Dr O'Hagan shares Scotland's experiences of gender budgeting

19 October 2016

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Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)’s Dr Angela O’Hagan was the keynote speaker at an international research event on gender and finance hosted by the University of Iceland and the Icelandic Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs this week (October 18).

The ‘Gender and Finance: Investing in the future’ conference was organised as part of the pan-European Garcia project, which aims to promote a culture of gender equality and combat gender stereotypes and discriminations within research centres and higher education.

The project focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) disciplines to transform academia and research through awareness-raising on gendered practices, gender equality in management and decision making, and implicit gendered subtexts in evaluating excellence.

The team at the University of Iceland leads a project stream on gender budgeting, inviting Dr O’Hagan to share her experiences on gender budgeting as feminist policy change.

A researcher within GCU’s WiSE research centre, her research extends across gender equality and public policy, including gender impact assessment, comparative European gender equality practice, equalities and human rights, with a specialist focus on gender budget analysis.

She has been funded by the Scottish Government to evaluate current activity and outcomes from funded training and engagement activity to promote participatory budgeting across local authority areas in Scotland.

Dr O’Hagan is a member of the Scottish Government Equality and Budgets Advisory Group and the recently announced Budget Review Group. She is also part of a PhD supervisory team within the Garcia project.

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