Prof Teresa Rees - CBE AcSS
Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 74803 / +44 (0)29 208 70659
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Address:Room 2.13 Glamorgan Building, or Room 0.46 Main Building
- Gender mainstreaming
- Women and science policy in Europe
- Labour market analysis
- Higher education funding policy
I am particularly interested in an approach to promoting gender equality known as gender mainstreaming. This is based on the theoretical concept of the ‘politics of difference’ and is about embedding a gender dimension into policies and processes, systems and structures. It turns the attention away from individuals and their rights, and from groups and their disadvantages, and focuses instead on how policies and practices can, however inadvertently, reproduce patterns of inequality. Gender mainstreaming seeks to promote gender equality in the organisation, its way of doing things and in its culture. I have worked with a range of bodies and governments in Europe and elsewhere to apply a gender mainstreaming approach in the development of governance, education, training and labour market policies, regional economic development, the ‘knowledge economy’, social exclusion, transport and sport.
Most recently my work has focused on women and science policies in Europe, a particular concern of the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission for whom I have acted as an expert adviser. I was rapporteur for a series of international groups of scientists commissioned by the EC to inform policies on recruiting, retaining and making the most of women in science, engineering and technology in the public and private sectors, and to benchmark national policies on women and science. I also assisted in work on ‘measuring excellence’ for the design of the 7th Framework Programme.
My third more longstanding area of specialism is labour market analysis, especially in Europe and in Wales. This research has looked at the ‘knowledge economy’, learning societies, adult guidance services, gender segregation, equal pay and the labour market.
Fourthly, some recent research has focused on education policy, especially higher education. The Education and Lifelong Learning Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government invited me to chair two independent investigations on higher education funding to assist the National Assembly for Wales develop its policies, especially in the context of devolution of responsibilities for these matters in the 2005 Education Act. The evidence-based recommendations, for example the reintroduction of maintenance grants, and the introduction of deferred flexible fees and the National Bursary Scheme, have now been implemented.