UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, Lancaster University (2008)

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Purpose/Objectives of the Chair/UNITWIN Network

While gender is increasingly recognised as a critical aspect of development research and practice across the UN, further coordination in this field is required. At UNESCO, gender equality is one of the Organization’s two current priority areas. It is important both in its own right and for its contribution to many other goals, including the UN Millennium Development Goals and the realisation of universal human rights. Important topics include gender-based violence, employment inequalities and presence in political decision-making; while there is a developing field of research on these issues, it is still relatively scattered.

The objectives of the UNESCO Chair in Gender Research are to facilitate the development of policy-relevant research on gender equality around the world; support and develop international networking to facilitate the exchange of ideas, research and policy developments, especially between the North and South; support research on policy-relevant gender equality issues and build capacity in policy-relevant gender equality research, curriculum development, student training at graduate level and staff exchanges. It will also facilitate exchange between researchers and policy makers and collaborate with UNESCO in the implementation of its Gender Equality policy and strategy.

Chairholder/Coordinator: Professor Sylvia Walby OBE

Address: Department of Sociology, Bowland North, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YT, UK
Email: s.walby@lancaster.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1524 593442

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Sylvia WalbySylvia Walby is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. She has been Professor of Sociology in the Universities of Leeds and Bristol, and Reader at the LSE; and was the founding President of the European Sociological Association. She was the founding Director of the Lancaster Women’s Studies Research Centre and of the LSE Gender Institute. She was the Rapporteur for the UN Expert Meeting on Indicators to Measure Violence Against Women in Geneva in 2007; and is a member of the UN Taskforce on Violence Against Women. She has been a research consultant to the Home Office, Women and Equality Unit, Equal Opportunities Commission, and the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women.

Selected Publications

  • Globalization and Inequalities: Complexity and Contested Modernities (Sage 2009)
  • Gendering the Knowledge Economy, co-edited with Gottfried, Gottschall and Osawa (Palgrave 2007)
  • Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking: Findings from the British Crime Survey, with Allen, (Home Office Research Study 2004)
  • The Cost of Domestic Violence (Department of Trade and Industry 2004)
  • Gender Transformations (Routledge 1997)
  • Theorizing Patriarchy (Blackwell 1990)

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