Collective for Gender+ in Research

Upcoming event: Unexpected Gender with Christine D’Onofrio

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The Collective for Gender+ in Research, is hosting an exciting new Unexpected Gender series of learning sessions looking into unexpected or innovative ways that gender+ is brought into all stages of the research process -- from research question formation to knowledge dissemination. This is a multi-disciplinary conversation and we hope to have speakers from Indigenous, critical gender and race studies (Dr. Dory Nason), visual arts and education (Christine D'Onofrio), and urban / city planning (tbd) -- all researchers who engage a gender+ lens.

Our second session will be a discussion lead by Christine D'Onofrio, from UBC Visual Arts. We’ll be meeting on Friday March 20th, from 12:00pm – 1:30pm, in room 129 of the C. K. Choi Building (1855 West Mall, UBC).

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Following an opening by Christine D'Onofrio, we will be opening to a question period and discussion of our experiences as researchers working towards engaging gender+. We see our graduate researcher audience as an important contributor to engage in the discussion.

Some questions we hope to explore include:

  • Was gender unexpected for you? In what ways might it have been unexpected?
  • How are you learning to bring into your research gender+, which is everywhere, but is often invisible/unaddressed?
  • How does gender+ show up in unexpected places and research?
  • How did gender+ make its way into your research, how did you hold the space to allow gender to enter?
  • How did you make gender+ more visible in your research dissemination?
  • Advice for young researchers moving towards gender+.

Unexpected Gender is about sharing our experiences, questions, identifying resources, and network-building in support of a greater presence of gender+ research at UBC and beyond.

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.

We are asking ourselves...

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 and Jacob Fischer-Schmidt are core members 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 Kimberle 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.

Our collective 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.