Prof Francesca Gains

Professor, Academic Co-Director Policy@Manchester

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Research interests

Specific research interests:

  • Gender policy change 
  • Diversity and representation in policy making processes
  • Political management reform in central and local government
  • English devolution and introduction of police and crime commissioners
  • Impact assessment and the politics of regulation
  • Political management and policy outcomes
  • Comparative Public Policy


Current research projects:

Understanding Institutional Change from a Gendered Perspective: The work of Police and Crime Commissioners (with Vivien Lowndes) and linked to the ERC funded Understanding Institutional Change research programme at the University of Manchester

Previous Research

'Comparative development of gender policy agendas in five european countries' with Claire Annesley (Manchester) and Isabell Engeli (Ottowa), a three year project which draws on comparative agendas project data sets to examine the determinants of gender equality policy change.

Feminising Politics - (co-investigator) ESRC Seminar Series examing the political inclusion of women and the inclusion of their issues and perspectives

'Pathways to Politics' examining opportunities and barriers faced by those seeking election from underrepresented groups (see conducted September 2009 to June 2010 for the Equality and Human Rights Commission to feed into the policy debate surrounding the recommendations of the Speakers Conference (see

The Politics of Regulation - research examining what regulatory impact assessment data reveals about regulatory policy making in Government Departments (Leverhulme funded)

Evaluating Local Governance research - a five year evaluation of the constituitonal reforms introduced by the Local Government Act 2000 and associated research for  the Standards Board on the design of an ethical framework; for the Centre for Public Scrutiny on health scrutiny; for the Lyons Inquiry into Local Government and for the Roberts Councillors Commission into the role of local councillors.  

(see additional information for current and previous PhD supervisions)


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display