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EMERGING ADULTS & EMERGING SEXUALITIES is a PhD research project led by Marc Svensson in the Social Research Institute at University College London (UCL). It started in 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in September 2022. It consists of 3 consecutive studies.


The research project sets out to explore identity, health, stress and resilience of plurisexual, i.e. pansexual, queer and bisexual emerging adults in the UK. The first study was completed in summer 2019. 

The second study consists of in-depth semi-structured interviews that explore the lived experiences of 45 plurisexual emerging adults.


The third and final study is an online nationwide survey that explores the findings relating to identity, health, stress and resilience from study 1 and study 2 across the UK population, regardless of gender, sexuality, age or background.  

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Study 1: Secondary Data Analysis

The study was completed in August 2019 and focused on pansexual and queer identifying people that had taken part in a US based research study called the Generations Study. The findings are currently being written up for publication. For information about the Generations Study, please click below. 

Study 2: 45 In-depth Interviews

The study consists of in-depth semi-structured interviews to explore the lived experiences of 45 plurisexual identifying emerging adults (age 18-29) in the UK (15 pansexual, 15 queer and 15 bisexual). It was put on hold in March 2020 and will resume again once face-to-face interviews are possible. If you are interested in taking part, please click below to fill out the eligibility form.

Study 3: Online Questionnaire

This study is currently live and will close in late spring 2021. We want to hear from people of all ages, genders, sexualities and backgrounds, as long as you are over 18 years of age and currently reside in the UK. Please click the button below for more information and access the online questionnaire.



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Marc E D Svensson

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Marc is a PhD candidate in Social Science at University College London (UCL), and the research project leader.

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Dr David M Frost

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David is an Associate Professor in Social Psychology at University College London (UCL), and Marc's primary supervisor. 

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Dr Sophie Zadeh

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Sophie is a Lecturer in Social Psychology at University College London (UCL), and Marc's secondary supervisor.

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