Women in Social Science Conference 2019

4 April 2019

Women have made a huge contribution to the social sciences over the past 50 years. But this contribution is still not fully recognized,” said Professor Sue Scott FAcSS in her opening remarks as the chair of the Women in Social Science conference on 3 April 2019. The conference was held in partnership with NatCen and supported by ESRC and Palgrave Macmillan.

The event brought together academics from across the social sciences to consider the challenges women have faced over the past five decades and to celebrate their achievements. The conference saw a combination of ‘senior’ academics and ‘early career’ academics. Senior speakers focused on past challenges and achievements whilst early career speakers addressed the current situation, reflecting on the ways they have benefited from the women who came before them. Exploring the challenges in their own discipline, each speaker considered the changes feminism has brought about, key achievements, and what remains to be done. A general discussion drew on the challenges ahead, what has not changed and what needed to change to support women in academia.

Download the Presentations from the Women in Social Science Conference:

Welcome, Introductions and Overview Professor Sue Scott, Chair

Prof Ann Phoenix, Professor of Psychosocial Studies, University College London: Achieving Change Through Difficult Conversations: Inclusionary intersectionality as normative?

Prof Sonia Bhalotra, Professor of Economics, University of Essex: Women in Economics

Dame Jil Matheson, Trustee, NatCen & former National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority: The Personal and the Statistical

Dr Katherine Twamley, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, Department of Social Sciences, University College London: Women at Work/in the Academy: Reflections on the stalled revolution

Dr Jiang Lingqing, Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Essex: Gender Gaps in Economics: Ability, preferences, and assessment

Dr Rukmen Sehmi, Senior Researcher (Analyst) at NatCen Social Research and previously a postdoctoral researcher at King’s College London at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience: Are You a Real Quant?: Reflections on being female, BAME and a quant

Prof Fiona MacKay, Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh: Making Waves or Drowned Out? The impact of women in/on political science

Prof Kalwant Bhopal, Professor of Education, University of Birmingham: Women of Colour in the Academy: Aspirations and achievements in the face of inequality

Dr Shan-Jan Sarah Liu, Lecturer in Gender and Politics, University of Edinburgh: Am I an Asian Woman or a Woman Who Is Asian?: Challenges and opportunities for women of colour in academia

Dr Jessica Gagnon, Senior Research Fellow, School of Education and Sociology, University of Portsmouth: On Being Taken Seriously: Gender, age, and misrecognition in my early career experiences

Closing remarks – Nancy Kelley, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy and Research, NatCen Social Research