My main research interests lie in the fields of comparative politics/political economy with a focus on gender and politics, international political economy, transitions to democracy, and governance and institutions.
Current and Recent Research Projects
For more than 20 years I conducted extensive research on democratization which culminated in a book Engendering Transitions: Women's Mobilization, Institutions and Gender Outcomes (Oxford University Press 2007) and was awarded the 2008 APSA Victoria Schuck prize for the best book published on women and politics. For the last few years I have been working on two main themes. First I was co-investigator for a Leverhulme programme on Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (2007-11) with colleagues from Warwick, Bristol and Birkbeck. Second, for more than a decade have been collaborating to develop feminist institutionalism as part of the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN) with colleagues from Edinburgh and University of New South Wales, Australia. From 2012-17 I was PI on a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for a five year project entitled 'Understanding Institutional Change: A Gender Perspective' (2012-17). See https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/politics/research/projects-and-networks/uic/ for more details. This research has continued since the formal end of the grant and myself and others have contiuned to produce many outputs.