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.
Since its founding the Centre has won competative research awards from major funders, including EU Horizon 2020; Office of the Chief Economist; Carnegie Trust, AHRC, ESRC, Equality Challenge Unit, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Crew.
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.
Evaluating Participatory Budgeting in Scotland – Angela
This 3-year project is evaluating the impact on local communities, local services and local democracy and how the introduction of participatory decision making in local resource allocation is addressing persistent inequalities. Funded by the Scottish Government as part of their national programme on participatory budgeting, Community Choices, the evaluation project will be reporting its findings by the end of 2019 with a series of events at GCU and elsewhere.
Gender equality is often talked about as a cornerstone of EU policy. To what extent that characterisation is true is part of the focus of this project focusing on how the concepts and practical analytical tools of gender budgeting are being used to integrate gender analysis in allocating resources through the ESIFs. Funded by the European Institute for Gender Equality and being delivered by an international team of researchers, this project will deliver insights into spend on gender equality, with a focus on work-life balance policies and programmes, and a step-by-step guide to gender budgeting in the ESIFs for Member States.
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 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.