Photograph: Anne Alix le Maignan

World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden - Empowering Women for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

From January 2020, I am the External Collaborator providing gender expertise for developing a strategy and action plan, and advising PhDs and a post doc researching ways of empowering women in ocean science. For more details see here.

European Commission - Expert evaluator

In October 2020 I had my first experience of being a project evaluator for  EC research and innovation proposals. As someone who has worked on gender equality issues in a number of EU funded projects and networks as well as on UN and British Council projects, it was interesting to see how gender is treated and embedded as a cross-cutting theme. Plenty of work still to be done.

EIGE Beijing +25

I was an expert reviewer of Section K on the environment for this report which critically reviewed progress on the Platform's agreed objectives. On women's involvement in climate and other environment policy, progress has been slow. Read the full report here, where the report in Section K can also be found.


Although the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) was established 25 years ago, many of the challenges identified in 1995 remain relevant today (such as the gender pay gap, unequal distribution of unpaid work or experiences of gender-based violence, to name just a few). This report both tracks progress against these long-standing challenges and goes beyond them to assess new challenges that have emerged in recent years, including those brought by digitalisation, recent migration flows and a mounting backlash against gender equality.


I was on the Advisory Board of this project which ran from 2016-2020

Baltic Gender is an EU-funded project that brings together eight scientific institutions in five countries around the Baltic Sea to work on reducing gender inequalities in Marine Science and Technology. The project was funded by the HORIZON 2020 programme under the call for promoting “Gender Equality in Research and Innovation” and the topic of “Support to research organisations to implement gender equality plans” (GERI-4-2015).

For results and publications please see here.

URBAN-WASTE – Urban Strategies for Waste Management in Tourist Cities


I was the gender consultant on this European Union Horizon 2020 research project  2016 - 2019.

The URBAN WASTE project aims to help develop strategies aimed at reducing the amount of municipal waste production as well as strategies to further develop re-use, recycling, collection and disposal of waste. In doing so URBAN-WASTE will adopt and apply the urban metabolism approach to support the switch to a circular model where waste is considered as resource and reintegrated in the urban flow.

The project will develop eco-innovative and gender-sensitive waste prevention and management strategies in cities with high levels of tourism in order to reduce the urban waste production and improve municipal waste management. These strategies will facilitate the reintroduction of waste as a resource into the urban metabolism flows and address waste management, risk prevention and land-use as an integral part of urban development.

For further details please see here.

European Union COST Action: Gender Equality in Science Technology and the Environment.

This project finished in 2016. Please see here for details.

Photograph: U Turn CREATE project

Street Sex Workers in the UK: an analysis of service need and provision’ funded by U Turn Women’s Project 

This research examines how current policies affect the day to day lives of women and by doing so, find out what strategies and facilities women would find useful to either manage their lives better or to safely exit sex work.


Drawing on qualitative and participatory research methods this project interviews service users of charities in the UK, policy makers and law enforcement personnel. 


The results of the project will inform more responsive, service-user focused, local support services, and can also be used to lobby for broader structural and policy changes in the regulation of street sex workers.  (With Dr Monica Degen and Dr Elodie Marandet)


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A PDF copy of the Final Report can be found here: