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Our Visiting Faculty are a valuable resource, bringing expertise from the worlds of journalism, academia, business and big data to bear on select GIWL projects.


Jeanette Ashe

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

Dr Jeanette Ashe is the Chair of the Political Science Department at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. Her research interests include political recruitment, political parties, representation, and gender and politics. She is the author of Political Candidate Selection: Who wins, Who Loses and Under-representation in the UK (Routledge, 2020) and is published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Party Politics, British Politics, and the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. She has advised MPs in drafting legislation on electronic petitioning and gender equity and has appeared before Parliament as an expert witness on gender and political representation.


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Sarah Childs

Visiting Professor

Sarah Childs is Professor of Politics and Gender at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research centres on the theory and practice of women’s representation, gender and political parties, parliaments and institutional change. She has published three research books (New Labour’s Women MPs 2004, Women and British Party Politics, 2008, and Sex Gender and the Conservative Party, 2012 with Webb). A fourth book Feminist Democratic Representation is forthcoming with Celis. Childs is also the author of The Good Parliament Report following a secondment to the House of Commons, and in 2019 advosed the UK Women and Equalities Committee. In 2015 she received the UK Political Studies Association ‘Special Recognition Award’.


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Cordelia Fine

Visiting Professor

Cordelia Fine is a psychologist and Professor in the History & Philosophy of Science programme at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of A Mind of its Own and Delusions of Gender (a Guardian and London Evening Standard book of the year and a Washington Post non-fiction Book of the year).Her most recent book, Testosterone Rex, won the 2017 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize. She has written on gender bias in science in publications including Science, the Lancet, Scientific American and the New York Times.

She was the recipient of the 2018 Edinburgh Medal, a prestigious award that recognises scientists who have excelled in their field and contributed significantly to our understanding of humanity.



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Carrie Gracie

Visiting Professor

In a BBC career spanning more than three decades, Carrie Gracie has served as China Editor and Beijing Bureau Chief, as well as a presenter on the BBC News Channel and host of weekly BBC World Service programme The Interview.

In January 2018, Gracie left her post as BBC China Editor in protest at unequal pay. In June 2018, she won an apology and pay parity from the BBC. She donated all her back pay to the gender equality charity the Fawcett Society to help low-paid women facing pay discrimination. She continues to serve as a BBC News presenter and as a member of the BBC Women group.


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Zabeen Hirji

Visiting Professor

Zabeen Hirji was Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the Royal Bank of Canada Group Executive in Toronto from 2007 to 2017. She is now Board Chair of CivicAction, Global Advisor for Futures Work at Deloitte and Special Advisor to the Clerk of the Canadian government’s Privy Council on Diversity and Inclusion. She is a prominent advocate and spokesperson for diversity and inclusion in Canadian business and has received numerous awards for championing the advancement of women and minorities. She holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University and received their Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. In 2016 she was recognized with Canada's Meritorious Service Medal for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion.

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Anne Laure Humbert

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

Dr Anne Laure Humbert is a Reader in Gender and Diversity and Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy, Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University. Anne has worked extensively on developing methodologies and indicators for measuring gender equality in multiple settings. She specialises in applying advanced quantitative methods to comparative social and economic analysis. She has previously held positions at Cranfield University and Middlesex University London.  

Recent and current projects include looking at the impact of gender and diversity in STEM research teams, implementing gender equality plans in universities across Europe, gender, pay and working condition in nursing for the Royal College of Nursing and assessing the feasibility of creating an award or certification system for gender equality in Europe. Some recent publications include: “A rights-based approach to board quotas and how hard sanctions work for gender equality”, European Journal of Women's Studies 2019, with Kelan and Clayton-Hathway; and “The perils of gender beliefs for men leaders as change agents for gender equality” European Management Review 2018, with Kelan and van den Brink.



Arantxa Lopetegui 

Visiting Professor

Arantxa Elizondo has been a Professor in the Department of Political Science of the University of the Basque Country since 1991. She is Co-director of the Master's degree in Equality of Women and Men (since 2000), and she was Director of the International Election Observation Postgraduate of the University of the Basque Country (2013-2015). She was the General Secretary of the Basque Institute of Women, Basque Government (2009-2012). She was member of the committee appointed by the Basque parliament to prepare the proposal of the new Statute of the Basque Country (2018-2020). She is currently the President of the Spanish Association of Political Science, AECPA (since 2017). 

Her main research fields are feminist studies and equality policies. She has published several works on public policies of equality and political behavior and participation of women. She has also taken part in research projects on functioning of Public Administrations. She is member of the team that carries out a research project funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness on equality policies in universities.


Joni Lovenduski 

Visiting Professor

Joni Lovenduski is professor emerita at Birkbeck College London. An internationally acclaimed scholar, her research focuses on gender, politics and political institutions.

Her awards include the Gender and Politics Award of the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Gender and Politics (2009), the UK Political Studies Association’s Sir Isaiah Berlin prize for lifetime achievement in political studies (2013) and the European Consortium for Political Research award for outstanding achievement in political science (2017). Her book Political Recruitment: Gender, Race and Class was awarded the American Political Science Association George H. Hallett 2018 prize for a pathbreaking book that is still influential ten years after publication. She received an honorary Doctor of Science in Social Science degree from the University of Edinburgh University in 2017.

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Fiona Mactaggart

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

Fiona Mactaggart is a British Labour Party politician and former primary school teacher. She was the MP for Slough from 1997 until 2017. Prior to this she was a councillor and Leader of the Labour Group on Wandsworth Council from 1988 to 1990, becoming a lecturer in Primary Education at the Institute of Education and Chair of Liberty from 1992 to 1997. In parliament, Mactaggart  served at the Home Office as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities under Labour leader Ed Miliband. Mactaggart has a BA in English from King's College, an MA from the Institute of Education and a PGCE from Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2018 she was appointed Chair of the Fawcett Society. 



Tracy Osborn

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

Tracy Osborn is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Iowa and a Senior Faculty Fellow in the Iowa Public Policy Center. Her work focuses on electing women to office and how women legislate once elected. Her book, How Women Represent Women: Political Parties, Gender, and Representation in the State Legislatures, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. She has also published in journals such as Politics & GenderLegislative Studies Quarterly and Political Research Quarterly, among others. Her current work examines groups who recruit women candidates to run for office.


Jonathan Rankin

Visiting Research Fellow

Jonathan Rankin is a Software Engineer who specialises in data. Having completed his Masters in Computer Science at the University of Bristol in 2015, he joined the Guardian on a graduate scheme, where he has worked ever since. 

As well as writing code, Jonathan is a skilled data analyst, who loves finding the story in data sets and creating visualisations to make data accessible. 

He was a founding member of the Contributions team at the Guardian, which is the team responsible for getting as many readers as possible to support the Guardian with a financial contribution. Although an engineer by title, he performed a multi-role job on the team, being heavily involved in setting strategy, making product decisions and the data science that drove the teams AB testing methodology. He has recently started a dual Engineering/Product Management role on the new Data Delivery team, which has been spun up with the aim of remodelling the Guardian's data in order to maximise it's value to the business. 


Mary Ann Sieghart

Visiting Professor

Mary Ann Sieghart has spent most of her life as a journalist and broadcaster. She was at The Times for nearly 20 years, as Assistant Editor, Comment Editor, Arts Editor and political columnist, and has also worked at the Financial TimesThe Economist and The Independent. She presents programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. She spent 2018-19 as a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, researching and writing a book about women and authority – how and why we still take women less seriously than men – and is currently a Senior Academic Visitor at Oriel. She also chairs the non-partisan Social Market Foundation think tank and is a trustee and chair of the investment committee of The Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian and The Observer. She is senior trustee of the Kennedy Memorial Trust and has sat on the boards of Tate Modern, Ofcom’s Content Board, the Heritage Lottery Fund and three large FTSE-quoted investment trusts.


Victor Sojo

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

Dr Victor Sojo is a Lecturer in Leadership at the Centre for Workplace Leadership, the University of Melbourne. Victor’s research is multidisciplinary and intersectional. He focusses on factors that facilitate and hinder gender equality in occupational and sport contexts, such as harassment, work-family conflict and unconscious bias. He also studies diversity management strategies, leadership development/emergence, and the impact of gender inequality on public health outcomes.

Victor has worked extensively with public and private sector organisations, conducting research, training and consulting. His research and thought leadership has been published in top-tier journals such as Leadership Quarterly, Psychology of Women Quarterly and the Lancet among others.

He completed a BSc in Industrial/Organisational Psychology, a MSc in Health Psychology, and a PhD in Psychology at Melbourne University.