, our attitudes to menstruation have been shaped by cultural, medical, and media representations. These contribute to the stigmatisation of menstruation, period poverty and harmful practices and restrictions that impact on the everyday lives of people who menstruate. Through their work in the UK and Nepal, this exhibit invites visitors to challenge preconceptions and misconceptions about periods. Explore and reflect on historical and contemporary ideas about periods, make your own activist badge and challenge age-old negative associations..

Professional activities

External committees:

Period Poverty Taskforce (research stream), Government Equalities Office/Department for Education, Research Advisor. 2019

Other invited event:

British Academy Summer Showcase, British Academy, London, How can we challenge cultural attitudes about periods? https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/events/summershowcase/2019. 2019

Being Human Festival Launch, Senate House, University of London, https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/being-human-festival-launch/. 2018

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. 2017

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. 2012

Policy Studies Institute, London, Combining work and family life: policy and experience in the UK and the Netherlands. 2006

‘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. 2006

Conference presentation:

Getting ‘On the Ball’ The Campaign for Free Menstrual Products at Football Clubs in the UK, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, USA, Oral presentation. 2019

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

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

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

Impacts on Menstrual Health : Reusable Sanitary Pads in Nepal, Britain-Nepal Academic Council, Oxford University, Oral presentation. 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. 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. 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. 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. 2014

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

Research Grants Awarded:

British Academy, How do we change cultural attitudes to menstruation BA Summer Showcase, Grant value (£): 2,000. 2019

Children in Need, SEN schools and PHSE, Porter, Janette, Grant value (£): 9935.00, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2019

GCRF/LJMU, Developing gender-sensitive and disability-inclusive guidelines and resource development for emergencies, Grant value (£): 8,330.00, Duration of research project: 7 months. 2019

British Academy/GCRF, 'Dignity Without Danger' Collaboratively analysing stigma and taboos to develop innovative strategies to address menstrual exclusion in Nepal', Dr Sara Parker (PI) LJMU, Prof Madhusudan Subedi, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Dr Stefani Lotter, SOAS, Grant value (£): 299,882, Duration of research project: 18 months. 2018

Tender, Healthy Relationships, Grant value (£): 33,756, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2017

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. 2016

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. 2016

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. 2012

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. 2006

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. 2003

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

Conference organisation:

A Bloody Good Show!, Organiser, https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/the-periodical-exhibition/. 2018

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. 2018

A Celebration of Women in Research at LJMU, Co-organiser, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-celebration-of-women-in-research-at-ljmu-2018-tickets-40844915241. 2018

Radical Women, Radical City: Centenary of International Women's Day, Co-Organiser, http://www.liv.ac.uk/philosophy/events/conferences/iwd/index.htm. 2010

External PGR examinations performed:

Edge Hill Uinversity, PhD, Widows and the Aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide. 2017

Teaching qualification:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy. 2014

External PGR Supervision - completed students:

Liverpool John Moores University, PhD. 2012

Media Coverage:

https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/being-human-festival-launch/, Being Human Press launch.

https://theconversation.com/celtic-fc-leads-way-in-tackling-period-poverty-now-other-clubs-need-to-follow-96748, Celtic FC The Conversation.

https://theconversation.com/love-island-adam-shows-teenagers-how-not-to-treat-romantic-partners-98801, The Conversation: Love Island.

https://theconversation.com/menstrual-art-why-everyone-should-go-and-see-it-105778, The Conversation -menstrual art.

https://theconversation.com/padman-how-bollywood-is-challenging-the-stigma-around-periods-in-india-90278, http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/pad-man-periods-bollywood-menstruation-india-film-akshay-kumar-movie-a8177761.html, Padman: how Bollywood is challenging the stigma around periods in India.

https://theconversation.com/why-private-companies-shouldnt-be-involved-in-menstrual-education-94322, The Conversation - private companies and menstruation.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/pad-man-periods-bollywood-menstruation-india-film-akshay-kumar-movie-a8177761.html, The Independent - Bollywood periods.

https://www.nepalitimes.com/review/bloody-period/, Artilce Nepali Times.

https://www2.ljmu.ac.uk/newsupdate/viewarticle/3351/, 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..

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

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

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..

Blood Rituals: Light Night 2019 In collaboration with Dignity Without Danger, we present a collaborative multi-part installation examining rituals surrounding menstruation. Blood Rituals combines virtual reality, photography and film exploring menstrual experiences in Nepal with material from LJMU’s Femorabilia collection, artworks by Bee Hughes and Poloumi Basu and craft activities with Period Project Merseyside to reflect on menstrual stigma in the UK and globally..

How can we challenge cultural attitudes about periods? British Academy Summer Showcase was a free two-day festival of ideas for curious minds, held from 21-22 June 2019. Throughout history, our attitudes to menstruation have been shaped by cultural, medical, and media representations. These contribute to the stigmatisation of menstruation, period poverty and harmful practices and restrictions that impact on the everyday lives of people who menstruate. Through their work in the UK and Nepal, this exhibit invites visitors to challenge preconceptions and misconceptions about periods. Explore and reflect on historical and contemporary ideas about periods, make your own activist badge and challenge age-old negative associations..