Dr Ellie GoreEllile Gore profile pic 2018

ESRC White Rose Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact Details:
Telephone: 0114 222 1700
Email: e.gore@sheffield.ac.uk


Ellie is an ESRC White Rose Postdoctoral Fellow based in the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) and the Department of Politics. Ellie is currently working on a study of queer activism, LGBT rights, and the political economy of development in Ghana. Ellie joined the Department of Politics in June 2017, as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate working on the ESRC grant “Understanding and Governing the Global Business of Forced Labour” led by Professor Genevieve LeBaron. Prior to joining Sheffield, Ellie held a teaching position in the Politics and International Studies and International Development departments at the University of Birmingham.

Ellie was awarded her PhD in International Development by the University of Birmingham in 2017. Ellie’s doctoral research was supported by an ESRC +3 scholarship. Ellie also holds an MSc in International Development (distinction) and a PG Certificate in Advanced Research Skills and Methods from the University of Birmingham and a BA (Hons) in History and French (first class) from the University of Leeds.


Ellie's current research project examines the landscape of queer political activism in Accra, Ghana. It is particularly concerned with the connections (and disconnections) between HIV prevention initiatives aimed at Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), development interventions on LGBT rights, and local forms of queer political organising and activism. Ellie previously worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on Genevieve LeBaron’s ESRC grant, “Understanding and Governing the Global Business of Forced Labour”, which systematically mapped the business models of forced labour as these manifest within the supply chains of UK-based chocolate and tea companies, using case studies of the tea industry in India and the cocoa industry in Ghana. Ellie has extensive professional and research experience in Ghana and is proficient in the Twi language. Ellie’s research interests include: sexual rights, development, and queer activism in the global South; ‘queering’ development theory and practice; the political economy of gender and sexuality; and gender and labour exploitation in supply chains. Ellie’s research is interdisciplinary in character, drawing on political economy, international development, anthropology, and gender studies.

Grants and awards:

  • ESRC White Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018-2019
  • Teaching Excellence Award, College of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham, 2017
  • ESRC +3 Scholarship 2012-2015
  • ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit Grant 2015 (Visiting Scholar at the Center for LGBTQ Studies, City University New York)
  • ESRC Overseas Fieldwork Grant 2013
  • A. H. Marshall Prize for Best Performing MSc Student, University of Birmingham, 2012
Professional Service

Professional service

Ellie is a Research Fellow at the Sheffield Institute of International Development (SIID) and a member of the African Studies Association. Ellie has reviewed papers for the journal Gender, Place, and Culture.

Invited talks:

  • Gender, migration, and forced labour: understanding the links in cocoa global supply chains. Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies Seminar Series, SOAS, December 2017
  • Queer negotiations: marriage, reproduction, and ‘saso’ masculinities in Accra. Marriage in Africa workshop, Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham, May 2017
  • From becoming ‘saso’ to becoming MSM? Queer subjectivities and sexual rights discourse in Accra, Ghana. Joint International Development Department and Department for ASA Guest Seminar Series, University of Birmingham, March 2017

Gore, E. (forthcoming) Reflexivity and queer embodiment: some reflections on sexualities research in Ghana. Feminist Review.

Gore , E. (forthcoming). Queer Activism in Africa. In Oxford Encyclopedia of African Politics. Oxford University Press.

LeBaron, G. and Gore, E. (2018) The Global Business of Forced Labour: Policy Brief #1 Key Findings and recommendations for UK policymakers. SPERI & University of Sheffield.

LeBaron, G. and Gore, E. (2018) The Global Business of Forced Labour: Policy Brief #2 Key Findings and recommendations for auditors and certifiers. SPERI & University of Sheffield.

LeBaron, G. and Gore, E. (2018) The Global Business of Forced Labour: Policy Brief #3 Key Findings and recommendations for brands and retail companies. SPERI & University of Sheffield

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