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Professor Fiona Mackay

Co-Director
University of Edinburgh

Fiona Mackay is Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the impact of reform efforts during periods of restructuring and institutional change, addressing the extent to which global and local institutions of politics and governance may be re/designed to tackle gender inequality and promote gender justice. Her new study Early Days: Building UN Women examines the emergence and early years of the UN's new entity for gender equality (2012-2014). She is also a team member of the new ERC programme Understanding Institutional Change: A Gendered Perspective, led by Prof  Georgina  Waylen ( University of Manchester).
Fiona directed the Gender and Constitutional Change in the UK project (2001-3), funded under the ESRC Devolution and Constitutional Change Programme. She is currently co-organising a knowledge exchange programme of activities (2012-13) entitled Constitutional Futures:Gender Equality Matters in a new Scotland. Funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, the programme aims to inform public debate in the run up to the 2014 Independence referendum.  
Her book, Gender, Politics, and Institutions: Towards a Feminist Institutionalism  (Palgrave Macmillan , 2011) is co edited with Mona Lena Krook.