Tiina Vares

Head of DepartmentTiina Vares

Sociology Programme Coordinator & Undergraduate Coordinator
Elsie Locke Building 319


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. (2023) Women and Sexuality. In Ritzer G; Rojek C (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (Second Edition ed.) Oxford, UK.
  • Vares T. (2022) ‘When you delete Tinder it’s a sign of commitment’: leaving dating apps and the reproduction of romantic, monogamous relationship practices. Journal of Sociology Online first http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/14407833221082700.
  • Vares T. (2022) Asexuals negotiate the 'onslaught of the heteronormative'. Sexualities 25(5-6): 767-784. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460721993389.
  • Vares T. (2021) ‘When you delete Tinder it’s a sign of commitment’: Dating apps users’ leaving practices and the reproduction of hetero- and homo-mononormativity.. Christchurch, New Zealand: Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand Conference, 24-26 Nov 2021.
  • 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.