Cavaghan, Rosalind

Dr Rosalind Cavaghan

Equality and Social Justice Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr Rosalind Cavaghan joined GCU in April 2017. Previously, she worked at Radboud University, in the Netherlands on an EU Framework 7 funded Marie Curie IEF Postdoctoral Fellowship. She completed her PhD at Edinburgh University and has been a visiting scholar at Humbolt University, Berlin.

Rosalind’s inter-disciplinary research examines how collective assumptions and ‘blind spots’ persist in policy development and implementation processes, with a particular focus on the ways that priorities and matters of indifference remain stable. She draws on the Sociology of Knowledge, Interpretative Policy Analysis, EU Integration Theory and Intersectional Political Economy to do this, and looks at how the social construction of race and gender inequalities, are implicated in these dynamics.

Presently, Rosalind is particularly focused on EU integration and dis-integration, as the EU’s rhetorical leadership in Equalites+ is increasingly tested in times of economic challenges, new migration patterns and Brexit. For example how are multi-level democratic processes and institutions responding to these changes? How will the different parts of the UK seek to position themselves and their values in this changing global context?

Rosalind regularly speaks at international conferences across a range of disciplines including politics, sociology and feminist economics and was called as an expert witness on Gender + Mainstreaming to the Parliament of Canada, Standing Committee for the Status of Women in 2016. Her 2017 book “Making Gender Equality Happen: Knowledge Change and Resistance in EU Gender Mainstreaming” draws out the factors predicting ‘successful’ gender mainstreaming versus resistance to it, and is based on her PhD thesis, which was awarded the European Consortium for Political Researcher’s Gender and Politics Thesis Dissertation Prize in 2013.

Rosalind has taught wide range of courses with topics including introductory political science and international relations; EU politics, institutions and integration; gender and international relations; theories of gender equality policies; and theories of gender.

Prior to commencing academic research Rosalind worked as a policy consultant in the private sector.