Axel Keating (they/them) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researcher focusing on the inculcation of awareness of intersex traits in education in Ireland and Sweden and a PhD student at Dublin City University. Axel is the Vice President of interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth and is an organizing committee member for the 5th International Intersex Forum. They have been involved in LGBTQIA+ education, activism, and community organizing for over a decade. Axel has a Master’s degree from New York University in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy and a Bachelor’s degree in the history and philosophy of medicine-focusing on the medicalization of intersex traits.

Axel commenced their 36-month Marie SkłodowskaCurie fellowship at Dublin City University in Ireland in October 2020.

Awards and Certificates

1st INIA network training event

Nvivo Training Workshop

Pathways to Success Programme

Research Integrity Course

Understanding Research with Children and Young People

A Digital Edge Essentials for the Online Learner

Active Consent

Career and Workplace

2nd INIA network training event

DCU Bronze Engage Award Cert

DCU Silver Engage Award Cert

Outreach Activities

6 April 2022: Joint activity with the MagnEFi ITN

Axel participated in the joint outreach activity with the MSCA ITN MagnEFi (860060).

1-5 November 2021: Meetings with local Finnish actors in the framework of a secondment with University of Helsinki

Meetings included:

  • Kaisli Syrjänen, Chairperson of ISIO Finland
  • Jaana Pirskanen, Former Coordinator of the TIKA Project
  • Marita Karvinen, education expert with Seta’s education services, school visits, expertise in LGBTIQ

March 2021 – July 2021: Sex Education Leadership Cohort

From March 2021 to July 2021, ESR Axel Keating participated in the Sex Education Leadership Cohort with the National LGBTQ Task Force. Over four months, Axel focused on topics including sex education law and policies, curricula, messaging, organizing, lobbying, and more. Axel is researching the education on intersex traits and variations of sex characteristics in Irish and Swedish schools – including sex education. As the majority of the task force are based in the US and had never heard about MSCA ITNs, Axel spoke about both the INIA project and MSCA ITNs in general.

23 April 2021: Presentation at NYU FYQA

On Friday, 23 April 2021, ESR Axel Keating (they/them) participated on the New York University LGBTQ+ Center’s First Year Queers and Allies (FYQA) Alumni Panel. Axel, an alumnus of New York University (Gallatin BA ’16 and Steinhardt MA ’19) as well as a member of the 2012-2013 FYQA cohort, spoke about their experiences as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Early Stage Researcher in the Intersex – New Interdisciplinary Approaches (INIA) innovative training network and a PhD student at the Dublin City University School of Law and Government in Ireland. A screenshot from the presentation can be viewed here.

22 April 2021: INIA panel at DCU online conference, Intersex 2021: A vision for the future

On April 22nd during the online conference hosted by Dublin City University, the INIA project was introduced to conference participants. The panel was composed of the coordinator, Prof. Surya Monro, Principal Investigator, Amets Suess Schwend, and ESRs Yessica Mestre, Daria Abrosimova, Adeline Berry, Axel Keating and Steph Lum. The conference booklet can be consulted here. A link to the conference can be found here.

20 April 2021: INIA Panel at TransLondon event

Every 3rd Tuesday of each month, TransLondon welcomes presentations from guest speakers. On April 20th, the INIA coordinator, Prof. Surya Monro participated in an INIA panel with supervisor Tray Yeadon-Lee and ESRs Addy Berry and Axel Keating (photo here). The goal of the talk was to gain greater insight to the unique issues that Intersex people face in life, providing a greater opportunity to strengthen allyship through knowledge and understanding. Photo extracted from presentation here.

January 2021: INIA appears in GCN Magazine

With other INIA ESRs and PIs, Axel contributed to an article in GCN Magazine, issue 366 entitled “Seen and Heard”. The article can be viewed here: