Seminar 4 – Gender Equality Policy Implementation, 12 – 13 May 2016


  • Thursday 12th May:12:00 – 19:30
  • Friday 13th May:09:00 – 17:00


Birkbeck College,  University of London

This conference is jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council UK, the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research and The Political Studies Association Standing Group on Women and Politics.

Thursday 12 May

Time Session Papers Chair
 12:00 – 13:00 Session 1: arrival, welcome, lunch
 13:00 – 15:00 Session 2: Employment
  1. Gender equality policies in employment in the UK: neo-voluntarism in policy and practice
    • Susan Milner (University of Bath)
  2. Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland: Institutional responses to occupational segregation and gender inequality
    • Angela O’Hagan (Glasgow Caledonian University)
    • Emily Thomson (Glasgow Caledonian University)
  3. Equal employment – Norway
    • Hege Skjeie (University of Oslo)
    • Mari Teigen (Institute for Social Research, Norway, not attending)
  4. Mandatory collective bargaining and gender quota for company boards: new opportunities for gender equality in France
    • Delphine Brochard (C.E.S., Université Paris 1)
    • Marion Charpenel (Centre Maurice Halbwachs)
  5. ‘The long and winding road’: implementation through judicialisation of equal employment policies in Spain
    • MariaCaterina La Barbera (Centro de Estudios Politicos y Constitucionales)
    • Emanuela Lombardo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  6. Mapping the development of employment equality policies in Italy: the case of reconciliation between work and family life
    • Roberta Guerrina (University of Surrey)
    • MariaCaterina LaBarbera (Centro de Estudios Politicos y Constitucionales)
Isabelle Engeli (University of Bath)
15:00 – 15:15 Break
 15:15 – 16:30 Session 3: Care
  1. Wives, mothers and now daughters: the gender impact of increasing demand for eldercare in Ireland and Italy
    • Gemma M. Carney (Queen’s University Belfast)
    • Rossella Ciccia (Queen’s University Belfast, not attending)
  2. Externalising care for children with dependant parents and changing the care practices of fathers: the difficulties of defamilialising
    • Clémence Ledoux (Nantes University)
    • Annie Dussuet (Nantes University, not attending)
Sarah Childs (University of Bristol)
 16:30 – 17:15 Session 4: Higher Education
  1.  Gender equality and higher education in Ireland: the missing link
    • Yvonne Galligan (Queen’s University Belfast)
Sarah Childs, University of Bristol
 17:15 – 19:15  Core group meeting in Paul Hirst Seminar Room
10 Gower Street, WC1E 7HX
 19:30 Dinner at Spaghetti House 15 Goodge Street, W1T 2PQ

Friday 13 May

Time Session Papers Chair
09:00 – 11:00 Session 5: PR
  1. Delivering equal representation? A case study of the implementation of feminised candidate selection policy in the UK.
    • Jeanette Ashe (Douglas College and Birkbeck)
    • Rosie Campbell (Birkbeck)
    • Sarah Childs (Birkbeck)
    • Joni Lovenduski (Birkbeck)
  2. Implementation of gender quotas in Ireland: challenges and controversies
    • Fiona Buckley (University College Cork)
  3. Implementing gender equality in Belgium: just a matter of adopting laws?
    • Karen Celis (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
    • Petra Meier (University of Antwerp)
    • Ilke Adam (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, not attending)
    • Sarah Bracke* (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, not attending)
    • Gily Coene (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, not attending)
    • Sophie Withaeckx (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, not attending)
  4. Electoral systems and regulatory policies for implementing party quotas in Germany and Austria
    • Katja Chmilewski (University of Vienna)
    • Birgit Sauer (University of Vienna)
    • Petra Ahrens (Humboldt University, not attending)
    • Sabine Lang (University of Washington, not attending)
  5. The implementation of the Parity Law in Portugal: intraparty barriers and driving forces
    • Ana Espírito-Santo (ISCTE-IUL and CIES-IUL)
    • Maria Helena Santos (CIS-IUL), not attending)
  6. The implementation of special measures to achieve gender balance in parliament, cabinet and central administration in Sweden
    • Lenita Freidenvall (Stockholm University)
  7. An upward trajectory?: explaining fluctuations in women’s representation in the U.S. states
    • Tracy Osborn (University of Iowa and Iowa Public Policy Center)
    • Rebecca Kreitzer (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  8. Beyond gender quotas: pushing equality forward in political parties
    • Tània Verge (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Drude Dahlerup (Stockholm University)
 11:00 – 11:15 Break
 11:15 – 12:15 Session 6: GBV
  1. Mapping Gender-Based Violence Policy in France
    • Gill Allwood (Nottingham Trent University)
  2. Inclusive postadoption processes in domestic violence policy: an analytical framework based on data from five Central and Eastern European Countries
    • Andrea Krizsan (Central European University)
  3. Gender, nation and violence: an intersectional analysis of First Nations women and the post-colonial state
    • S. Laurel Weldon (Purdue University)
Francesca Gains (University of Manchester)
 12:15 – 13:15 Session 7: Migration
  1. Regulating gendered exclusions: Gender in asylum and criteria-based immigration policies in Austria
    • Silvia Schröcker (University of Vienna)
    • Birgit Sauer (University of Vienna)
  2. Perceptions of gender equality and the family in Danish migration/integration policies
    • Anita Nissen (Aalborg University)
    • Birte Siim (Aalborg University)
Rosie Campbell (Birkbeck College)
 13:15 – 14:00  Lunch
 14:00 – 15:30 Session 8: Theory
  1. Taking policy success seriously: the gender equality policy in practice approach
    • Rosie Campbell (Birkbeck)
    • Isabelle Engeli (University of Bath)
    • Joni Lovenduski (Birkbeck)
    • Amy Mazur (Washington State University)
Meryl Kenny (University of Edinburgh)
 15:00 – 15:45  Break
 15:45 – 17:00 Session 9: wrap-up