Public Engagement

The WiSE Research Centre is dedicated to the elimination of inequality in society through the creation and dissemination of innovative and transformative knowledge.

Collaboration is at the core of how WiSE operates: within academia, in terms of working interdisciplinary cooperation with academics, researchers and postgraduate scholars nationally and through our international networks across Europe, the US, Australia and Japan. Just as importantly we collaborate outside the University, in terms of working with civil society partners including government and community organisations, service providers and activist organisations working for social change.

WiSE was specifically founded to bring a feminist perspective on public policy decisions and processes in Scotland and to build knowledge and enhance skills in feminist economic and public policy analysis. The contribution of those who have lived experience of social and economic inequalities is essential to the work of the WiSE and we value the ongoing development and nurturance of partnerships with a range of civil society partners who help to inform and develop our teaching, research and continuing professional education activities. Our aim is to both inform and help shape policy and research in a range of economic equality, gender and social justice related areas.

Civil Society

Taking perspectives and experience from academia and government and making the knowledge and skills accessible to women working in their communities as workers, trade union representatives, members of local or national groups and campaigning organisations, and women and men policy and decision makers is a core part of how WiSE works. WiSE members’ activity includes

  • Scottish Women’s Budget Group. Angela O’Hagan, Convenor 2006-2018
  • Scottish Human Rights Commission – Human Rights Budgeting in the Scottish Budget Process
  • ‘Pint of Science’ 2018 – Gender Budgeting
  • Glasgow Science Festival, 2018 – Women’s Economic Activism in Glasgow and Scotland
  • WISE Researchers are actively engaged in a range of local, national and international civil society organisations, including
  • European Gender Budgeting Network and UK Women’s Budget Group, and are highly responsive to opportunities to work with civil society organisations.  Recent activities include the WOW! Festival in Perth in 2017and 2018; SCVO Policy Forum, 2018; STUC Research Network, 2018; Women’s Resource Centre and other International Women’s Day events; Women’s Global Economic Forum, 2017, and many others
  • STUC Women’s Committee Annual Weekend Schools 2010 -2015
  • “Economics for Equality” feminist economic and public policy analysis knowledge transfer
Policy Process

Influencing the policy process through the formal institutions of the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government and through membership of expert groups and commissions has been a key way in which WiSE engages policy and decision makers in transformative, feminist public policy analysis. Examples include:

  • Scottish Government Equalities and Budget Advisory Group  - Angela O’Hagan and Ailsa McKay (2000-2014).  Angela O’Hagan appointed independent Chair of EBAG in 2018.
  • Ministerial Working Group on Equal Pay – Emily Thomson
  • Gender Equality Data Working Group - Sara Cantillon
  • Scottish Parliament Information Centre Fellowship – Emily Thomson
  • Disability and Carers’ Benefits Expert Advisory Group – Angela O’Hagan
  • Budget Process Review Group (2016-2017) - Angela O’Hagan
  • Commission on Local Tax Reform (2014-2015) – Angela O’Hagan, Commissioner
  • Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee, 2015. Evidence from Prof Diane Elson, Morag Gillespie, Angela O’Hagan informed the Committee’s Women and Social Security Inquiry and final report 
  • Equal Opportunities Committee/Equality and Human Rights Committee (multiple sessions)
  • Finance Committee (multiple sessions)
  • Local Government Committee (multiple sessions)
  • Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee. Evidence from Prof Diane Elson, Morag Gillespie, Angela O’Hagan informed the Committee’s Women and Social Security Inquiry and final report 
Developing gender aware analysis and practice
  • “Seeing Gender” – training and development programme on feminist economics and gender analysis in economic policy with Scottish Government 2018-2019
  • COST ACTION IS1409 Gender and health impacts of policies extending working life in western countries, Angela O’Hagan,  Gender Budgeting as a policy evaluation tool, March2018, Mendel University of Brno
  • STUC Women’s Committee Annual Weekend Schools 2010 -2017
  • “Economics for Equality” feminist economic and public policy analysis knowledge transfer
  • University of Murcia Summer School – Angela O’Hagan
  • Close the Gap Steering Group -Angela O’Hagan
  • EQUATE Scotland/SEMTA - Emily Thomson