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Professor Sarah Childs

Bristol University

Sarah Childs is Professor of Politics and Gender in the Department of Politics at Bristol University. Her research centres on the relationships between sex, gender and politics. It is concerned, both theoretically and empirically, with questions of women's descriptive, symbolic and substantive representation. She has written extensively on women's political representation since 1997, especially the feminization of British political parties, women's political recruitment to the House of Commons, the substantive representation of women, and women, politics and the media. Current research projects include 'Gender and the Conservative Party' (funded by the ESRC) and 'Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament' (funded by the Leverhulme Trust).