Marina Hughson

Marina Hughson (Blagojević) is a sociologist, theoretician and researcher in the field of gender studies and an international gender expert. She works at the Institute of Criminological and Sociological Research as Principle Research Fellow (the highest research position) and is also Director of the consulting firm Altera MB – Gender Research and Consultancy. Marina Blagojević was President of the Sociological Society of Serbia and Director of the Institute for Sociological Research of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. Ms. Blagojević authored a large number of scientific publications (over 150) in the field of sociology, demography and gender studies, and she also authored and edited a number of books (over 20). She was one of the leaders of the women’s movement in the 1990s in Belgrade, and one of the founders of Women’s Studies, Women’s Party, Women’s Parliament, Women’s Initiatives Association (AŽIN) and other non-governmental organisations. She is the initiator of the first international feminist post-communist conference What Can We do for Ourselves? (Belgrade 1994) and the first Forum of Non-Governmental Organisations in Serbia (1997). Marina initiated the foundation of the Section for Feminist Research and Critical Studies of Masculinity (SEFEM) and was its President in the period 2014-2017. As a university professor, she has lectured at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, in Podgorica, Sarajevo, Budapest, but also in the USA, Germany and Austria upon invitation. In the capacity of an international expert, she worked on various projects for different governments and international organisations (UNDP, UNIFEM, UN Women, USAID, IFAD, FAO) in some fifteen countries in transition. She was engaged by the European Commission as expert and author of a study on the situation of women in South-East Europe for the needs of the European Parliament, based on which the European Parliament Resolution on Women in South-East Europe 2003/2128 – INI was adopted. Marina Hughson is also the author of a large number of empirical research studies on gender relations, including Gender Barometers in the region (B&H, Serbia, Montenegro). Over the past ten years Marina has also been involved in the critical studies of men and masculinities and has been cooperating intensively with Professor Jeff Hearn, the world’s leading author in this field. She is a member of Research Group on Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities, Centre for Feminist Social Studies, Örebro University in Sweden. Marina co-authored the following book: Rethinking Transnational Men: Beyond, Between and Within Nations (Hearn, Blagojević, Harrison, Routledge, 2013), and she is presently editing: The Unsustainable Institutions of Men: Gender Power and the Contradictions of Transnational Dispersed Centres (Hearn, Vasquez del Augila, Hughson, 2018, Routledge). Recently, she published the book entitled Men in Serbia: The Other Side of Gender Inequality (Hughson, 2017). Her current interests include projects related to knowledge production (non-hegemonic sociology) – this cycle of work began with her book Knowledge Production at the Semiperiphery: A Gender Perspective (2009); and the development of the “theory of semiperipherality” (Hughson, Poluperiferija i rod: pobuna konteksta, 2015), and further research in the field of gender studies and gender policy. Some of her publications are available at, and her contact email is