The WiSE Centre runs a dynamic interdisciplinary research programme involving a range of both theoretical and empirical research on issues of economic equality, gender, social justice and human rights. The originality of its work lies in its dialogical and democratic approach to both the development and dissemination of research and theory in the field of economic equality and social justice.

Gender and the economy

The work is driven by the desire to make research accessible to all, and by the practice of linking feminist economic theory to action for social change. The research programme is open and inclusive, and is grounded in the wide range of disciplinary traditions represented by staff and associates at the Centre.

As WiSE is devoted to cooperative modes of research inquiry, it is actively engaged in dialogue with local communities, non-governmental organisations, statutory and other bodies in promoting research-informed policy development.

WiSE is particularly concerned with gender and economic equality and many of its research projects are focused on this theme – including women’s inequality in the paid labour market; the invisibility of women’s contribution to the economy through their unpaid work; within household distribution; occupational segregation; social reproduction and care work. WiSE brings a feminist economics perspective to these issues contributing research evidence and expert analysis to advance positive changes.

Current Projects

Gender Impact Analysis & the Modern Apprenticeship Programme

Gender Impact Analysis and the Modern Apprenticeship Programme in Scotland (2013/14)

Funded by the ESRC and Close the Gap, the project aimed to develop a Gender Impact Analysis (GIA) tool for public sector bodies which can be used to determine the beneficiaries of public expenditure. The Modern Apprenticeship programme was used as a case study to develop the GIA tool.

Occupational Segregation and the legacy of Gender Mainstreaming

Occupational Segregation and the legacy of Gender Mainstreaming in Scotland (2013)

Funded by the Scottish Government the aim of this research was to inform the construction of Scottish economic development programmes funded via European Structural Funds for the 2014-20 period. The project evaluated the extent to which gender mainstreaming became embedded in organisations in receipt of European Structural Funds in the 2006-13 period. In particular the research project identified lessons learned from the implementation of gender mainstreaming in 2006-13 and made recommendations to the Scottish government for the next funding period.