Dr Matthew Waites

Matthew Waites
  • Associate Academic (Institute of Health and Wellbeing)
  • Senior Lecturer (Sociology)

telephone: +44 (0)141 330 4049
email: Matthew.Waites@glasgow.ac.uk

Room 818
School of SPS
Adam Smith Building
40 Bute Gardens


Research

Book cover: Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The CommonwealthCurrent research focuses on issues of human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in international contexts, and developing the sociology of human rights. Postgraduate Research Convenor, Sociology. Updates via Twitter - existing contacts Linkedin (& Academia.edu).

Research interests: human rights and global sexual politics; sexualities; gender; sociological, political and cultural theory; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people; feminist and queer politics and theories; youth and childhood; activism, NGOs, social movements & citizenship; critical analysis in contexts of multi-dimensional inequalities. Interdisciplinary research has contributed to sociology, politics, law, socio-legal studies and history, engaging cultural theory.

Opening plenary, with Professor Christine Delphy, Causes Sexuelles conference 5-7 June 2014‌Opening plenary, with Professor Christine Delphy, 'Causes Sexuelles: Sexualités et Mobilisations Collectives', international conference, 5-7 June 2014, Université de Lausanne.

A central concern is the contested relationship of the Commonwealth to sexual orientation and gender identity issues, in a context where the British Empire criminalised same-sex sexual behaviour, explored in the first book on the topic: Corinne Lennox and Matthew Waites, eds. (2013) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change (published on a not-for-profit basis by School of Advanced Study, University of London, and available free online: http://events.sas.ac.uk/supportresearch/publications/989). The book has been developed in partnership with Institute of Commonwealth Studies, from a conference jointly convened by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative; a Facebook site has been developed to assist dissemination [https://www.facebook.com/#!/HumanRightsSOGICommonwealth]. The book offers data on 54 Commonwealth states, with detailed discussion of 16 states by activists and academics - and comparative analysis - covering UK, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Malawi, Botswana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas. It provides the most internationally extensive analysis to date of the global struggle for decriminalisation of same-sex sexual behaviour. The book also seeks - including in my United Kingdom chapter -to document existing critical theoretical analyses of decriminalisation struggles, and suggest their relevance to activism, politics and analysis globally. The cover image is from the first Pride Uganda in 2012, used with collaboration of Sexual Minorities Uganda, Freedom and Roam Uganda, Pride Uganda and i freedom Uganda; and the book includes two chapters on Uganda. To support Ugandan LGBT activists in their struggle against the Anti-Homosexuality Act (2014), donate online.

Contributors include: Human Rights Watch(Alok Gupta with Scott Long); The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG; Frederick Cowell; Gary Kinsman; Graham Willett; Simon Obendorf; Shanon Shah; Sumit Baudh; Gustavo Gomes da Costa Santos; Monica Tabengwa; Nancy Nicol; Undule Mwakasungula (of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation, Malawi); Adrian Jjuuko (of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum, Uganda); Kevin Ward; Joseph Gaskins Jr.; Conway Blake and Philip Dayle (who have worked with Human Dignity Trust); Dimitrina Petrova (of Equal Rights Trust). Following international dissemination work, international organisations providing links to the book as a free resource include the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-World), ILGA-Europe, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), Association for Women's Rights in Development, ORAM, Commonwealth Writers, the Kaleidoscope Trust which describes it as 'highly recommended', Sexuality Policy Watch ('we recommend') and ARC-International ('great book'). National organisations such Stonewall (UK) , RFSL (The Swedish Federation for LGBT Rights) and J-FLAG in Jamaica have added links on websites and many others have shared the book via social media such as United Belize Advocay Movement, CAISO in Trinidad and Tobago, Seksualitit Merdeka in Malaysia, Boys of Bangladesh, Equal Ground in Sri Lanka and Trevvy in Singapore; we have also shared for example via Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Same-Sex Laws.

As part of University of Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 activities for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (23 July-3rd August), I have collaborated on behalf of Glasgow Human Rights Network in organising the LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth conference, held in Sir Charles Wilson Building at University of Glasgow on Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July 2014. This free event was a partnership with Equality Network, Scotland's leading LGBT equality and human rights organisation, and with Kaleidoscope Trust and Pride Glasgow; steering group members also included Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi and Frank Mugisha of Sexual Minorities Uganda. See the Glasgow Human Rights Network's LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth conference website, including the conference brochure with programme of speakers, pictures and films (when available). See also conference report from Kaleidoscope and Equality Network conference pages. Introduction in Glasgow Sociology blog post 'LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth - A Public Engagement', 30 June 2014. Conference updates via Twitter at #lgbtihrc.

The LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth conference Statement on Nelson Mandela International Day was passed overwhelmingly by a vote at the end of the event, and is now being taken forward - particularly by Kaleidoscope Trust - in moves to lobby the Commonwealth, especially looking towards the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta in 2015. I was centrally involved in instigating and drafting the Statement, particularly with Kaleidoscope and other steering group members, and took a leading role in presenting this to the conference, where it was affirmed with only one vote against. I am particularly glad that the negotiated Statement's Call to Action begins with a call for repeal of British colonial laws, followed by a multi-dimensional affirmation of human rights related to racism and religion, making it explicitly anti-colonial and intersectional. An article in The Conversation outlines my case for the Statement: 'The Commonwealth can play a role in the worldwide struggle for LGBTI human rights' (23 July 2014).

I have also been on the steering group of the LGBTI People of the Commonwealth exhibition, led by Equality Network and funded by Celebrate and Big Lottery Fund - a project to recognise the contribution of LGBTI peoples from 53 Commonwealth states, by showcasing these in venues including Pride House Glasgow, in a booklet and on a website during the Games.

I am a publicly engaged sociologist who contributes to mainstream public debates, and also to activist/movement debates in counter-publics, as well as having published analyses of the public sphere, NGOs and movements in sexual politics. The UK book launch of Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change was hosted by Institute of Commonwealth Studies at Senate House in London on 5 July 2013, with speakers including chapter authors Adrian Jjuuko on Uganda and Philip Dayle & Conway Blake on Jamaica (video of Matthew Waites opening introduction to the book: http://www.sas.ac.uk/videos-and-podcasts/politics-development-human-rights/human-rights-sexual-orientation-gender-identit#.Uhkq7cJp1Kk.facebook). A Canadian book launch was held in Toronto on 26 June during Pride week, at the event 'Sexuality Repression and the Law' in partnership with the Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights project led from York University, involving chapter authors speaking on Botswana and Canada (videos by Prof. Nancy Nicol of Matthew Waites' opening presentation and all speakers: Part 1 http://vimeo.com/70217990 ; Part 2 http://vimeo.com/70371903 ; Part 3 http://vimeo.com/70417403). Further invited speaking engagements in Canada included at Department of Political Science, University of Guelph; on 'Sex City' on radio station CIUT; and at the Glad Day LGBTQ bookstore, Toronto. More recently the book's concluding comparative analysis was presented at the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society bi-annual conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the UK I have engaged in discussion with UK government Minister Lynne Featherstone MP from Department for International Development, and Alistair Stewart, Assistant Director of Kaleidoscope Trust, at a fringe meeting of the Liberal Democrat Party conference on 'LGBT Rights Abroad and in the Commonwealth' - making suggestions about how to change the politics of LGBT human rights in the Commonwealth by bringing voices from the global South to the fore, as the book argues. Academic dissemination in the UK has included a paper at the British Sociological Association conference, an invited keynote for the BSA Postgraduate Forum, and an invited presentation commencing the University of Edinburgh's Sociology Seminar Series 2013/14. Contributing to Policy Scotland (video), I have discussed policy implications of the book internationally. The book's Scottish launch was held at the event 'The Family, Sexuality and Human Rights in Global Perspective', hosted by Glasgow Human Rights Network and Gender and Sexualities Forum at University of Glasgow.

Research on human rights in the Commonwealth developed from work concerning India. In January 2008 I was an invited faculty member lecturing at the Sexuality and Rights Alumni Institute, an advanced forum for sexual and reproductive rights practitioners from across India, organised in Khandala (near Pune) by CREA (Creating Resources for Empowerment Action) and TARSHI (Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues). From this an analysis was developed of the groundbreaking 2009 Delhi High Court ruling which decriminalised adult same-sex sexual behaviour: 'Human Rights, sexual orientation and the generation of childhoods: analysing the partial decriminalisation of "unnatural offences" in India' (International Journal of Human Rights, Vol.14, no.6, November 2010). Following the Supreme Court's reversal of this decision on 11 Dec 2013, to oppose this I have been engaging with mainstream media in India and internationally, for example being quoted in The Times of India and the Wall Street Journal's live blog (12 December): 'India was one of very few examples of states having decriminalized same-sex behavior in the global south. It was a beacon. [...] Section 377 is a legacy of British colonialism'. Simultaneously I am participating in transnational activism via social media such as Twitter, in new ways partly made possible by the free online availability of the Commonwealth book; for example on the Global Day of Rage against Section 377 on 15th December 2013, links to this resource and others (videos, press and journal articles etc) were directly offered to queer activists in India and internationally, via assistance from groups including 377 Global Day of Rage (@377gdr), Genderlog (@genderlogindia) and Delhiqueerpride (@delhiqueerpride), and BritishAsianLGBTI (@BritishAsianLGB). This is exciting because the book is not only a source of comparative evidence, it is also a medium for sharing sociology itself, social movement theories and the sociology of human rights, and the critical theories of Foucault and Gramsci.

Relatedly over recent years I have been developing research on the sociology of human rights, associated with launching the British Sociological Association's Sociology of Rights Study Group, as Co-Convenor 2009-2014 (with Patricia Hynes, Michele Lamb and Damien Short). This work contributed to the institutionalisation of the sociology of rights through creation of a BSA conference stream addressing rights, a BSA Sociology of Rights study group wiki-website, co-organisation of workshops and co-editing of three special issues of journals: Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements, special issue of International Journal of Human Rights in November 2010 (also published as a Routledge book, 2011); The Sociology of Human Rights, special issue of Sociology, October 2012; and New Directions in the Sociology of Human Rights, special issue of International Journal of Human Rights in 2012 (also published as a Routledge book, 2013; see 'Publications'). I have also contributed to British sociology on the Editorial Board of Sociology, journal of the British Sociological Assocation (2007-9), for example by proposing the expansion of the International Advisory Board to achieve improved global representation, especially from the global South. I am one of four founding members on the steering group of Glasgow Human Rights Network; and Associate of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at University of Glasgow.

An earlier book The Age of Consent: Young People, Sexuality and Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) has been cited in law reform debates in Canada as well as debated in the UK press, with earlier articles on this theme fed into a Home Office review of sex offences and appearing to influence the form of laws in England and Wales (cf. Chapter 8). Its proposals remain relevant to consider in current UK age of consent debates. The book was discussed by Professor Judith Butler in a Keynote Lecture at the Judith Butler Symposium (video) in Columbia Law School, New York, on 5 March 2010.

Developing future research will focus on deepening analysis of the global queer politics of human rights through further development of themes and theories in the sociology of human rights for that purpose.

This research agenda engages with the University of Glasgow's research aims focused on international excellence, and the internationalisation strategy. In particular there are opportunities for collaboration, for example as Postgraduate Research Convenor for Sociology I am conscious of these for PhD supervision (see 'Supervision'), via the Universitas 21 network of research universities of which University of Glasgow is a member; University of Glasgow is also a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

My work also contributes to research on LGBT and queer people's experiences in Scotland, for example through PhD supervision on issues such as transgender experience or LGBT psychological wellbeing and online experience in Scotland (see 'Supervision'); and by co-hosting and co-organising the second one-day seminar in the Economic and Social Research Council 'LGBT Lives' Seminar Series in Scotland, on the theme 'Place/Space - Global Local' (University of Glasgow, 12 May 2009, co-organised with Ian Rivers, Richard Ward, Kelly Kollman and Jeff Meek). I am a member of the Gender and Sexualities Forum for staff and postgraduate students based in School of Social and Political Sciences, and also participate in the Colonial and Postcolonial Discussion Group.

Media

Please direct media enquiries initially to University of Glasgow Media Relations (tel. 0141 330 3535; media@glasgow.ac.uk).

  • Interviews include: BBC Radio 4 'The World at One' with Martha Kearney discussing Tom Daley, coming out and sexual or romantic identities (4 Dec 2013); CIUT radio station, 'Sex City', Toronto, Canada, discussing LGBT rights in the Commonwealth (25 June 2013); BBC Radio 5 Live interview with Kate Silverton discussing homophobia and hate crime (1 November 2009); Gaydio on LGBT Human rights in the Commonwealth (16 July 2014);  BBC Commonwealth Voices Radio (21 July 2014).
  • Authored newspaper articles include: The Herald, on Nelson Mandela's role in gay liberation (7 Dec 2013); The Independent; New Law Journal.
  • Quoted from interview by Wall Street Journal in 'India "Was a Beacon" for Gay Rights, Till Today' following India's Supreme Court ruling to re-criminalise same-sex acts as 'unnatural offences' (12 Dec 2013). Also quoted and discussed on this ruling on 12 December by The Times of India; Zee news; Sahara Samay; Business Standard; and World Latest News.
  • Quotation/discussion in newspapers including: The Scotsman, The Daily Telegraph, The West Australian, The Scottish Sunday Mirror.
  • Quoted in SCOTSGAY article 'LGBT People of the Commonwealth' March 2014, for Glasgow Human Rights Network, announcing international LGBT human rights conference on 18 July at University of Glasgow, for Commonwealth Games.
  • Quoted in National Children’s Bureau journal Children and Young People Now.
  • Quoted and discussed on websites including The Sociological Cinema and Britske Lisky (in Czech Republic; 12 Dec 2013).

Postgraduate Research Convenor, Sociology

I am responsible for receiving initial enquiries for PhD and MPhil research degrees in Sociology and Anthropology, please feel welcome to contact me via email or phone (above) if you are interested in discussing possible supervision or an application. All prospective applicants, please first read postgraduate research information on the Sociology website. See further information and links in the 'Supervision' section of my site, including links to current PhD student websites and Graduate School (tab above).

Recent and forthcoming conference and seminar presentations, and public speaking events

17/18 January 2014: 'The Same-Sex Marriage effect in human rights politics in the Commonwealth', invited presentation at seminar From Civil Partnership to Gay Marriage 2004-2014: Interdisciplinary Reflections, co-hosted by Birkbeck Institute for Gender and Sexuality/Birkbeck School of Law/Kent Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Law. Birkbeck, University of London.

23 January 2014, 5.00-8.00pm: 'The Family, Sexuality and Human Rights in Global Perspective'. Joint book launch at University of Glasgow hosted by Glasgow Human Rights Network and Gender and Sexualities Forum, chaired by Vikki Turbine (Politics) with three speakers from School of Social and Political Sciences: Kelly Kollman, Politics (The Same-Sex Unions Revolution in Western Democracies); Roona Simpson, Sociology (Living Alone: Globalization, Identity and Belonging, co-authored with Lynn Jamieson); and Matthew Waites (Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change, co-edited by Corinne Lennox). Facebook site for this event.

11 February 2014, 5.00-6.30pm: 'International comparative perspectives on Russia' at 'LGBT equality and the geopolitics of human rights: insights from Russia', seminar of Gender and Sexualities Forum in association with Central and East European Studies and Glasgow Human Rights Network, University of Glasgow.

7 March, 12.00am-1.30pm Protest - LGBT Human Rights in Uganda and Nigeria, The Mound Precinct, Edinburgh - organised by Equality Network. Facebook event. Video - A Message From Scotland to LGBT People in Nigeria and Uganda.

12 March 7.30pm GULGBTQ+ student society, campaigns event - panel on international LGBTQ+ rights, Committee Room 1, Queen Margaret Union, University of Glasgow. Further speakers from UNITY including UNITY LGBT group and asylum seekers from Pakistan and Nigeria.

4 April 2014 Invited paper 'Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth and Global Queer Politics', seminar 'The Global Politics of LGBT Rights, Rules and Responses', Centre for Global Constitutionalism, School of International Relations/Department of Philosophy, University of St Andrews.

28-30 May Orientations and Identities: Sexuality and Human Rights on the Global Stage - workshop (invitation only), Los Angeles, USA. Co-sponsored by Program on Global Health and Human Rights, Institute for Global Health, University of Southern California (USA); La Trobe University (Australia); Williams Institute, University of California Los Angeles (USA); and Occidental College (USA).

5 June 2014: Invited Opening Keynote 'The New Transnational Politics of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Decriminalisation and Human Rights', Sexual Causes: Sexuality and Collective Mobilization, International Symposium, Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langues Francaise (AISLF) GTO7, Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland.

12 June 2014, 6.00-8.30pm Invited talk 'A Backlash Against Human Rights? Analysing Recent Developments Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity', hosted by Research Group for Law, Gender and Sexuality, Law, Boardroom, First Floor, University of Westminster.Facebook event.

13 June 2014: Invited Keynote 'The New Transnational Politics of LGBT Human Rights: Critical South/North Reorientations’, seminar Campaigning for Change: Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities, Cultural Significance of Place Interdisciplinary Research Group, University of Newcastle, 12.30-5.00pm.

18 July 2014 LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth conference, University of Glasgow. To coincide with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, I am co-organising this event with Equality Network, Scotland's leading LGBT equality and human rights organisation, as a steering group member representing Glasgow Human Rights Network, together with other partners including Kaleidoscope Trust , Pride Glasgow, Dr. Barbara Bompani, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi , Frank Mugisha of Sexual Minorities Uganda. The conference will be held in Sir Charles Wilson Building at University of Glasgow in the days preceding Pride Glasgow (19 July) and the Commonwealth Games (23rd July-3rd August). Register via Equality Network website (click here). Introduction in Glasgow Sociology Blog post 'LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth - A Public Engagement'. Conference updates via Twitter @MatthewWaites , conference hashtag #lgbtihrc , see also #UoGCommonwealth.

For past papers and presentations, see 'Additional Information'.

Selected publications | View all publications

Lennox, C. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2013) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change. School of Advanced Study, University of London, London. ISBN 9780957354883

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2012) The Sociology of Human Rights. Series: Sociology. Sage, London, UK. ISBN 0038-0385

Waites, M. (2005) The Age of Consent: Young People, Sexuality, and Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9781403921734

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2014

Waites, Matthew (2014) The Commonwealth can play a role in the worldwide struggle for LGBTI human rights. Conversation (Online) .

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2014) New Directions in the Sociology of Human Rights. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415843638

2013

Lennox, C., and Waites, M. (2013) Comparative analysis of decriminalisation and change in the commonwealth: understanding contexts and discerning strategies. In: Lennox, C. and Waites, M. (eds.) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth. Human Rights Consortium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, UK, pp. 507-547. ISBN 9780957354883

Lennox, C., and Waites, M. (2013) Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in the commonwealth: from history and law to developing activism and transnational dialogues. In: Lennox, C. and Waites, M. (eds.) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth. Human Rights Consortium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, UK, pp. 1-59. ISBN 9780957354883

Lennox, C. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2013) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change. School of Advanced Study, University of London, London. ISBN 9780957354883

Waites, M. (2013) United Kingdom: confronting criminal histories and theorising decriminalisation as citizenship and governmentality. In: Lennox, C. and Waites, M. (eds.) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth. Human Rights Consortium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, UK, pp. 145-181. ISBN 9780957354883

2012

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2012) New Directions in the Sociology of Human Rights. Series: International Journal of Human Rights. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 1364-2987

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D., and Waites, M. (2012) Special issue: new directions in the sociology of human rights: foreward. International Journal of Human Rights, 16 (8). pp. 1123-1126. ISSN 1364-2987 (doi:10.1080/13642987.2012.738085#.UoNNx_m-1Pk)

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2012) The Sociology of Human Rights. Series: Sociology. Sage, London, UK. ISBN 0038-0385

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D., and Waites, M. (2012) Editorial foreword. Sociology, 46 (5). pp. 787-796. ISSN 0038-0385 (doi:10.1177/0038038512455996)

2011

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2011) Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415617970

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D., and Waites, M. (2011) Sociology and human rights: confrontations, evasions and new engagements. In: Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M. (eds.) Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 1-22. ISBN 9780415617970

Kollman, K., and Waites, M. (2011) United Kingdom: changing political opportunity structures, policy success and continuing challenges for lesbian, gay and bisexual movements. In: Tremblay, M., Paternotte, D. and Johnson, C. (eds.) The Lesbian and Gay Movement and the State: Comparative Insights into a Transformed Relationship. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 181-196. ISBN 9781409410669

Waites, M. (2011) Human rights, sexual orientation and the generation of childhoods: analysing the partial decriminalisation of 'unnatural offences' in India. In: Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 161-183. ISBN 9780415617970

Waites, M. (2011) Sexual politics. In: Ritzer, G. and Ryan, J.M. (eds.) The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK. ISBN 9781405183529

2010

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2010) Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements. Series: International Journal of Human Rights. Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 1364-2987

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D., and Waites, M. (2010) Sociology and human rights: confrontations, evasions and new engagements. International Journal of Human Rights, 14 (6). pp. 811-832. ISSN 1364-2987 (doi:10.1080/13642987.2010.512125)

Waites, M. (2010) Human rights, sexual orientation and the generation of childhoods: analysing the partial decriminalisation of 'unnatural offences' in India. International Journal of Human Rights, 14 (6). pp. 971-993. ISSN 1364-2987 (doi:10.1080/13642987.2010.512142)

Waites, M. (2010) Jeffrey Weeks and the history of sexuality. History Workshop Journal, 69 (1). pp. 258-266. ISSN 1363-3554 (doi:10.1093/hwj/dbq005)

2009

Kollman, K. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2009) The Global Politics of LGBT Human Rights, Special Issue. Taylor & Francis, Abingdon.

Kollman, K., and Waites, M. (2009) The global politics of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights: an introduction. Contemporary Politics, 15 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1356-9775 (doi:10.1080/13569770802674188)

Waites, M. (2009) Critique of 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' in human rights discourse: global queer politics beyond the Yogyakarta Principles. Contemporary Politics , 15 (1). pp. 137-156. ISSN 1356-9775 (doi:10.1080/13569770802709604)

Waites, M. (2009) Lesbian, gay and bisexual NGOs in Britain: past, present and future. In: Crowson, N.J., Hilton, M. and McKay, J. (eds.) NGOs in Contemporary Britain: Non-State Actors in Society and Politics since 1945. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 95-112. ISBN 9780230221093

2008

Waites, M. (2008) Analysing sexualities in the shadow of war: Islam in Iran, the West and the work of reimagining human rights. Sexualities, 11 (1-2). pp. 64-73. ISSN 1363-4607 (doi:10.1177/13634607080110010210)

Waites, M. (2008) Gay and lesbian movement. In: Sears, J.T. (ed.) The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship & Sexuality Through History. Greenwood Press, Westport, USA, pp. 99-103. ISBN 9780313333590

2007

Waites, M (2007) Sexual orientation and human rights. Culture Health and Sexuality, 9 . S11-S11. ISSN 1369-1058

2006

Waites, M. (2006) Sexual politics. In: Ritzer, G. (ed.) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, MA, USA. ISBN 9781405124331

2005

Waites, M (2005) The Fixity of Sexual Identities in the Public Sphere: Biomedical Knowledge, Liberalism and the Heterosexual/Homosexual Binary in Late Modernity. Sexualities, 8 (5). pp. 539-569. ISSN 1363-4607

Waites, M. (2005) The Age of Consent: Young People, Sexuality, and Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9781403921734

2004

Waites, M. (2004) The age of consent and sexual consent. In: Cowling, M. and Reynolds, P. (eds.) Making Sense of Sexual Consent. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK, pp. 73-92. ISBN 9780754636878

2003

Weeks, J., Holland, J. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2003) Sexualities and Society: A Reader. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745622484

Waites, M (2003) Equality at Last? Homosexuality, Heterosexuality and the Age of Consent in the United Kingdom. Sociology, 37 (4). pp. 637-655. ISSN 0038-0385

Weeks, J., Holland, J., and Waites, M. (2003) Understanding sexualities and society. In: Weeks, J., Holland, J. and Waites, M. (eds.) Sexualities and Society: A Reader. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 1-10. ISBN 9780745622484

2002

Waites, M (2002) Inventing a 'Lesbian Age of Consent'? The History of the Minimum Age for Sex between Women in the UK. Social and Legal Studies, 11 (3). pp. 323-342. ISSN 0964-6639

2001

Waites, M (2001) Regulation of Sexuality: Age of Consent, Section 28 and Sex Education. Parliamentary Affairs, 54 (3). pp. 495-508. ISSN 0031-2290

2000

Waites, M. (2000) Homosexuality and the new right: the legacy of the 1980s for new delineations of homophobia. Sociological Research Online, 5 (1). ISSN 1360-7804

1999

Waites, M. (1999) The age of consent and sexual citizenship in the United Kingdom: a history. In: Seymour, J. and Bagguley, P. (eds.) Relating Intimacies: Power and Resistance. Series: Explorations in sociology (57). Macmillan, Houndmills, UK, pp. 91-117. ISBN 9780312221843

1998

Waites, M. (1998) Sexual citizens: legislating the age of consent in Britain. In: Carver, T. and Mottier, V. (eds.) Politics of Sexuality: Identity, Gender, Citizenship. Series: Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science . Routledge, London, UK, pp. 25-35. ISBN 9780415406734

1996

Waites, M. (1996) Lesbian and gay theory, sexuality and citizenship. Contemporary Politics, 2 (3). pp. 139-149. ISSN 1356-9775 (doi:10.1080/13569779608454743#.UoNOsvm-1Pk)

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Article

Waites, Matthew (2014) The Commonwealth can play a role in the worldwide struggle for LGBTI human rights. Conversation (Online) .

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D., and Waites, M. (2012) Special issue: new directions in the sociology of human rights: foreward. International Journal of Human Rights, 16 (8). pp. 1123-1126. ISSN 1364-2987 (doi:10.1080/13642987.2012.738085#.UoNNx_m-1Pk)

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D., and Waites, M. (2012) Editorial foreword. Sociology, 46 (5). pp. 787-796. ISSN 0038-0385 (doi:10.1177/0038038512455996)

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D., and Waites, M. (2010) Sociology and human rights: confrontations, evasions and new engagements. International Journal of Human Rights, 14 (6). pp. 811-832. ISSN 1364-2987 (doi:10.1080/13642987.2010.512125)

Waites, M. (2010) Human rights, sexual orientation and the generation of childhoods: analysing the partial decriminalisation of 'unnatural offences' in India. International Journal of Human Rights, 14 (6). pp. 971-993. ISSN 1364-2987 (doi:10.1080/13642987.2010.512142)

Waites, M. (2010) Jeffrey Weeks and the history of sexuality. History Workshop Journal, 69 (1). pp. 258-266. ISSN 1363-3554 (doi:10.1093/hwj/dbq005)

Kollman, K., and Waites, M. (2009) The global politics of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights: an introduction. Contemporary Politics, 15 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1356-9775 (doi:10.1080/13569770802674188)

Waites, M. (2009) Critique of 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' in human rights discourse: global queer politics beyond the Yogyakarta Principles. Contemporary Politics , 15 (1). pp. 137-156. ISSN 1356-9775 (doi:10.1080/13569770802709604)

Waites, M. (2008) Analysing sexualities in the shadow of war: Islam in Iran, the West and the work of reimagining human rights. Sexualities, 11 (1-2). pp. 64-73. ISSN 1363-4607 (doi:10.1177/13634607080110010210)

Waites, M (2007) Sexual orientation and human rights. Culture Health and Sexuality, 9 . S11-S11. ISSN 1369-1058

Waites, M (2005) The Fixity of Sexual Identities in the Public Sphere: Biomedical Knowledge, Liberalism and the Heterosexual/Homosexual Binary in Late Modernity. Sexualities, 8 (5). pp. 539-569. ISSN 1363-4607

Waites, M (2003) Equality at Last? Homosexuality, Heterosexuality and the Age of Consent in the United Kingdom. Sociology, 37 (4). pp. 637-655. ISSN 0038-0385

Waites, M (2002) Inventing a 'Lesbian Age of Consent'? The History of the Minimum Age for Sex between Women in the UK. Social and Legal Studies, 11 (3). pp. 323-342. ISSN 0964-6639

Waites, M (2001) Regulation of Sexuality: Age of Consent, Section 28 and Sex Education. Parliamentary Affairs, 54 (3). pp. 495-508. ISSN 0031-2290

Waites, M. (2000) Homosexuality and the new right: the legacy of the 1980s for new delineations of homophobia. Sociological Research Online, 5 (1). ISSN 1360-7804

Waites, M. (1996) Lesbian and gay theory, sexuality and citizenship. Contemporary Politics, 2 (3). pp. 139-149. ISSN 1356-9775 (doi:10.1080/13569779608454743#.UoNOsvm-1Pk)

Book

Waites, M. (2005) The Age of Consent: Young People, Sexuality, and Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9781403921734

Book Section

Lennox, C., and Waites, M. (2013) Comparative analysis of decriminalisation and change in the commonwealth: understanding contexts and discerning strategies. In: Lennox, C. and Waites, M. (eds.) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth. Human Rights Consortium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, UK, pp. 507-547. ISBN 9780957354883

Lennox, C., and Waites, M. (2013) Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in the commonwealth: from history and law to developing activism and transnational dialogues. In: Lennox, C. and Waites, M. (eds.) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth. Human Rights Consortium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, UK, pp. 1-59. ISBN 9780957354883

Waites, M. (2013) United Kingdom: confronting criminal histories and theorising decriminalisation as citizenship and governmentality. In: Lennox, C. and Waites, M. (eds.) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth. Human Rights Consortium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, UK, pp. 145-181. ISBN 9780957354883

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D., and Waites, M. (2011) Sociology and human rights: confrontations, evasions and new engagements. In: Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M. (eds.) Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 1-22. ISBN 9780415617970

Kollman, K., and Waites, M. (2011) United Kingdom: changing political opportunity structures, policy success and continuing challenges for lesbian, gay and bisexual movements. In: Tremblay, M., Paternotte, D. and Johnson, C. (eds.) The Lesbian and Gay Movement and the State: Comparative Insights into a Transformed Relationship. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 181-196. ISBN 9781409410669

Waites, M. (2011) Human rights, sexual orientation and the generation of childhoods: analysing the partial decriminalisation of 'unnatural offences' in India. In: Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 161-183. ISBN 9780415617970

Waites, M. (2011) Sexual politics. In: Ritzer, G. and Ryan, J.M. (eds.) The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK. ISBN 9781405183529

Waites, M. (2009) Lesbian, gay and bisexual NGOs in Britain: past, present and future. In: Crowson, N.J., Hilton, M. and McKay, J. (eds.) NGOs in Contemporary Britain: Non-State Actors in Society and Politics since 1945. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 95-112. ISBN 9780230221093

Waites, M. (2008) Gay and lesbian movement. In: Sears, J.T. (ed.) The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship & Sexuality Through History. Greenwood Press, Westport, USA, pp. 99-103. ISBN 9780313333590

Waites, M. (2006) Sexual politics. In: Ritzer, G. (ed.) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, MA, USA. ISBN 9781405124331

Waites, M. (2004) The age of consent and sexual consent. In: Cowling, M. and Reynolds, P. (eds.) Making Sense of Sexual Consent. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK, pp. 73-92. ISBN 9780754636878

Weeks, J., Holland, J., and Waites, M. (2003) Understanding sexualities and society. In: Weeks, J., Holland, J. and Waites, M. (eds.) Sexualities and Society: A Reader. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 1-10. ISBN 9780745622484

Waites, M. (1999) The age of consent and sexual citizenship in the United Kingdom: a history. In: Seymour, J. and Bagguley, P. (eds.) Relating Intimacies: Power and Resistance. Series: Explorations in sociology (57). Macmillan, Houndmills, UK, pp. 91-117. ISBN 9780312221843

Waites, M. (1998) Sexual citizens: legislating the age of consent in Britain. In: Carver, T. and Mottier, V. (eds.) Politics of Sexuality: Identity, Gender, Citizenship. Series: Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science . Routledge, London, UK, pp. 25-35. ISBN 9780415406734

Edited Book

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2014) New Directions in the Sociology of Human Rights. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415843638

Lennox, C. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2013) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change. School of Advanced Study, University of London, London. ISBN 9780957354883

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2012) New Directions in the Sociology of Human Rights. Series: International Journal of Human Rights. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 1364-2987

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2012) The Sociology of Human Rights. Series: Sociology. Sage, London, UK. ISBN 0038-0385

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2011) Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415617970

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2010) Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements. Series: International Journal of Human Rights. Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 1364-2987

Kollman, K. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2009) The Global Politics of LGBT Human Rights, Special Issue. Taylor & Francis, Abingdon.

Weeks, J., Holland, J. and Waites, M., (Eds.) (2003) Sexualities and Society: A Reader. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745622484

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'The Regulation of Sexuality: Autonomy, Protection and Consent', October 2001-August 2002. Research Grant £24,597 - South Bank University Research Development Fund (refereed).  The project analysed public and policy debates over the regulation of young people’s sexual behaviour surrounding the Home Office review of Sex Offences in England and Wales.

'LGBT Human Rights and Global Politics Conference',  2007. Grant £2000 - Chancellor's Fund, University of Glasgow (refereed). This project led to outputs including a journal special issue 'The Global Politics of Human Rights' co-edited by the conference organisers Kelly Kollman and Matthew Waites, in Contemporary Politics Vol. 15, no.1, March 2009.

Postgraduate Research Convenor, Sociology

Sociology PhD Student Away Day at Ross Priory, Loch Lomond, 14 February 2014Responsibility for 40 PhD students in Sociology subject area, including annual progress reviews. Formerly also Director of Postgraduate Research, School of Social and Political Sciences (2010-11).  

How to apply for a research degree in Sociology

Graduate School, College of Social Sciences - information on how to apply for PhD or MPhil, and funding opportunities.

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, Scotland - University of Glasgow Sociology Pathway representative.  http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk/pathways/sociology  http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/postgraduateresearch/researchcouncilsukrcuk/esrc/esrcdtcpathways/

PhD and MPhil supervision information 

I welcome approaches from individuals considering the possibility of a PhD or MPhil, who are seeking supervision. I have experience of supervision across a wide range of topics as indicated below, but particularly welcome applications related to my current research interests in sexuality, gender and/or human rights (see my research interests on 'Profile' page of this website).  There are numerous staff working on these themes with whom the required team of two supervisors can be formed; on LGBTIA/queer issues and in our Gender and Sexuality Forum these notably include Dr. Kelly Kollman (Head of Politics/Senior Lecturer in Politics); Dr. Francesa Stella (Sociology) and Dr. Matt Dawson (Sociology). 

The Universitas 21 global network of research universities, of which University of Glasgow is a member, includes several institutions in Commonwealth states and offers particular opportunities for joint or collaborative PhD supervision.

I will be glad to support suitable applicants for Commonwealth Scholarships to fund postgraduate research:          Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.   University of Glasgow is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

PhD examinations

  • External Examiner for Danny Beusch, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, 11th December 2008.  Queering Nazism of Nazi Queers?  A Sociological Study of an Online Gay Nazi Fetish Group.
  • External Examiner for Robert Rhodes-Kubiak, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, 7 June 2013. Activist citizens: Social movement theory, citizenship and the development of LGBT activism in Serbia.
  • Internal Examiner for Francesca Stella, Department of Central and Eastern European Studies, University of Glasgow, 11th November 2008.  Lesbian identities and everyday space in contemporary urban Russia.
  • Internal Examiner for Sarah Vernon, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, 13th January 2010.  The Private, The Public and The Pubic: Naked Power in Scotland. 

PhD successful completions

  • Christine Rivers Interrogating Pathology: An Exploration of Mental Distress and Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identity. 2006. London South Bank University. Second supervisor; Prof. Janet Holland Director of Studies, and Prof. Jeffrey Weeks.
  • Jen Birks Newspaper Campaigns, Publics and Politics. 2009. University of Glasgow. First supervisor Prof. Greg Philo; second supervisor M. Waites).  Funded by Economic and Social Research Council, UK.
  • Meghan Ferriter Changing the Game: Gender, Ethnicity and Age in Mediated Sport.  2011. University of Glasgow. First supervisor.
  • Christian Holz The Public Spheres of Climate Change Advocacy Networks: An Ethnography of Climate Change Action International within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 2012. University of Glasgow. First supervisor. Funded by Economic and Social Research Council, UK.
  • Carin Runciman, Mobilisation and Insurgent Citizenship of the Anti-Privatisation Forum in South Africa: An Ethnographic Study. 2012.  University of Glasgow. Second supervisor with Prof. Satnam Virdee. Funded by University of Glasgow Postgraduate Scholarship.
  • Lisa Curtice, Lessons for Inclusive Citizenship? Difference, Disability and Rights in the Lives of People with Learning Disabilities who have High Support Needs. 2010. University of Glasgow.  Second supervisor with Prof. N. Watson.

Current PhD and MPhil students

  • Sylvia Morgan, Ber-dashing the binary, dealing with difference: a study of transgender phenomena in Scotland.  First supervisor, part-time, from 2009.
  • Joseph Boyle, Human Rights and the End of Life Assistance Debate within the Scottish Context, selected for Economic and Social Research Council quota studentship by Sociology,  commenced September 2010. Second supervisor.   
  • Andria Christofidou Male Dancer Identity in the Twenty-First Century: Dragging with Stereotypes?  First supervisor, commenced September 2012.
  • René Wolfstellar, The Order of Human Rights. Second supervisor (with Prof. Chris Thornhill), commenced September 2012.
  • Lyle Christine Processes of Recovery from Problem Gambling: A Qualitative Exploration, PhD commenced Oct 2010, second supervisor from Nov. 2012. MPhil.  Funded by Responsible Gambling Trust.

For information on PhD students see: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/research/currentpgrs/

A number of PhD students who I supervise participate in the Gender and Sexualities Forum for staff and postgraduate students.

Andria Christofidou has led a Sexuality & Gender Reading Group for PhD students, in which other students I supervise also participate, providing an informal environment to share and discuss ideas. For information contact  A.Christofidou.1@research.gla.ac.uk .

René Wolfstellar participates in the postgraduate cluster of Glasgow Human Rights Network (for which I am a founder and on the steering committee): http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/glasgowhumanrightsnetwork/researchclusters/

Graduation 30th June 2014 with Sociology Honours Graduates

Postgraduate

  • Postgraduate Taught Programme Convenor: MSc Equality and Human Rights; MRes Equality and Human Rights; MRes Sociology and Research Methods; MSc Sociology.
  • Equality and Human Rights, SOCIO5010. Semester 1. Course Coordinator & lectures.
  • Sexualities and Society, SOCIO5025.  Semester 2. Course Coordinator.  [Not available 2014-15].

Undergraduate

  • Global Civil Society and Human Rights (Honours). SOCIO4014.  Course Coordinator. [Not available 2014-15]
  • Sexualities (Honours). SOCIO4023.  Course Coordinator.
  • Dissertation in Sociology and/or Anthropology (Honours). SOCIO4008P. Supervisor.
  • Sociology 2B (level 2). Lectures on gender and sexualities.

Course specifications can be found in the Course Catalogue: 
http://www.gla.ac.uk/coursecatalogue/courselist/?code=SOCIO&name=Sociology

Previous Experience

Course Convenor, Level 1 Sociology and Anthropology. 

Esteem

Education

  • PhD, 1999 South Bank University, London (ESRC studentship).
  • MA Culture and Society, with Distinction, 1995. Department of Sociology, University of Essex (ESRC Studentship).                     
  • BSc. Hons. Politics, First Class, 1994. Department of Politics, University of Bristol.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Sheffield Hallam University, 2003.

Invited Papers and Presentations

  • Analysing Age of Consent Debates: Comparative Perspectives and Transnational Dynamics, British Sociological Association Youth Study Group, Youth Sexualities conference, hosted by Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexuality, University of Durham, 18 October 2013.  
  • Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Comparative Analysis with Insights from Sociology and the Global South, Sociology seminar series, University of Edinburgh, 25th September 2013.
  • LGBT Rights Abroad and in the Commonwealth, meeting jointly organised by Liberal Youth and LGBT+ Liberal Democrats at Liberal Democrats party autumn conference, SECC, Glasgow, with speakers including Lynne Featherstone, Minister at Department for International Development, and Alistair Stewart, Kaleidoscope Trust. 16 September 2013. 
  • Global Gay Liberation and Queer Politics Now! Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth, hosted by Human Sexualities Research Group and Prof. Carol Dauda, Dept. of Political Science, University of Guelph, Canada, 27 June 2013.
  • Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change, opening address for international book launch, at seminar 'Sexuality, Repression and the Law', hosted by Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights, Toronto, Canada, 26 June 2013 (videos by Prof. Nancy Nicol/Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights: Part 1 http://vimeo.com/70217990 ; Part 2 http://vimeo.com/70371903 ; Part 3 http://vimeo.com/70417403).
  • Academics, Movements, NGOs and Publics: Critical Dialogues in LGBT and Queer Politics, Recognising Diversity? Gender and Sexual Equalities in Principle and Practice, Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Leeds. 20 June 2013. 
  • Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth: Developing a Post-colonial Political Analysis of Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change, Glasgow Colonial and Postcolonial Discussion Group, University of Glasgow, 14 May 2013.    
  • Sexual Politics Goes Global: New Agendas in Transnational Analysis, Invited Keynote, British Sociological Association Postgraduate Forum, British Sociological Association conference, London, 2 April 2013.
  • Decriminalisation of Same-Sex Sexual Acts and the Implications for Children and Young People in Commonwealth States in Asia, at LGBT Rights in the Commonwealth: historical legacies and contemporary reforms conference, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, London, 17 January 2011.  
  • Career Biography and Research, British Sociological Association Postgraduate Forum, British Sociological Association conference, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, 6 April 2010.
  • The Global Politics of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights, Edinburgh Humanist Group, Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh, 1 February 2010.
  • Humanism and Human Rights, invited after dinner speech at the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) annual weekend conference, Newcastle, 5th September 2009 (Report 'Humanism and LGBT Human rights' in GALHA NEWS).
  • The Global Politics of 'Sexual Orientation', 'Gender Identity' and Human Rights: Homonationalism and LGBT Critical Cosmopolitanism, opening keynote at ESRC Seminar Series 'LGBT Lives', Seminar 2 'Place/Space-Global/Local', University of Glasgow, 12 May 2009.
  • Challenging Disciplinary Politics, Imagining Radical Pluralism at Making History Personal: Celebrating the Work and Contribution of Professor Jeffrey Weeks, The Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life, Department of Sociology, University of Manchester, 28 November 2008.
  • The Age of Consent and Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights, as Invited Faculty Member of the Sexuality and Rights Alumni Institute 2008, organised by CREA (Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action) and TARSHI (Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues), Northpoint Centre of Learning, Khandala, India, 25-29 January 2008.
  • Critique of "Sexual Orientation" and "Gender Identity" in Global LGBT Human Rights Discourse: The Exclusions of Global Civil Society, Sociology Seminar Series, Unversity of Newcastle, 16 January 2008.
  • Bisexuality, 'Sexual Orientation' and Human Rights: The Global Politics of Sexual Identities, Critical Sexology Seminar Series: International Approaches to Bisexuality, London South Bank University, 7 November 2007.
  • The Age of Consent: the Future of Research, Debates and Politics, Children and Young People Research Group Seminar, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Open University, 17 November 2007.
  • Should the Age of Consent be Lowered? Young People, Sexual Citizenship and the Case for "Age-Span" Provisions, School of Sport and Education Seminar Series, Brunel University, Friday 9th March 2007.
  • A Proposal for Reform of the Age of Consent, invited paper for the Department of Sociology seminar series, University of Nottingham, 29 November 2006.
  • The Fixity of Sexual Identities in Global Civil Society, Global Queeries: Sexualities, Globalities, Postcolonialities, Invited Plenary Paper Presentation, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, 10-13 May 2006.
  • The Fixity of Sexual Identities in the Public Sphere: Liberalism, Biomedical Knowledge and the Heterosexual/Homosexual Binary in Late Modernity, Department of Sociology Seminar Series, University of Surrey, April 2006.
  • Reconceptualising the Age of Consent: An Argument for Change.  ESRC Gender, Sexuality and Law:  Theory and Practice workshop series 'Sex in Criminal Justice' workshop, 18-19 March 2005, University of Westminster, London.
  • Narratives of Fixed Sexual Identity in the Public Sphere.  Invited paper for University of East London's Centre for Narrative Research, Narrative workshop VII, 'Narratives of/on Sexuality' at King's College, Cambridge, 28 October 2004.
  • Age of Consent Laws in the UK: Sexuality, Competence and Citizenship.  Invited paper to ESRC Beyond Boundaries: Borders, Bodies and Bonds seminar series, seminar 3: Child Labour and Child Prostitution.  University of Nottigham, 18 April 2002.

Further International and UK Conference Papers and Presentations (from 2007)

  • Human rights, sexual orientation, gender identity and the Commonwealth, International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society conference 'Sex and the Marketplace: What's love got to do with it?', University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 30 August 2013. 
  • Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth - Learning from the Global South, opening address, UK book launch of Human Rights Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change, hosted at Senate House by Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London, London. 5 July 2013.  Video: http://www.sas.ac.uk/videos-and-podcasts/politics-development-human-rights/human-rights-sexual-orientation-gender-identit.
  • Global Comparative Analysis of Struggles over Human Rights Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity :  Insights from Commonwealth States in the Global South, Rights, Violence and Crime stream, Engaging Sociology - British Sociological Association conference, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, 5 April 2013.
  • Introducing The Sociology of Human Rights, The Sociology of Human Rights Special Issue of Sociology Launch, School of Advanced Study, Senate House, London, 2 November 2012.
  • The Politics of Decriminalisation of Same-Sex Sexualities in the Commonwealth: Findings from a Comparative Analysis of Struggles for Human Rights in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Queer Sexualities, Nationalism and Racism in the New Europe conference, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University, London, 19 October 2012.
  • Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights: Post-Colonial Duties and Responsibilities in the Commonwealth, Protecting Human Rights: Duties and Responsibilities of States and Non-State Actors, International Political Science Association Human Rights Research Committee/American Political Science Association Human Rights Section/International Studies Association Human Rights Section/Glasgow Human Rights Network conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, 18-19 June 2012.
  • Global Queer Politics and Human Rights: Towards a More Sociological Analysis, Law, Crime and Rights stream, Sociology in an Age of Austerity - British Sociological Association conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, 11 April 2012.
  • Human Rights and Sexual Nationalisms, Law Crime and Rights stream, 60 Years of Sociology - British Sociological Association Conference, London School of Economics, London, 6-8 April 2011.
  • Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and the Generation of Childhoods: Analysing the Partial Decriminalisation of Same-Sex Sexualities in India, at Sexual Nationalisms: Gender, Sexuality and the Politics of Belonging in the New Europe, international conference, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 27-28 January 2011.
  • The Sociology of Rights and the Decriminalisation of Same-Sex Sexual Acts in India: Whose Voices Against 377?, BSA Sociology of Rights Study Group panel session,  British Sociological Association Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, 9 April 2010.
  • Analysing Rights, Gender and Sexuality in Russia and India – What can Politics and Sociology each Contribute? with Vikki Turbine, BSA Sociology of Rights Study Group panel session British Sociological Association Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, 9 April 2010. 
  • Human Rights and the Decriminalization of Same-Sex Sexual Behaviour in India, BSA Sociology of Rights Study Group Human Rights Workshop, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, 30 October 2009.
  • Homocosmopolitanism: Beyond the queer critique of Homonationalism to analysis of Homocosmopolitanism in Global Politics and Sociology, British Sociological Association conference, University of Cardiff, 16-18 April 2009.
  • The Sexual Politics of Iran and Human Rights in the Shadow of War’, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference, Stirling, 7-8 December 2008.
  • The Global Politics of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights,  Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences seminar series, University of Glasgow, 12 March 2008.
  • “Sexual Orientation” and “Gender Identity”: Problematic Categories in Human Rights Discourse, The Global Politics of LGBT Human Rights conference (organised by K.Kollman and M.Waites), University of Glasgow, 16 November 2007. 
  • “Sexual Orientation”, “Gender Identity” and Human Rights, European Sociological Association Conference ‘Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society’, Glasgow Caledonian University and University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 3-6 September 2007.
  • Equality and Human Rights, Gender and Sexual Orientation, Gender Unbound: An International Conference, AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, University of Keele, 9-11 July 2007. 
  • Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual NGOs in Britain: Past, Present and Future, NGO: Non-Governmental Organisations and Politics in Contemporary Britain, organised by DANGO: Database of Archives of Non-Governmental Organisations, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 5-6 July 2007.
  • “Sexual Orientation” and Human Rights, at Dis/organised Pleasures: Changing Bodies, Rights and Cultures, International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS), Lima, Peru, 27-29 June 2007.
  • Sexual Orientation, Human Rights and Global Politics, Political Studies Association Conference, University of Bath, Bath, 11-13 April 2007.