This month marks the 5 year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear crisis. In 2011, Professor Mieko Yoshihama (Social Work), began a participatory action research project using a method called PhotoVoice to analyze the effects of the disasters. The gender-based project, the first of its kind in Japan, used funding from an IRWG Faculty Seed Grant to provide digital cameras to women in disaster-affected areas.


Established in 1995, The Institute for Research on Women & Gender (IRWG) is an interdisciplinary unit of the University of Michigan Office of Research, supporting faculty and graduate student research on women, gender, and sexuality.

Each year, we also sponsor a variety of speakers and events to foster intellectual exploration and social change.

Upcoming Lectures & Events

Looking for research funding?

IRWG provides direct research funding and research support services to assist U-M faculty seeking external funding opportunities for research, scholarship, or other creative activities that focus on women, gender and sexuality.