GESS researchers

Chief investigators


Associate Professor Fiona Jenkins' contributions have included working on critical conceptions of excellence and developing case studies in philosophy, in collaboration with a network of scholars in the field developed via the workshops. She has expertise in gender and feminist theory, with a focus on articulations of power and knowledge and has been leading a research project on the status of women in philosophy since 2009.



Professor Marian Sawer’s contribution to the project included developing the case study of gendered hierarchies of knowledge within political science and working on the comparative framework for the study of gendered excellence. She brings to the project her extensive experience in status of women research within the political science discipline at both national and international levels. Her first survey was conducted in 1979 and her most recent is the 2014 IPSA Gender Monitoring Survey.



Associate Professor Helen Keane has expertise in feminist theory and gender studies, with a particular interest in embodiment and the politics of scientific knowledge. As a sociologist of health and medicine she has extensive experience in the critical analysis of hierarchies and norms of scientific knowledge, utilising a wide range of feminist approaches. Her contribution to the project included developing case studies in sociology as well as the theory of gendered innovation.


Partner investigator


Professor Claire Donovan analysed the effects of research evaluation and university governance on women’s careers, and therefore what the governance of social science implies for feminist research agendas, theories and methods. She brought to the project her expertise on the governance of social science, conceptions of excellence in assessing research quality and the wider social impacts of research, and Australian and comparative higher education policy. 



Research assistants

Dr Rebecca Pearse

Dr Monica Costa

Dr Karen Downing

Dr Ella Dilkes-Frayne


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