Our research

Our research

We run 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.

Poverty and income inequality, financial exclusion, living standards within households, gender budgeting, occupational segregation, employability and skills, race and migration, and European governance are current topics of global significance.

Our main research themes include:

  • Historical and cultural origins of inequalities
  • Theories of justice
  • Public policy, governance and institutional change
  • Labour market and household Inequalities
  • Political economy of care
  • Social inclusion and migration
  • Activism and social change


Evaluating Participatory Budget in Scotland

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 Budgeting and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs)

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 & 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.