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Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life Annual Public Lecture: Rethinking Representation: Gender, Power and Politics in the UK: Dr Meryl Kenny

Venue: Online

To help celebrate 50 years of Birkbeck Politics, this year's CBPL Annual Academic Lecture looks at the issue of gender, power and politics with a lecture from one of the UK's foremost academics in this area, Dr Meryl Kenny. Meryl's research interests bridge the intersection of gender politics, party politics, territorial politics, and institutional approaches to the study of politics. Her current research focuses on two main areas: gender and political recruitment, and feminist institutional theory.

Chaired by Dr. Ben Worthy

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  • Dr. Meryl Kenny -

    Meryl Kenny is Senior Lecturer in Gender and Politics at the University of Edinburgh, Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Social and Political Science, and Co-Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change (2021-22). She joined the subject area of Politics and International Relations in August 2015, having held previous positions at the University of Leicester and the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). 

    At Edinburgh, Meryl also convenes the Gender Politics Research Group (in Semester 2, 2021/22), which hosts the genderpol blog (@genderpol on Twitter). She sits on the steering group of the University's genderED initiative. She is also a member of the steering group of the cross-party Women5050 campaign for legal gender quotas in Scotland.

    Meryl is Co-Director of the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN), based at Edinburgh, and co-editor of the book series Studies in Feminist Institutionalism with Oxford University Press . She was Associate Editor of The British Journal of Politics & International Relations (2019-21) and Scottish Affairs (2015-19); and currently sits on the editorial advisory boards of Political Studies Review and Politics & Gender. In 2021, she received the UK Political Studies Association's Richard Rose Prize, awarded to a younger scholar who has made a distinctive contribution to the study of British politics.