Tiina Vares

Senior LecturerTiina Vares

Sociology Undergraduate Coordinator
Elsie Locke Building 319
Internal Phone: 93774


Research Interests

My research focuses on sexualities and gender, in particular, embodiment, ageing and intimacies. Recent projects include an exploration of the ways in which preteen girls make sense of popular culture in a context of debates around the ‘sexualization’ of girls (with Sue Jackson and Rosalind Gill), and the experiences of self-identified asexuals in Aotearoa New Zealand. I am currently developing a project on digital transformations of intimacy.

Recent Publications

  • Vares T. (2021) Asexuals negotiate the onslaught of the heteronormative'. Sexualities (February 2020) http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460721993389.
  • Vares TM. (2019) Asexualities, Intimacies and Relationality. In Simula B; Sumerau J; Miller A (Ed.), Expanding the Rainbow: Exploring the Relationships of Bi+, Polyamorous, Kinky, Ace, Intersex, and Trans People Boston: Brill | Sense. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004414105_014.
  • Vares TM. (2018) 'My [asexuality] is playing hell with my dating life’: Romantic identified asexuals negotiate the dating game. Sexualities 21(4): 520-536. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460717716400.
  • Vares TM. (2017) ‘You want the physical touch of someone […] but [it’s] a separate kind of intimacy from having sex with someone’: Romantic asexuality and re-imagining relationality. The University of West Australia, Perth, Australia: ‘Belonging in a Mobile World’, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference., 27 Nov-30 Oct 2017.
  • Vares T. (2016) Sexuopharmaceuticals. In Naples N (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies: 2227-2232. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss443.