Sasha Roseneil

Sasha Roseneil (born 1966)[1] is Dean of Social and Historical Sciences at University College London where she is Professor of interdisciplinary social science and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

Early life and education

Roseneil obtained a 1st class Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from The London School of Economics between 1985-1988 before undertaking a Ph.D. at the same institution. Roseneil's Ph.D. thesis is titled Feminist political action: the case of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp which she completed in 1994.[2] In 2009-2013 Roseneil completed a postgraduate diploma in Group Analytic Psychotherapy from the Institute of Group Analysis.


Roseneil's research spans sociology and group analysis such as social movements and gender politics, including research on intimacy, citizenship and sexuality. Her Ph.D. thesis studied the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp and how women can act for social change by understanding and acting against male domination and female subordination. The Greenham Common Peace Camp was an example of a non-violent feminist protest, started by Welsh anti-nuclear feminist group Women for Life on Earth, quickly increasing to a 30,000 strong human chain.[3] In 2016, at an event Bringing Greenham Home, which featured a weekend of Greenham-related films, Roseneil spoke about her personal ties to Greenham Common and her perception of the peace camps as "queer, intersectional spaces, where both gender diversity and indigenous land rights were part of the discussion".[3]

Roseneil chooses to study topics such as subjectivity, gender, sexuality, and life changes on an intimate scale change with social and collective action, for example, related to social, cultural or political change. Roseneil looks at reasons why there is individual or collective resistance including unconscious ways that such resistance can stagnate life improvements.

Among Roseneil's studies are explorations into the experiences of people in non-conventional couples and families such as those who are single, relationships where people live apart, lesbian and gay relationships, and those in shared accommodation. A common thread is the concept of friendship and how support and care can be provided through networks. Her research also encompasses members of marginalised and racialised groups, first/second generation migrants and exiled communities.

Roseneil uses a combination of biographical narrative, psychoanalytically informed methods, results from surveys and comparative national studies to gather single-person case studies alongside macro-level analysis. She has focused her research on people living in the United Kingdom and Bulgaria, Norway and Portugal.

One example of her work, in a study called Living Apart Together, relates to couples who choose to live separately. This report suggested that the number of couples who live apart in the United Kingdom may be higher than the 6% found in the 2011 Census, a number that Roseneil claims is closer to 10% of the population. Nearly half are aged between 16 and 44. Reasons include the difficulty of finding jobs in the same location as more women now work, and women wanting respite from domestic chores traditionally expected in cohabiting.[4] In another study Why we should Care about Friends: An Argument for Queering the Care Imaginary in Social Policy, Roseneil and Shelley Budgeon studied 53 people from small towns and inner cities who do not live with a partner and found that there was little social isolation as they were "enmeshed in complex networks of intimacy and care, and had strong commitments and connections to others". A lack of wanting to become a conventional couple or family was strong.[5]


Roseneil has published the following books:

  • 2015: Reproducing Citizens: family, state and civil society, (edited with Isabel Crowhurst, Ana Cristina Santos and Mariya Stoilova)[6]
  • 2013: Beyond Citizenship? Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging,[7]
  • 2012: Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: women’s movements, gender and diversity, (edited with Beatrice Halsaa and Sevil Sümer).[8]
  • 2011: Social Research after the Cultural Turn, Basingstoke, (edited with Stephen Frosh).[9]
  • 2001: Globalisation and Social Movements, Basingstoke, (edited with Pierre Hamel, Henri Lustiger-Thaler and Jan Nederveen Pieterse).[10]
  • 2000: Common Women, Uncommon Practices: the queer feminisms of Greenham,[11]
  • 1999: Consuming Cultures: power and resistance, (edited with Jeff Hearn)[12]
  • 1999: Practising Identities: power and resistance, (edited with Julie Seymour).[13]
  • 1995: Disarming Patriarchy: feminism and political action at Greenham,[14]
  • 1994: Stirring It: challenges for feminism, (edited with Gabriele Griffin, Marianne Hester, Shirin Rai).[15]


From 1991-2007 Roseneil was Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Leeds where she became founding Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (1997-2004). Afterwards Roseneil became Professor II in Sociology at the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo until 2015. She then became Professor of Sociology and Social Theory in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck University, and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research. Amongst her duties she served as Assistant Dean (Research) for the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy, and Head of the Department of Psychosocial Studies. In 2014 she held a position at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia as Professor-at-Large. Roseneil held the position of Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex from 2016-2018. During this period, more than 60 new academics were appointed whilst establishing a new Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies. Roseneil was appointed as Dean of University College London Social & Historical Sciences in March 2018.[16] Rosenail is based in the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.[16]

Media appearances

Roseneil has appeared on numerous BBC affiliated broadcasts such as BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour on episodes The Company of Women[17], Do Lesbians Really Want to Marry?[18], Peace Campaigners[19], and Part-time relationships[20]. Roseneil has also guest starred in the BBC Radio 4 series Thinking Allowed in a broadcast titled Living Apart Relationships[21] and a BBC World Service broadcast titled Family Life[22].

In 2010 Roseneil appeared on the BBC 4 TV series Timeshift, in an episode titled Greenham Common Changed My Life[23]

In 2015 Roseneil was involved and interviewed in a film, The PhD Survival Video: PhDs, Stress and Mental Health which was launched at the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research. In an interview with Times Higher Education, Roseneil comments that problems are inherent in doing a PhD and can cause real stress:[24]

“We talk about problems of isolation, competitiveness, the challenges to self-confidence that a PhD necessarily involves, and how, if you have particular vulnerabilities at the start, these can be accentuated during the PhD”

Notable positions of responsibility

Roseneil served as the first Chair of the Association for Psychosocial Studies until 2016. She is a founding editor of the journal Feminist Theory and currently serves on the editorial board of the following academic journals:

  • Social Movement Studies
  • Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research
  • Women's Studies International Forum
  • Amity: The Journal of Friendship Studies.


  1. ^ "Roseneil, Sasha, 1966-". VIAF - Virtual International Authority File. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  2. ^ Roseneil, Sasha (1994). Feminist political action : the case of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp (Ph.D. thesis). London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London).
  3. ^ a b "The legend of Greenham Common women's peace camp". openDemocracy. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  4. ^ Philipson, Alice (2014-01-23). "Why happily married couples are choosing to live apart". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  5. ^ "Single, No Children: Who's Your Family?". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  6. ^ Reproducing citizens : family, state and civil society. Roseneil, Sasha, 1966-, Crowhurst, Isabel,, Santos, Ana Cristina,, Stoilova, Mariya,. Abingdon, Oxon, UK. ISBN 9781138942295. OCLC 908089938.CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ Beyond citizenship? : feminism and the transformation of belonging. Roseneil, Sasha, 1966-. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. 2013. ISBN 9781137311351. OCLC 834111285.CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ Remaking citizenship in multicultural Europe : women's movements, gender and diversity. Halsaa, Beatrice, 1947-, Roseneil, Sasha, 1966-, Sümer, Sevil. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. ISBN 9781137272157. OCLC 809799169.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ Social research after the cultural turn. Roseneil, Sasha, 1966-, Frosh, Stephen. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. ISBN 9780230360839. OCLC 769138003.CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ Globalization and social movements. Hamel, Pierre, 1947-. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave. 2001. ISBN 9780230554443. OCLC 313434641.CS1 maint: others (link)
  11. ^ Roseneil, Sasha, 1966- (2000). Common women, uncommon practices : the queer feminisms of Greenham. London: Cassell. ISBN 0304335533. OCLC 41452606.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Consuming cultures : power and resistance. Hearn, Jeff, 1947-, Roseneil, Sasha, 1966-, British Sociological Association. Conference (1997 : University of York). New York: St. Martin's Press. 1999. ISBN 0312218826. OCLC 40298262.CS1 maint: others (link)
  13. ^ Roseneil, Sasha. (2016). Practising Identities Power and Resistance. Staff, British Sociological Association., Seymour, Julie. London: Palgrave Macmillan Limited. ISBN 9781349276530. OCLC 1085238003.
  14. ^ Roseneil, Sasha, 1966- (1995). Disarming patriarchy : feminism and political action at Greenham. Buckingham: Open University Press. ISBN 033519057X. OCLC 31433837.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ Stirring it : challenges for feminism. Griffin, Gabriele. London: Taylor & Francis. 1994. ISBN 0748402136. OCLC 30400847.CS1 maint: others (link)
  16. ^ a b UCL (2018-03-15). "New Dean of UCL Social & Historical Sciences appointed". UCL News. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  17. ^ "BBC - Radio 4 - Woman's Hour -The Company of Women". Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  18. ^ "BBC - Radio 4 - Woman's Hour -Do Lesbians Really Want to Marry?". Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  19. ^ "BBC - Radio 4 - Woman's Hour -Peace Campaigners". Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  20. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour, Shirley Temple Black; Abortion advice; Part-time relationships; Sexting; Animals and autism". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  21. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Thinking Allowed, Living Apart Relationships - Grading Universities". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  22. ^ "BBC World Service - Talking Point, Family Life". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  23. ^ "BBC Four - Timeshift, Series 1, Greenham Common Changed My Life". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  24. ^ "How to deal with PhD stress: new film offers some tips". Times Higher Education (THE). 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2019-07-11.

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