Project team

Visiting researchers

Expert Board for the project

 

Project team

Johanna Kantola

Johanna Kantola

Project Director

Professor of Gender Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University Project Director (PI) of EUGenDem

Petra Ahrens

Petra Ahrens

Senior Researcher
Valentine Berthet

Valentine Berthet

Dissertation Researcher
Anna Elomäki

Anna Elomäki

Senior Researcher

Senior Researcher, Faculty of Social Science, University of Tampere (starting 1 August 2018)

Barbara Gaweda

Barbara Gaweda

Postdoctoral Researcher
Cherry Miller

Cherry Miller

Postdoctoral Researcher
Mikko Saarinen

Mikko Saarinen

Dissertation Researcher

Johanna Kantola is Professor of Gender Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University. She obtained her PhD in Politics at the University of Bristol in 2004 and became Docent in Politics at the University of Helsinki in 2007.

Her research centres on gender, power and politics: political parties and institutions, gender equality policies in Finland and in the EU, and theoretical questions about the state, representation and intersectionality. She is the director of the Academy of Finland (2016-2020) and University of Helsinki Research Funds (2015-2017) funded research project Gender and Power in Reconfigured Corporatist Finland (GePoCo).

Her books include Gender and Political Analysis (with Emanuela Lombardo, Palgrave, 2017), Gender and the European Union (Palgrave, 2010), Feminists Theorize the State (Palgrave, 2006). She has co-edited The Oxford Handbook on Gender and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2013, with Georgina Waylen, Karen Celis and Laurel Weldon), Gender and the Economic Crisis in Europe: Politics, Institutions and Intersectionality  (Palgrave 2017, with Emanuela Lombardo), Tasa-arvo toisin nähtynä: Oikeuden ja politiikan näkökulmia tasa-arvoon ja yhdenvertaisuuteen (Gaudeamus, 2012, with Kevät Nousiainen and Milja Saari) and Changing State Feminism (Palgrave, 2007, with Joyce Outshoorn).

She is the Editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s Gender and Politics Book Series with Professor Sarah Childs.

Contact: Johanna Kantola, Gender Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, 33014 Tampere University, Finland

Email: johanna.kantola(a)tuni.fi

Tel: + 358 50 437 7045

Home page

Twitter: @johanna_kantola 


Petra Ahrens started as Senior Researcher in the project in January 2019.

Simultaneously, she is Guest Professor at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Antwerp where she teaches Comparative Politics and Gender and Diversity. She received her PhD in Sociology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2014. Her research focuses on gender policies and politics in the European Union and its institutions, transnational civil society organisations, participatory democracy, social politics, political strategies like gender mainstreaming, and gender equality in Germany.

From 2017 to 2018, Ahrens held a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie-Fellowship titled „Effects of Institutional Change on Participatory Democracy and the Involvement of Civil Society Organisations” (DemocInChange) at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Antwerp. From 2014 to 2016, she was assistant professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin at the Department of Social Sciences. She has also worked as free-lance policy consultant for public administration on gender equality and gender mainstreaming since 2006.

Her books include Actors, Institutions, and the Making of EU Gender Equality Programs (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), Gender Equality in Politics – Implementing Party Quotas in Germany and Austria (Springer International, forthcoming 2019, co-authors Katja Chmilewski, Sabine Lang, and Birgit Sauer), and the co-edited volume Gendering the European Parliament: Structures, Policies, and Practices (Rowman&Littlefield, forthcoming 2019, with Lise Rolandsen Agustín). Other publications include ‘The Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in the EP – Taking Advantage of Institutional Power Play’ (Parliamentary Affairs, 2016), the Special Issue ‘20 Years Treaty of Amsterdam – European Equality Policies Revisited’ (Femina Politica, 2016, with Alexandra Scheele and Anna van der Vleuten), and ‘Birth, life and death of policy instruments: 35 years of EU gender equality policy programs’ (West European Politics, 2019, 42(1): 45-66).

Ahrens is co-editor of the new European Journal of Politics and Gender and the German feminist journal Femina Politica.

Email: petra.ahrens(a)tuni.fi

Tel: +358 50 3182300

Homepage at University of Antwerp

Twitter: @petrahrens


Valentine Berthet joined Tampere University and EUGenDem project in September 2018 as PhD student. Previously, she graduated in International law (LL.M) at the University of Kent in 2017 where her research focused on international migration law and gender. She then worked on gender equality issues at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna and as a research assistant at the Institute for European Studies in Brussels. As part of EuGenDem, Berthet studies the European Parliament’s party groups discursive approach to gendered violence and its effect on their (violent) behaviour and (gender) policies.

Email: valentine.berthet(a)tuni.fi

Tel: +358 50 437 7604

Home page

Twitter: @Vale_brt


Anna Elomäki is Senior Researcher in the project. She obtained her PhD in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki in 2012. Elomäki’s research focuses on the intersections of gender, politics and the economy: gendered character and impacts of economic policies and governance, economization of gender equality policies in Finland and in the EU, the changing conditions of feminist movements, and theoretical questions about gender, neoliberalism and economization. Elomäki leads the science communication project Gender Equality Deficit (2016-2017) funded by Kone Foundation, and at the moment she leads Gender Equality in the Budget research project (2017-2018, with Hanna Ylöstalo) funded by the Finnish government.

Elomäki’s publications include ”Economic case for gender equality in the European Union: Selling gender equality for decision-makers and neoliberalism for women’s movements” (European Journal of Women’s Studies, 2015), ”Gender quotas for corporate boards: Depoliticizing gender and the economy” (NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 2017), and ”Feminist Struggles in the Triangle of Neoliberalism, Conservatism and Nationalism” (Social Politics, 2018, with Johanna Kantola).

Email: anna.elomaki(a)tuni.fi

Tel: +358 50 319 9432

Home page

Twitter: @AnnaElomaki


Barbara Gaweda starts as Postdoctoral Researcher in the project in October 2019. She obtained her PhD in Political Science at the University of Edinburgh in 2017. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Social Research of Tampere University 2018-2019, working on gender politics and anti-equality discourses in East-Central Europe. Gaweda’s research focuses on a gendered analysis of political discourses and institutions in parliamentary politics, gender (in)equality, politics of sexuality, nationalism and post-state socialist transformations. She holds an MA in International Studies from the Vienna School of International Studies and a BA in International Relations from York University, Canada. As part of the EuGenDem project, Gaweda studies the European Parliament’s party groups’ policies on the European Pillar of Social Rights from a gender equality perspective.

Gaweda’s publications include “The Recent Uprising against Gender Equality: Exploring the discursive construction of the «war on genderism» in Poland” (Comunicazione Politica – ComPol, 2017); “The Polish Grand Canyon? Gendered cleavages in politics and society” (Old and New Cleavages in Polish Society, Ulrike Guérot and Michael Hunklinger eds., 2019); and “(De)constructing the masculine blueprint: the institutional and discursive consequences of male political dominance” (Politics & Gender, 2018, with Natalie Galea).

Email: barbara.gaweda(at)tuni.fi

Tel: +358 504377564

Twitter: @GawedaBarbara


Cherry Milleris Postdoctoral Researcher in the project. She obtained her ESRC 1+3 PhD in Political Science at the University of Birmingham in 2018. Miller’s research focuses on feminist institutional analysis within Parliaments; methodological and analytical debates within ethnography; and discursive approaches to gender. She holds an MA in Social Research from the University of Birmingham; an MA in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds; and a BA in Political Science from the University of Birmingham. She is currently writing a monograph for Palgrave MacMillan’s Gender and Politics Series entitled: Gendering the Everyday in the UK House of Commons: Beneath the Spectacle.

Email: cherry.miller(a)tuni.fi

tel: +358 50 437 7559

Home page

Twitter: @cherrymmiller


Mikko Saarinen joined EUGenDem project in January 2019 as PhD student and currently works as a research assistant. He is M.Sc. in social anthropology and graduated from Tampere University in 2018. In his thesis he analyzed Finnish security policy regarding undocumented migration and ethnic profiling. He is interested in questions regarding citizenship, gender, ethnicity and racism and their intersections.

As part of the EUGenDem project, his research focuses on the institutional racism in the European Parliament, its gendered aspects and how political party groups and ethnic minority organizations work on the issue.

Email: mikko.saarinen(a)tuni.fi

Tel: +358 50 318 2204

Twitter: @SaarinenMJ

Guest and visiting researchers

Rosalind Cavaghan

Rosalind Cavaghan

Petra Meier

Petra Meier

Emanuela Lombardo

Emanuela Lombardo


Dr Rosalind Cavaghan is Guest Researcher in the project in 2019 (May-October). She combines  academic research with independent  consultancy. Her academic research focuses on two core topics. Firstly, she is interested in how ‘mainstream’ policies shape intersectional gender inequalities throughout the EU. To examine these topics she combines feminist political economy and EU integration theory. Second, she is interested in the gender politics of knowledge and expertise. Who gets  recognized as an expert or is dismissed as ill-informed or as a liar? What are the political and sociological processes shaping these outcomes. As a consultant, she specializes in all aspects of equality. Recent projects have included measuring the ‘effectiveness’ of institutional mechanisms for the promotion of gender equality; delivering gender awareness training for the Scottish Government and examining how to ‘mainstream’ gender in university research strategy more effectively.

Her recent publications include her co-authored contribution to JCMS  Annual Review ‘A Recovery for Whom?’, her monograph ‘Making  Gender Equality Happen, Knowledge Change and REsistance in EU Gender  Mainstreaming’ and her analysis of EU economic policy ‘The Gender  Politics of EU Economic Policy: Policy Shifts and Contestations Before and After the Crisis’.

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Email: r.cavaghan(a)posteo.de


Professor Petra Meier is Visiting Researcher in the project in June 2019. She is Professor in Politics at the Department of Political Science, University of Antwerp. Her research can be summarized as the representation of gender in politics and policies. She has extensively investigated (aspects of) political systems, such as electoral systems, political parties, and federal state architectures, and how these systems or institutions hamper respectively the political participation and representation of women (as well as of other groups). At a more theoretical level she has analysed the concept of political representation, more particularly descriptive and symbolic representation and how the different dimensions of representation relate to each other. With respect to policies her work focuses on the gender bias inherent in public policies, including equality policies. She has extensively researched how frames and discursive constructions undermine gender equality, as well as tools to detect and correct a gender bias, in case of gender mainstreaming processes and instruments. More recent work also investigates the translation of the concept of intersectionality to public policies.

She has published extensively on these topics, amongst which two monographs, and also edited a number of books and special issues of journals. Her recent publications include The Symbolic Representation of Gender (with Emanuela Lombardo, Ashgate 2014) and The Discursive Politics of Gender Equality: Strecthing, Bending and Policymaking (edited with Emanuela Lombardo and Mieke Verloo, Routledge 2009).

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Email: Petra.Meier(a)ua.ac.be


Dr Emanuela Lombardo is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Administration of Madrid Complutense University (Spain). She works on gender equality policies, Europeanization and political representation. In 2010 she received the recognition of ‘outstanding research career’ by the Spanish national agency of evaluation of academic excellence. Since 2018 she has been coordinator of the evaluation of gender research projects in the area of social science for the Spanish ministry of research. She is member of editorial boards of international journals and book series such as Routledge Gender and Comparative Politics; Journal of Women, Politics and Policy; European Journal of Politics & Gender and she coordinates the research group on Gender and Politics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Her latest monographs are Gender and Political Analysis (with Johanna Kantola, Palgrave, 2017) and The Symbolic Representation of Gender (with Petra Meier, Ashgate, 2014). Recent work can be found in European Journal of Political Research, Comparative European Politics, Politics, Gender, Work and Organization, or Social Politics.

Lombardo was a Visiting Researcher in the project in December 2018. During her visit she gave presentation about feminist politics and populist parties in Spain and Finland in EUGenDem’s Feminist Politics and Populism seminar.

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Email: elombard(a)ucm.es

Expert Board for the project


Gabriele Abels, Professor of Comparative Politics and European Integration at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender at Bircbeck, University of London, United Kingdom.

Simon Hix, Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.

Laura Huttunen, Professor of Social Anthropology at the Tampere University, Finland.

Anu Koivunen, Professor of Gender Studies at the Tampere University, Finland.

Emanuela Lombardo, Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the Madrid Complutense University, Spain.

Diana Mulinari, Professor of Gender Studies at the Lund University, Sweden.

Tapio Raunio, Professor of Political Science at the Tampere University, Finland.

Juho Saari, Professor of Social and Health Policy at the Tampere University, Finland.

Mieke Verloo, Professor of Comparative Politics and Inequality Issues at the Radboud University, Netherlands.

Georgina Waylen, Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.