Sex, gender and gender identity


Sullivan, A. and Todd, S. eds., 2023. Sex and Gender: A Contemporary Reader. Taylor & Francis.

Academic Papers

Sullivan, A., (2023) A big ask: Sex and data collection. Significance, 20(1), pp.6-9.

Sullivan, A. and Suissa, J. (2022) The EDI opponents of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Illiberalism Studies Program. 31st October 2022.

Suissa, J. and Sullivan, A. (2022) How Can Universities Promote Academic Freedom? Insights from the front Line of the Gender Wars. Impact: Philosophical Perspectives on Education Policy (27) 2-61.

Sullivan, A. (2021) Sex and the Office for National Statistics: A Case Study in Policy Capture, Political Quarterly.

Suissa, J. and Sullivan, A. (2021) The Gender Wars, Academic Freedom and Education, Journal of Philosophy of Education.

Sullivan, A. (2020). Sex and the census: Why surveys should not conflate sex and gender identity. International Journal of Social Research Methodology23(5), 517-524. Open access version SSRN.

Sullivan, A. (2020). Response to Fugard and HinesInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology23(5), 539-540.

Other Writing

What went wrong at the Open University? Spectator, 28th August 2023.

REF 2028 must promote academic freedom. Times Higher Education, 5th October 2023.

What the Census reveals about trans people in Britain. Spectator, 29th January 2023.

The UK’s Freedom of Speech bill needs an exemption for heckling, Times Higher, 13th November 2022.

The EDI Opponents of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Illiberalism Studies Program, 31st October 2022.

The subversion of Athena Swan. The Critic, 11th August 2022.

Why UCL are shutting the door on Stonewall The Critic, 2nd February 2022.

Why social scientists still need data on sex – not only gender identity The Conversation, 21st December 2021.

Has Athena Swan Lost its Way? BERA blog, 21st November 2021.

Why we need data on both sex and gender identity Political Quarterly, 27th July 2021

Coronavirus shows why it’s vital to distinguish sex and gender Spectator, 11th May 2020

UCU must stand up for academic freedom on sex and gender. Times Higher Education, 19th April 2019.

Should feminists be no-platformed? Morning Star. May, 2019. (refers to motion to UCU congress HE32 on Academic Freedom, which fell).

Sullivan, A. and Suissa, J. 2019. The gender wars, academic freedom and education. BERA blog, 25th January 2019.

Recorded Talks

Silencing Women: Academic Freedom and Unthinkable Thoughts. 8th March 2023, Taliesin Theatre, University of Swansea.

Panel on “Women’s Voices in Education”. 4th February 2023. WPUK and UCL Women’s Liberation, Education for Women’s Liberation conference, UCL.

Why do we need data on sex? LSE Social Policy Department. 10th November 2022.

Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, Impact Launch and Seminar, How can universities promote academic freedom? Insights from the front line of the gender wars, 21st September 2022, UCL.

OU Gender Critical Network, Interview with Professor Jo Phoenix, 21st July 2021.

Savage Minds podcast on gender ideology, academic freedom and data collection, 28th January 2021.

Evidence to Women and Equalities Committee, UK Parliament Commons Select Committee, Oral Evidence Session, Reform of the Gender Recognition Act, 9th December 2020.

A Woman’s Place is in Conversation: Sex in the Census A Woman’s Place UK, 19th October 2020.

Sex and the Census Royal Statistical Society, 18th September 2020.

Academic Freedom, Anti-Intellectualism and Misogyny, Cambridge University, 5th December 2019.

Special Interest Group

UCL Women’s Liberation

Submitted Evidence

Consultation ResponseFuture of Population Statistics, 23rd October 2023.

Letter to Department for Education ministerial team, 2nd December 2022.

Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. Written evidence submission. Oral evidence, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Session: 6. Official report.

Submission to the Scottish Parliament Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee, PE1876/H: Accurately record the sex of people charged or convicted of rape or attempted rape, August 2021. FOI response in connection with this.

Written evidence submitted by Professor Alice Sullivan and UCL colleagues, Freedom of Expression Inquiry, May 2021.

Response to Scotland’s Chief Statistician’s Draft Guidance regarding
Data Collection on Sex and Gender
, 12th February 2021.

Oral Evidence, Reform of the gender Recognition Act, Women and Equalities Select Committee, 9th December 2020. Transcript.

Written evidence submitted by Professor Alice Sullivan, Dr Amanda Gosling, Professor Nick Allum, Professor Tarani Chandola, Dr Colin Mills and Professor Lindsay Paterson (GRA0992), Women and Equalities Committee: Reform of the Gender Recognition Act, November 2020.

Letter to UK Census Authorities, sent 12th December 2019, Copied to Scottish Parliamentary Committee 18th December 2019.

Selected Media

British academic ‘deplatformed’ by Canadian government over gender stance. Raoul Simons and Susie Coen, Telegraph, 14th March 2024.

ONS digs in over ‘misunderstood’ trans census question. James Beal, The Times, 8th November 2023.

Academics join forces in war on university cancel culture. Ewan Somerville, The Telegraph, 4th November 2023.

A scholarly assessment of queer theory. Mary Davis, Morning Star (book review), 3rd November 2023.

Out for the count: has Britain already conducted its last census?. Esther Addley, The Guardian, 3rd November 2023.

Pansexual population was hugely inflated in census by ‘faulty coding’. Ewan Somerville, The Telegraph, 3rd November.

Burn the book! Shereen Benjamin, The Critic, 18th October 2023.

Trans rights crowd ‘assaulted’ guests at gender book launch. Mike Wade, The Times, 12th October 2023.

Academics at Edinburgh University accuse union of attempting to ‘shut down debate’ over sex and gender book. Holyrood, 10th October 2023.

Letter in response to Jacqueline Rose. New Statesman. 16th August 2023.

Freedom of Speech: Resist the rise of the intolerant. Letter to the Observer. 4th June 2023.

Power of Speech. Euan Crumley, Athletics Weekly, 1st April 2023.

Grassroots opposition to World Athletics’ transgender proposals, Jason Henderson, Athletics Weekly, 27th January 2023.

Trans athletes likely to be barred from female classifications, Matt Lawton and Rick Broadbent, The Times, 26th January 2023.

Ucas warned over plans to scrap male and female terms, Sian Griffiths and Glen Keough, Sunday Times, 5th December 2022.

Gender recognition act: MSPs only listening to one side, claims scientist, John Boothman, Sunday Times, 5th June 2022.

It is mothers, not fathers, who pay the price of parenthood, Letter to The Guardian, 9th March 2022.

Count sex not gender identity to appease feminists, advises charity. Ewan Somerville, Sunday Telegraph, 9th January 2022.

Scheme designed to promote women in academia has been ‘destroyed’ by trans lobby, critics warn. Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph, 30th November 2021.

« Certaines de mes conférences ont dû être protégées par des agents de sécurité » : les universités britanniques confrontées à la bataille du genre. Cécile Ducourtieux, Le Monde, 3rd December 2021. PDF.

BBC Nolan Investigates. Episode 6: Is Government too Close to Stonewall? 13th October 2021.

The guardians of facts surrender to ideology. Janice Turner, The Times, 10th March 2021.

Census gender question gets changed as everyone will now be asked to declare their sex rather than what they identify as, Daily Mail, 25th January 2021.

Sex question back on Census in Blow to Trans Lobby, Times, 24th January 2021.

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, On why asking about sex matters in the census, 14th January 2021.

Stonewall’s new boss Nancy Kelley let census expert be no-platformed, The Sunday Times, 24th May 2020.

Woman’s Place UK is not a ‘trans-exclusionist hate group’, Letter to The Guardian, 20th February 2020.

Census fears over gender identity, Letter to The Sunday Times, 15th December 2019.

Sex Question Catapults census into Trans War, Sunday Times, 15th December 2019.