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      Research Statement

      Over career, my research has focused on exploring the relationship between gender and democracy. My approach has combined fine-grained indepth case study research (largely Ireland and Northern Ireland) and meduim-scale qualitative comparative studies (mainly European countries). My central research study has led me to devise a new concept 'gender democracy' that is now becoming widely used in the scholarly community to highlight the gendered nature of democratic politics and practices. Accompanying this concept is a measuring tool consisting of fifteen indicators that illuminate the gendered nature of decision-making. The concept, and its measurement, has been rigorously tested in the RECON book report for Europe, and I am now exploring their application in a UK context, national and devolved. The other major strand of my gender and democracy research focuses on political representation, and the causes and consequences of women's political under-representation. This foundational work has in recent years made a significant contribution to public and policy thinking on measures to alleviate the continued under-representation of women in political life, for which I have been cited in the House of Commons and Dail debates. A particular strand, that of electoral design, is assuming a new prominence in recent times, with plans for collaboration with Finnish colleagues on a research project on gender and electoral design.

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      Frequent Journals

      • Irish Political Studies

        ISSNs: 0790-7184

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1743-9078


        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.85 SJR 0.545 SNIP 0.476


      • Scottish Affairs

        ISSNs: 0966-0356

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2053-888X

        Edinburgh University Press


      • Gender & Society

        ISSNs: 0891-2432

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1552-3977

        SAGE Publications Inc.

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.98 SJR 2.52 SNIP 2.767


      • Perspectives on European Politics and Society

        ISSNs: 1570-5854

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1568-0258



      • Czech Sociological Review

        ISSNs: 1210-3861

        Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences

        Scopus rating (2001): SJR 0.121


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