Fields of activities:
|» Political science |
|» Other social sciences |
Brief description of your activity focus
Political representation issues; political engagement and dissatisfaction.
Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Currently I am focusing on political representation issues, particularly of women, ethnic minorities and EU free movers, as part of the public concern with political disaffection and ordinary citizens feelings of lacking representation. The project Feeling represented? Citizens perspectives on their political representation with particular regard to their gender, ethnicity, and nationality aims to fill a void of research on bottom-up views of the representation process. Fieldwork was carried out in Poland, Spain and Macedonia as well as the UK. It is part of my work as a Principal Investigator on the EU FP6-funded IP project Gendered Citizenship in a Multicultural Europe- FEMCIT (approx.€4m), which integrates a gendered approach to recognized dimensions of citizenship (such as the political and the economic), with more recent insights on multicultural, bodily/sexual, and intimate citizenship. FEMCITs brief is to identify issues at the intersections of gender and ethnicity that are problematic, both for positing a normative notion of full citizenship and for designing policies that facilitate the conditions for the equal enjoyment of citizenship by women and men.
A second broad area of interest for me has been the social politics of the EU, where I have researched the social dimension of the integration process, particularly the development of social and gender policies over time, the EU employment strategy, forms of social integration across the member-states, and most recently the regulation and enforcement of social rights in the EUs versus the Council of Europes regimes.
A strong research theme has been the democratization process of Spain, where I have been concerned to retrieve the roles, agency and visibility of social actors such as civil society organisations and womens movements during the processes of political change and consolidation of democracy. My research on Spain led me to becoming Editor of the International Journal of Iberian Studies (www.iberianstudies.net)
I am interested in equality struggles during political democratisation in terms of how they became linked to the international process of democratization of parliamentary representation, also instigated by gender equality advocates. I am also interested in how equality advocacy in Spain is linked to the countrys international standing as an advanced democracy in terms of gender-balance in politics (ranked 8th in the world), and in terms of human development (15th highest in the world according to the UNs 2009 HD Index), above the UK and Germany.