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Research Planning Workshop for the Gender Equality Policy in Practice (GEPP) Project
June 24-25th 2014, LIEPP-SciencesPo
Convened by Joni Lovenduski (Birkbeck College, UK), Amy G. Mazur (Washington State University/SciencesPo Paris) and Isabelle Engeli (University of Ottawa)
Created in 2013 and with over 100 network members, the Gender Equality in Practice program will develop and conduct a comparative study that assesses whether equality policies in western democracies have been effectively implemented and have promoted gender equality. The research focuses on assessment of gender and gender plus equality policies while also considering the full range of regulatory and redistributive equality policies that are the wider context of state action on inequality.
The research is timely. Since the late 1970s, democratic governments have placed on their agendas, adopted and put into practice policies that both implicitly and explicitly seek to advance women's rights, remove gender-based hierarchies, and promote equality between men and women more generally. Using a set of methods developed in feminist research, GEPP will explore whether equality policies actually result in greater gender equality in terms of administrative outputs, final results, impacts and outcomes.
LIEPP-SciencesPo Paris provided the group with crucial funding to hold its first research planning workshop this past June. Twenty one participants including GEPP research members, researchers from the LIEPP team and key policy stakeholders came together for an intensive two-day workshop to develop the following research plan and funding strategy, launched in autumn 2014:
- Create regional/ national teams to build research capacity;
- Send out a call for network members to map implementation dynamics in eight issue areas identified by the group: equal employment; gender-based violence; intimate citizenship; reproduction; immigration; elder care; political representation; higher education including Women in Science.
- Depending on the research interests of group members the eight issue areas may be reduced to 3-4 areas. This decision will be taken at a second research planning meeting of the core group in early December 2014.
- Submit funding applications in 2015 (ESRC-UK, Austrian Science Fund, the Leverhulme Foundation, Horizon 2020, European Research Council, National Science Foundation- USA and COST- EU).
- Hold a full group research meeting in June 2015 to launch the study in autumn 2015.
The Paris workshop, therefore, has been key to the next successful steps of this international group. Moreover, with significant additional support coming from Birkbeck College, UK - a working group grant at the Institute for Social Research, a Humanities Institute Fellowship for Amy Mazur, as well as an ESRC-UK grant for a meeting at Birkbeck within a new seminar series on gender and substantive representation - an institutional partnership is emerging between LIEPP-SciencesPo and Birkbeck.
For detailed project information on GEPP go to, http://www.csbppl.com/gepp/ and for pre workshop scoping materials, contact Amy Mazur (firstname.lastname@example.org). She will also be at SciencesPo as a visiting researcher in Spring 2015.