Dr Lisa Overton


NameDr Lisa Overton
Job titleSenior Lecturer in Politics
Research institute
Primary appointmentLaw and Social Sciences
Email addressL.A.Overton@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1466-2609
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

I am a queer feminist academic working on intersectionalities linked to gendered-sexualities, crisis and disaster, particularly in relation to age and lifecourse. I am interested in everyday lives and experiences and expanding the definition of what we mean by disaster. 

I have worked and researched on gendered issues across the globe - Sri Lanka, New Orleans, USA, the U.K. and 'International Development' more generally. This has included collaborations with Oxfam, UNRISD and Plan International. 

My current work explores notions of gender, relationships, sexual consent, pleasure and danger. 

Key projects include:

The Queer Dating Project (internally funded) - this project explores queer spaces of dating and relationships with creative poster-style outputs via our Instagram page @thequeerdatingproject 

Sexual Misconduct and Gender Discrimination Higher Education - this is a creative nonfiction on the crisis of sexual and gender discrimination in higher education.

Hazards, Disasters, Climate Change and Sexual and Gender Diversity - this is co-edited book forthcoming within the Routledge Series Studies in Hazards, Disaster Risk and Climate Change

Editors: Dale Dominey-Howes, Lisa Overton, Ashleigh Rushton, Haorui Wu, William Leonard, Marcilyn Cianfarani and Dana Greene. 

Engendering Development: Critical reflections on gender and development - this project is a co-edited book forthcoming through Edward Elgar.

Editors: Sarah Bradshaw, Brian Linneker, Rebeca Cruz and Lisa Overton. 

LGBTQ+ Engagement and Understanding of Cervical Screening - this is a survey project lead by Britta Stordal as part of a wider project on cervical screening. 

Teaching

I supervise Undergraduate and Postgraduate dissertations within the Faculty focused on gender, sexualities and youth. 

PhD Supervision: 

Co-supervisor with Anastasia Christou and Meri Juntti for Manasa Saravanan: Women’s community-based climate adaptation using indigenous local knowledges in India

I am developing a new gender module for our Masters programmes within Law and Social Sciences:

  • Global Gender Issues

I am the Module Leader for:

  • Human Rights and Sustainable Development (masters module)

Employment

Senior Lecturer
Middlesex University
01 Sept 2013
Lecturer in War, Conflict and Development
Birkbeck College
30 Jan 2018
30 Apr 2018
Lecturer in Qualitative Methods
Birkbeck College
30 Jan 2018
30 Apr 2019

Education and qualifications

PhD: Girls Interrupted, Young Women ‘Growing Up’ in Post-Katrina New Orleans: An Exploration of the Intersections of Gender, Sexualities and Youth
20 Nov 2017
Middlesex University
MSc Social Research Methods
30 Jul 2010
MSc Gender
30 Jul 2009
London School of Economics and Political Science
BA (Hons) Third World and Development with English Literature
30 Jul 2007
Middlesex University

Grants

Prizes and Awards

External activities

Guest Expert - Sexualities and Disasters
University College London

On a yearly basis, I facilitate a workshop on UCL's Disaster Management programme focused on the underpinning gender and sexualities theories that should shape disaster thinking at policy and programme levels.

Research outputs

Stay Safe

Overton, L. 2022. Stay Safe. Online Sociological Review Magazine. https://doi.org/10.51428/tsr.lcny8665

Why relationships matter post-disaster: Focus on queer-identified young women and gender diverse people who ‘grew up’ in Post Katrina New Orleans

Overton, L. 2022. Why relationships matter post-disaster: Focus on queer-identified young women and gender diverse people who ‘grew up’ in Post Katrina New Orleans. LGBT+ Liberation: LGBT+ lives and issues in the context of normativities. UCU Conference. Online 02 - 04 Nov 2021 pp. 1-7

Creating disaster risk and constructing gendered vulnerability

Bradshaw, S., Linneker, B. and Overton, L. 2022. Creating disaster risk and constructing gendered vulnerability. in: Bankoff, G. and Hilhorst, D. (ed.) Why Vulnerability Still Matters: The politics of disaster risk creation Routledge. pp. 51-67

“Girls Interrupted”: Young women ‘growing up’ in post-Katrina New Orleans: an exploration of the intersections of genders, sexualities and youth

Overton, L. 2017. “Girls Interrupted”: Young women ‘growing up’ in post-Katrina New Orleans: an exploration of the intersections of genders, sexualities and youth. PhD thesis Middlesex University School of Law

Extractive industries as sites of supernormal profits and supernormal patriarchy?

Bradshaw, S., Linneker, B. and Overton, L. 2017. Extractive industries as sites of supernormal profits and supernormal patriarchy? Gender & Development. 25 (3), pp. 439-454. https://doi.org/10.1080/13552074.2017.1379780

Gender and social accountability: ensuring women’s inclusion in citizen-led accountability programming relating to extractive industries. Oxfam America Research Backgrounder series (2016)

Bradshaw, S., Linneker, B. and Overton, L. 2016. Gender and social accountability: ensuring women’s inclusion in citizen-led accountability programming relating to extractive industries. Oxfam America Research Backgrounder series (2016). Oxfam America.
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