Dr Rob Clucas


Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

01482 466323

Rob Clucas is a lecturer in law at the University of Hull whose research and teaching interests are in the field of sexuality, gender and the law.

He is particularly interested in systemic microaggressions in the Church and legal system, conservative backlash against sexual and gender equality claims in the US and UK, and the recognition of established and emerging gender identities.

Rob has published articles and book chapters on jurisprudence (philosophy of law), conjoined twins, human rights, and children’s rights and welfare, and, with G Johnstone and T Ward, he co-edited the Nomos collection Torture: Moral Absolutes and Ambiguities.


Research Interests

  • Church of England and equality issues (sexuality and gender)

  • Trans and non-binary gender identities

Research groups


Clucas R, 'Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, Conservative Christianity and Resistance to Sexual Justice', Social Sciences, 6, 54 (2017)

Clucas R and Sharpe K, ‘Women Bishops: Equality, Rights, and Disarray’, 15 Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 158 (2013)

Clucas R, 'Religion, Sexual Orientation and the Equality Act 2010: Gay Bishops in the Church of England Negotiating Rights against Discrimination’, Sociology, Vol. 46, No. 5, pp 936 – 950 (2012)

Clucas R, ‘Religion’, in Richards C and Barker M (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender, pp 447-463, Palgrave McMillan (2015)

Clucas R and Johnstone G, 'Enquiry Into Learning And Teaching In The Professions: The Case Of Law', in Cleaver E, Lintern M and McLinden M (eds), Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Disciplinary Approaches to Educational Enquiry, SAGE (2014)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Sex(uality), Gender and the Law (Convenor)

  • Systems of Justice (Convenor)

  • Equality and Diversity: Policy and Practice

Research PhDs

Rob welcomes applications in the field of the law and sexuality and gender, particularly its intersection with Christianity/religion.

Completed PhDs

  • David Jarvis, Immigration, Asylum, and Cycles of European Exclusion, University of Hull (2016)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PCHE) Sheffield,

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • LLB (Hons), University of Sheffield.

  • PhD, The Rights of Children, University of Sheffield

  • One-Year Foundation Course in Gestalt Counselling/Psychotherapy, Manchester Gestalt Centre

Awards and accolades

Supported by the AHRB Research Leave Scheme for the project, Children’s rights: autonomy and the welfare / best interests tension. A Welsh perspective, award RLS - AN11175/APN18932 (2004)