Jen Marchbank (she/her)

SRYC 5190

Jen has taught at eight universities in four countries and has been at SFU since 2005. She has always been active in her communities and this is reflected in her research projects. She started working with girls from areas of deprivation whilst completing her PhD and still continues to do volunteer youth work with the LGBTQ2SIA+ youth activist and education group Youth 4 A Change. Based at SFU Surrey she is also involved in a number of community organisations in Surrey and beyond. She is the holder of a University Excellence in Teaching Award.


1993 PhD Politics - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

1991 MA 20th Century Historical Studies, Polytechnic of Central London, London.

1987 BA (Hons) Economic & Social History with Politics University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

2000 Member, Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (now Higher Education Academy), entry by examination, Fellow since 2006


LGBTQ2SIA+ activism; elder abuse in LGBTQ2SIA+; interpersonal violence; LGBTQ2SIA+ history; intergenerational work; trans youth; feminist pedagogy; refugee settlement.

Community Engagement

Co founder Youth 4 A Change, Surrey based – LGBTQ2SIA+ youth activist group

Member NEVR – Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships

Vice President, Surrey Pride Society, (Former President)

Member LOVE CRN (Community response network for LGBTQ2SIA+ seniors, Lower Mainland)



Robson, C., Marchbank, J., Gutman, G. & Prentice, M. (2023), Elder Abuse in the LGBTQ2SA+ Community: The Impact of Homophobia and Transphobia, Springer.

Gurm, B., Salgado, G., Marchbank, J., & Early, S. D. (2020). Making Sense of a Global Pandemic: Relationship Violence & Working Together Towards a Violence Free Society. Kwantlen Polytechnic University: Surrey, BC. Ebook ISBN 978-1-989864-14-2 or Print ISBN 978-1-989864-13-5.

Robson, C., Blair, K & Marchbank, J (2017), (eds), Basically Queer: An Intergenerational Introduction to LGBTQA2S+  Lives, New York, Peter Lang Publishers.

Marchbank, J and Letherby, G. (2014), Introduction to Gender:  Social Science Perspectives, 2nd ed, London, Routledge.

Marchbank, J. (2000), Women, Power and Policy:  Comparative Studies of Childcare, London, Routledge.

Jacobs, S., Jacobson, R. and Marchbank, J. (eds), (2000), States of Conflict: Gender, Violence and Resistance, London, Zed.

Book Chapters

Gutman, G., Robson, C., & Marchbank, J. (2020) Elder abuse in the LGBT community, in A. Phelan, (ed), Advances in Elder Abuse Research, International Perspectives on Aging 24, Switzerland, Springer, 149-164.

Marchbank, J & Muller-Myrdahl, T (2019) ‘Queering Timmies: Theorising LGBTQ Youth Claiming and Making Space in Surrey, BC, Canada’ in Habib, S & Ward, M (eds) Youth, Place and Theories of Belonging, BSA Sociological Futures series, BSA & Routledge, London, 39-50.

Lozano Neira, N & Marchbank, J. (2016), ‘Is She One of Us?, in M. Ward (ed), Gender Identity and Research Relationships, Emerald: Studies in Qualitative Methods, #16, Bingley, UK, Emerald Group Publishing, 169-190.

Journal Articles

Marchbank, J., Naraya, S., Gutman, G., Robson, C. (2023), Addressing elder abuse in the LGBT community: an intergenerational initiative, Metodologia: Journal of International and Finnish Methodology, IV A.

Travers, A., Marchbank, J., Boulay, N., Jordan, S. & Reed, K. (2020), Talking back: trans youth and resilience in action, Journal of LGBT Youth, online.

Travers, A., Boulay, N., Marchbank, J. & Jordan, S. (2018). Self-Silencing and Settling for Less in Cross Disciplinary Collaboration on Behalf of Transgender Youth. Feminist Research, 28, 2-3, 191-207

Robson, C., Gutman, G., Marchbank, J. & Blair, K. (2018). Raising awareness and addressing elder abuse in the LGBT community: An intergenerational arts project. Language and Literacy. 20-3, 46-66. 

Gutman, G., Robson, C., Marchbank, J., & Blair, K. (2017). Elder abuse in the LGBT      community: A hidden problem. Innovations in Aging. 1(S1), 753.

Marchbank, J (2009) ‘”Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead, the Wicked Witch is Dead”: The Reported Demise of Women’s Studies in the United Kingdom’, Feminist Studies, 35, no 1 pp194-202


2023 Surrey Board of Trade Women in Business, Social Trailblazer

2022 YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Education, Training & Development)

2020 Academic Excellence Award - Shakti Society

2019 Excellence in Teaching Award SFU

2017 Surrey Pride Society Community Award

1999 Lifetime Membership Feminist & Women's Studies Association (UK & Ireland)

Other links 

Twitter @DrJenMarchbank


Future courses may be subject to change.