Collective for Gender+ in Research

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-based 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 create a culture where gender, and other intersections (+), are part of our research process from the get-go?

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 seeking to undertake research with deep gender+ consideration?


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.