Aotearoa/New Zealand Gender in Politics Report

Advancing the Status of Women in Political Science and International Relations in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Stemming from a one day workshop in 2012 to assess the status and progress of women in the academic discipline of political studies, this report brings global research to bear on the status of women in political science and international relations in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

It presents the findings of the first comprehensive survey of the representation of women in NZ political science: an under-representation of women as graduate students, as faculty (particularly senior faculty), and as the subject of academic analysis within the curriculum.

This reflects the larger, established trend of women’s lack of parity as academics internationally.

Particular emphasis in the report is placed on structural impediments to progression toward gender parity, in addition to barriers individually faced.

As such, the report takes the empirical data as a way to identify structurally-entrenched and often invisible impediments to women’s equality in academia.

A number of promising recommendations to improve understanding of, and overcome barriers to women’s advancement within the discipline of political science and international relations in Aotearoa/New Zealand were also arrived at and are presented in this work.

Initial funding was provided by the New Zealand Political Studies Association / Te Kāhui Tātai Tōrangapū o Aotearoa.

You can read the full report here.

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