Kevin Guyan


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Personal profile

Research Interests

My research explores the intersection of data and identity, with a particular focus on data practices that engage LGBTQ communities in the UK. I am the author of Queer Data: Using Gender, Sex and Sexuality Data for Action (Bloomsbury Academic, 2022), which examines the collection, analysis and use of gender, sex and sexuality data, particularly as it relates to LGBTQ people. My work on queer data has had broad academic, policy and societal impacts, including the design of gender, sex and sexuality questions in UK censuses. In 2022, I presented evidence from my research at the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities, Human Rights & Civil Justice Committee on data impacts of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill.

Current Research Interests

I am currently interested in the datafication of identity characteristics in organisational contexts, the tools used to gather this information (e.g. workplace diversity monitoring forms) and how these methods work in a generative way: they do not merely count, categorise and manage our identities (e.g. ‘gay', ‘Black’ and ‘woman’), they shape how we understand identity and what we collectively do based on that understanding.

Education/Academic qualification

History, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University College London

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

External positions

Convener, Equality Network

Apr 2024 → …

College Research Themes

  • Data & Digital
  • Identities & Inequalities
  • Work & Economy
  • Governance & Democracy


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