About

The Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) is intended to advance the critical study of men and masculinities.

The Center for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) Network brings together a range of researchers whose work addresses men, masculinities, fathering, and gender, capitalising on this critical mass of scholarly activity to build research collaborations, research capacity, and local and national profile.

Overview
Areas of research focus
What we offer to visitors and postgraduate students
Supervision of PhD and Masters students
History


Overview

The governing aim of the Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities is to advance the critical study of men and masculinities and provide an interdisciplinary centralised focus for initiating, developing and sustaining research on and about men and masculinities through engagement with internal and external researchers and research centres.

CROMM aims to function as the pre-eminent centre for masculinities-related research in Australia. Its events showcase innovative research in this field, leading to publications, its listserv and website foster networking and exchange among scholars, and the Centre supports funding applications to the Australian Research Council (ARC) and elsewhere.

CROMM locates itself primarily within the overlapping fields of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sexuality and Queer Studies and as an advocate for feminist scholarship. CROMM’s research will contribute to scholarship in these fields and to social theory more generally.


Areas of research focus

The Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) aims to stimulate and support interdisciplinary research collaborations in relation to three areas of scholarship on men and gender in particular, as follows:

Men Changing – Men and gender equality: This thematic area is focused on scholarly assessment of, and involvement in, efforts to address men’s roles in building gender equality. Researchers will address local and international programs and policies that work to change men’s behaviours, identities and relations, with regard to such fields as violence against women, parenting, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS. Research collaborations will focus in particular on the Asia-Pacific region, and interventions by both local women’s and community agencies and international organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme. Research methods will include impact evaluation and action research, as well as interrogations of the processes, politics and contexts of such efforts.

Men Hurting – Men’s violence and health: This thematic area focuses on men’s involvements in and experiences of violence and health. It will enrich research on men’s health and wellbeing, crime, and social order, by addressing the impact on health of violence-related victimisation and perpetration, including significant and yet understudied forms of interpersonal violence such as male-male violence in public settings. This thematic area may also include the gendered policing of masculinities and the workings of homophobic and other forms of violence.

Men Caring – Men caring for children: This thematic area focuses on men’s roles in children’s lives. The last decades have seen dramatic changes in the role of fathers in children’s lives. Societal changes as well as an increase in divorce and remarriage rates have shifted the role of fathers from being primarily breadwinners to playing a significant role in children’s lives. Having a father who is involved in children’s lives impacts children’s development and wellbeing in a positive way. Research in this thematic area will advance the study of father involvement by focusing on father research in the areas of education, psychology, sociology, law, and humanities and bringing together researchers and practioners working within the field of father involvement via conferences, seminars and international research collaborations we hope to bring the field of father research to the next level.

CROMM recognises that the categories ‘male’, ‘men’, and ‘masculinity’ have complex and shifting relationships to one another, and CROMM welcomes research which moves across or unsettles categories of sex and gender.

What we offer to visitors and postgraduate students

The Critical Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) Network comprises a network of researchers who work on areas related to men, masculinities, and gender. Several of these researchers are located at UOW, while CROMM functions as a hub for a wider, national and international network of academics. CROMM also comprises a website, a database of researchers, and an e-mail list. Thus far, we have hosted two major conferences and produced a co-edited book. CROMM also runs a seminar series in which HDR students and established researchers can promote and develop their research, and hosts occasional workshops and symposia.

Visiting academics and postgraduate students at CROMM can:

  • Meet with fellow researchers at the University of Wollongong;
  • Give seminars in the CROMM seminar series;
  • Develop collaborative projects, including publications and research grants;
  • Enjoy the space to think and write, away from the usual demands of their home institutions;
  • Sit in on the gender- and masculinity-related subjects taught at undergraduate level;
  • Meet with fellow researchers or students at the five universities in nearby Sydney, give seminars there, and build collaborations. (UOW is located about 90 minutes south of Sydney by train or car. This means that it is relatively easy to visit the five universities based in Sydney: the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Institute of Technology Sydney (ITS), Macquarie University, and the University of Western Sydney (UWS).)
  • Enjoy the Wollongong area and surrounds, including beaches, national parks, nearby Sydney, and so on.

Office space and facilities: CROMM does not have dedicated funding with which to support visits by postgraduate students or researchers to the university. However, the university is likely to be able to provide to you a desk in a shared office, and access to computing and library facilities.

Seminars: You are warmly invited to give a seminar in the Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) Seminar Series. The seminars are intended to highlight areas of research and scholarship regarding men, masculinities and gender, and are directed both to scholars and students in these fields and to others in the university community.

Postgraduate students: If you would like to come to the University of Wollongong to do a postgraduate degree (PhD or Masters), please see below for further information. If you are a postgraduate student enrolled at a different university and visiting the University of Wollongong (UOW), bear in mind that staff at UOW may not necessarily be able to provide intensive and lengthy assistance regarding your research, as they do for students who are enrolled at the university. But we can certainly provide occasional meetings, feedback, and advice. You are welcome to give seminars in the seminar series. If you wish, and depending on the timing of your visit, you may be able to sit in on the gender- and masculinity-related subjects taught at UOW.

Supervision of PhD and Masters students

Members of the Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities welcome the opportunity to supervise postgraduate (PhD and Masters) students at the University of Wollongong.

CROMM’s Co-Directors Michael Flood and Elisabeth Duursma have supervised students undertaking research on a wide variety of topics: young men’s involvements in risky drinking and public violence, sexual coercion in Bhutan, men’s anti-violence activism in Indonesia, and so on.

Dr Flood’s areas of expertise are:

  • Men and masculinity
  • Gender issues
  • Interpersonal violence and especially violence against women (domestic violence, family violence, sexual assault)
  • Male sexualities and especially heterosexuality
  • Pornography
  • Fathers and fathering

Dr Duursma’s areas of expertise are:

  • Fathering
  • Children and families
  • Language and Literacy development
  • Role of men in societies
  • Quantitative methods

Other UOW staff affiliated to CROMM also have a wide variety of research interests and expertise. CROMM staff also have supervised Honours students undertaking a variety of topics.

If you are considering doing a PhD or Masters degree at the University of Wollongong (UOW), please consult the list of CROMM-affiliated staff at UOW to find potential supervisors.


History

The Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) was founded in 2010.

CROMM capitalises on the emergence of a rapidly expanding body of scholarship on men, masculinities, and gender, as well as Australian government support for knowledge creation and policy development about men. At the time that the Centre was founded, scholarship on men, masculinities, and gender was already well established, as evidenced by four specialised journals on men and masculinities, four encyclopedias or handbooks, two very large bibliographies, and a wide range of articles and books (including, for example, over 3,000 articles in Sociological Abstracts listing ‘masculinity’ or ‘masculinities’ as a key word). Scholars in Australia have been at the leading edge of this work, and four academic conferences on men, masculinities, and gender had been held in Australia since 1991. However, while there was substantial research activity around men and masculinities, in Australia there was no network or centre devoted to this field. The Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities therefore was founded.