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University of Bristol, UK
Gender Political parties and Gender British Parliament Representation
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About Me

Sarah Childs is Professor of Politics and Gender at the University of Bristol, UK. She has published widely on women’s political representation over the last decade or so. Her research expertise centres on descriptive and substantive representation, the concept of critical mass, political parties and parliaments, and conservatism, gender and representation. Prof Childs is currently researching feminized institutions with the UK Parliament and political parties.  In 2009-10 Prof Childs was the gender Special Adviser to the UK Parliament’s ‘Speaker’ Conference’ on representation and in 2014 the Special Adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Group, Women in Parliament Inquiry. She is currently seconded by the University of Bristol and funded by the ESRC to undertake embedded research into gender sensitivity of the UK Parliament.

Recent Publications

Key articles have been published in Political Studies, Politics and Gender, Government and Opposition, Parliamentary Affairs and Party Politics. In 2015 she published two co-edited books Gender, Conservatism and Representation and Deeds and Words with ECPR press, with Celis and Campbell respectively. Her most recent monograph is Sex, Gender and the Conservative Party: From Iron Lady to Kitten Heels’, 2012, with Paul Webb, Palgrave.

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Woman’s Hour, Post-General Election, May 8th, 2015

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