About Lena Gunnarsson
Main Research Areas
- Feminist theory
- Philosophy of science for the social sciences
- Critical realism
- Sexuality, sexual consent, sexual violence
I have just finished a research project on what I call “dynamics of sexual consent”. Through interviews with women and men with varying sexual orientations I have studied the processes whereby people end up having sex with one another, mainly focusing on experiences which in some way complicate the drawing of boundaries between consent and non-consent.
In 2019 I started up two new research projects. The first, which I carry out with Sofia Strid, Örebro University, addresses “sugar dating”, the disputed phenomen where young women “date” older men in exchange for money and other material values. The second project, carried out together with Maria Wemrell, Lund University, and Britta Lundgren, Umeå University, studies alternative knowledge claims about the risks of copper IUDs and HPV vaccinations, which are disseminated and discussed at the internet, especially in social media.