PSRP present latest research at International conference on Gender and Feminist Institutionalism

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    Tags : Conflict Gender Institutions Peace Agreements Political Settlements Transitional Justice Women

The Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) recently led a panel event at an International Conference, Gender, Institutions and Change Conference – Feminist Institutionalism after 10 years, held in the University of Manchester. PSRP researchers, working on the Gender theme within the programme, delivered this contribution to the conference.

Professor Fiona Mackay and Dr Cera Murtagh, PSRP researchers based in the University of Edinburgh, spoke about how Feminist Institutionalism (FI) can inform discussions about gender and consociationalism, particularly in helping to elaborate the marked difference in conclusions from evidence taken from the large-scale studies that find a positive correlation between power-sharing and provision for gender representation, and the largely negative conclusions of single-case study work [1].

Dr Catherine O’Rourke, Transitional Justice Institute (TJI), Ulster University, who co-ordinates the PSRP Gender theme, contributed a case study of how the United Nation as Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women has been acting on institutional reform in conflict-affected and post-conflict states to illustrate how a political settlement and Feminist Institutionalism analyses might be usefully synthesised [2].

TJI Researcher and PSRP team member Dr Jessica Doyle further presented early findings from her study with Professor Monica McWilliams on the post-conflict political settlement and women’s experiences of domestic violence, which suggested some positive outcomes from police institutional reform in the Northern Ireland context [3]. Michelle Rouse, a PhD student with TJI, completed the PSRP panel presentations with an account of Feminist Institutionalism and bureaucratic discretion as a framework for understanding resistance to change in the Northern Ireland context.

The conference panel was an excellent opportunity for the PSRP to present latest research from the Gender theme, and gain from rich discussions and ideas with an international audience of distinguished academics.


  1. For further detail refer to, Text and Context: Evaluating Peace Agreements for their ‘Gender Perspective’, Professor Christine Bell, University of Edinburgh, Report 1.
  2. For further detail refer to, International Gender Equality Norms and the Local Peacemaking Political Settlement: A Case Study of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice in Northern Ireland, Catherine O’Rourke, Working Paper 6, February 2017.
  3. This is part of a fuller project on ‘Gender and Violence: Violence Against Women and Political Settlement’, which there is more detail about here.

Picture courtesy of Dr Catherine O’Rourke.


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