Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Natalia Gerodetti
About Dr Natalia Gerodetti
Dr Natalia Gerodetti is the Course Director for Sociology and has carried out funded research on gender and sexuality, as well as the social and political context of eugenics. She has published in the area of feminist theory and the regulation of sexualities. Further interests include migrants' identities in relation to food cultivation and allotment gardening. In relation to teaching and pedagogy she is particularly interested in developing and engaging students with games based learning.
Natalia has over a decade of experience in academic research. Her academic research focuses on historical approaches to the social and spatial politics of gender and sexuality in the context of law and social policy. She has an interest in the relationship of the past to the present in terms of social justice. More recently her research interests focus around space, migration and identity both in relation to historical governance of gender and sexuality but also in relation to contemporary aspects around food production, sustainability and belonging. Some of her historical research has focused on eugenic thinking and practices in Europe (with a particular focus on Switzerland) across the twentieth century and this research has stimulated in interest in recent calls for redress and reparations around historical injustices that emerged from eugenic legacies, such as coerced sterilization or state sponsored withdrawal of children.
Most of Natalia's teaching is within sociology, using her strong interest and expertise in gender, sexuality, space and contemporary social theory. The modules she teaches on include:
- Sociology of Gender and Feminist Perspectives
- Sexuality and Society
- Contemporary Society and Social Futures
- Doing Sociology in Leeds
- Research Methods
Current research focuses on gender and migration with both a historical and a contemporary lens. As far as the historical research on gendered migration and the spatial governance of sexualities is concerned, Natalia is developing earlier research on the European network of train station assistants, who were part of a social and moral reform movement. This will contribute to a European understanding of women's networks and the "rescue industry" existing at the time. This latter continues to exist in the context of women's migration and efforts to safeguard and protect women. As such this research impacts on academic knowledge but also on contemporary practitioners and policy makers around female migration.
The research on food production, identity and belonging - which is being conducted with migrant allotment gardeners - has shown important ways in which inclusion and exclusion works through urban growing spaces, and will contribute to a better understanding of needs and practices of first and second generation migrants around local food production, cultural practices and gift relationships.