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Emma Aggar

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Academic Tutor

I joined the University of Sunderland as an Academic Tutor in 2019. I have a BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care from the University of Sunderland and an MA in Social Research Methods (Sociology) from Durham University. 

Teaching and supervision

I am currently lead teacher on SSC220 Medicalisation, Normality and the Body and SSC120 Dimensions of Health. I also assist with SSC101 Introduction to Social Theories, SSC226 Practical Application, SSC22 Applied Quantitative Methods and SSCM32 Research and Evidence.

I am also a supervisor for undergraduate Health and Social Care Dissertation students.

Research interests for potential research students

  • Gender inequality with focus on non-binary and transgender studies
  • Identity and sexuality
  • Health behaviours¬†


In my MA, I focused on the (In)visibility of non-binary and gender non-conforming people in a two gender society. This analysed Essentialist and Constructivist ideas of gender and compared them to Medicalised notions of gender non-conforming identities and self-identity.

Currently, I am conducting research for a human rights organisation on the lived experiences of SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) people. Here I document the lived experiences of SOGI people across the globe, highlighting the infringements they face and promoting their human rights.

  • Gender
  • LGBT+ studies
  • Sexualities
  • Health behaviours
  • Medicalisation
  • Research methods

Last updated 30 May 2024