Collective for Gender+ in Research

Recent News:

The Collective recently completed recruitment for the third cohort of our Gender+ in Research Engagementship Opportunity!! This is a five-part project in which multiple cohorts will be asked to investigate data justice and community-based research principles and practices. The first two cohorts completed their work with us over the Summer and the Fall term of 2020, and a third cohort is now advancing their work in preparing a community ‘starting guide’ for organizations interested in engaging with the principles of data justice in their data collection projects in their communities.


As we move through the various stages of COVID-19 and its effects on individuals, communities, and societies, the Collective is considering how to launch a newly themed set of teach-ins beginning in the Fall. If you have ideas you’d like to share with us, please email us at We’d love to hear from you! Our previous teach-in topics and events can be found below under “Collective Past Events”.

The Collective for Gender+ in Research works to promote a community for rich dialogue in which gender and other identity intersections, including race, class, sexuality and ability, are considered when conducting community-engaged research. The Collective focuses on capacity building and providing the tools researchers need to utilize a gender+ lens.

Cohort #1: In July 2020, the Collective launched a research engagementship opportunity to bring together a team of students who will investigate the ways in which citizen science can be used by and for communities to collect data for their own benefit. This engagementship will result in a presentation, research brief, and a resource guide for community organizations to utilize as they consider employing citizen science in their work. Further information about this engagementship opportunity can be found here.

Cohort #2: In September 2020, the Collective proceeded with recruiting for the second cohort of our research engagementship opportunity focused on data justice, citizen science and community-based research. Further information about this engagementship can be found here.

Cohort #3: In January 2021, the engagementship cohort began their work advancing a community guide for organizations to utilize in embedding principles of data justice in community-engaged research. Further information about this engagementship can be found here and we will continue to update as we move through the phases of this project.

How do we facilitate a research culture in which gender and other intersections (+) are part of the research process from its beginning?

What are the tools necessary to facilitate the integration of gender+ into our research questions and throughout the research process?

What are some of the barriers for graduate students and research faculty in seeking to undertake research with gender+ considerations in mind?

The Collective for Gender+ in Research is based out of UBC Arts’ ORICE (Office for Regional and International Community Engagement), with leadership from Helina Jolly (PhD Candidate, IRES) and Tamara Baldwin (Director, ORICE). The collective emerged out of conversations and meet-ups within UBC’s Women Deliver 2019 mobilizations, and builds on networks and connections from that initiative. Students from all faculties and disciplines are welcome.

In addition to Helina Jolly and Tamara Baldwin, Gaylean Davies is a core member of the Collective.

Our collective seeks to interrogate the motivations for research, and focus on community engagement as a research tool. Gender fragments but also creates community, and is performed, resisted and reproduced in social relations. Research in community always encounters gender. Our collective seeks to develop a network that works to articulate methods and tools to consider these gendered dynamics inherent to working and researching in community. These considerations bring together theoretical and practical considerations towards gathering knowledge that promotes gender justice.

  1. Fostering dialogue towards a culture that (re)frames research questions through gender+
  2. Creating an environment and network to support researchers in our community to bring gender+ into their research from the beginning research question-generation stages, "gendering" research throughout; gender mainstreaming
  3. Developing a framework and resources to support gender+ lensing
  4. Promoting the integration of intersectionality as an analytical framework into gender research, highlighting how gender is entangled with race, class, Indigeneity, ability, nationality and other relations.

Status of Women Canada refers to Gender Based Analysis Plus as : “GBA+ is an analytical process used to assess how diverse groups of women, men and non-binary people may experience policies, programs and initiatives. The “plus” in GBA+ acknowledges that GBA goes beyond biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) differences. We all have multiple identity factors that intersect to make us who we are; GBA+ also considers many other identity factors, like race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability.” 

María Bustelo describes gender+ as : “The term “gender +” is used to include an intersectionality perspective, that is, a recognition that gender is intersected by other inequalities, such as ethnicity, class, age, disability, and sexual orientation.” (Bustelo, 2016)

We expand on this policy and research analysis tool, drawing on these definitions to ask intersectional,[1] gender-sensitive research process questions such as :

  • Are research questions formulated to be gender+-sensitive?
  • Are methodologies sensitive to gender+ factors? 
  • Is data collection sensitive to the gender+ identities of participants? 
  • Are gender+ factors considered while analyzing data? 
  • How can gender+ factors be considered in the ways data is reported and distributed?

[1] We acknowledge, in particular, the contributions of Black Feminists such as Kimberlé Crenshaw and Patricia Hill Collins towards a theory of intersectionality as an analytical tool.


Contact us

Our collective may be reached through ORICE, by email at, or by phone at 604.822.5028.

The Collective for Gender+ in Research acknowledges that we organize, research, and learn on unceded traditional  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territory. We understand that both gender and research have been used as tools of colonization on these lands, and commit to working towards disentangling gender+ research from colonialism and Indigenous genocide.