Fiona Mackay is Professor of Politics and Director of genderED, the University’s new interdisciplinary hub for gender and sexuality studies.She is a former Dean and Head of the School of Social and Political Science. Her research focuses on the impact of gender reform efforts during periods of restructuring and institutional/constitutional change, addressing the extent to which global and local institutions of politics and governance may be designed or reformed to address gender inequality and promote gender justice. Empirical cases include devolution in the UK (ESRC), UN reform processes (British Academy), and post-conflict political settlements (ESRC/DfID). She founded and co-directs the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN www.femfiin.com). She serves on the editorial boards of Policy and Politics, Politics, Groups and Identities, and the European Journal of Politics and Gender, and co-edits the FIIN series Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives (Rowman Littlefield International). She curates the twitter feed @genderpol and hosts the blog genderpolitics@edinburgh. Fiona is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE).
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