Sarah is a Manager in Digital at PwC, previously working for a Microsoft consultancy and IBM. As a tech-enthusiast and girls’ rights advocate, Sarah is particularly interested in the role of technology to advance the rights of women and young girls. As a current 30% Club Scholar at the University of Cambridge, Sarah is researching gender diversity within social innovation and how gender parity can be achieved across industries. Sarah has worked with multiple girls’ rights organisations including Plan International and Girl Rising and currently sits on the Board of Australian not-for-profit, CARAD, with the ambition of providing access to an equal education for young girls from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Venera is a freelance journalist and researcher based in Bucharest. She is completing her PhD in nihilism and contemporary feminist theory at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy. She is also writing about revenge porn and online social behaviour. She taught children in schools about online abuse and played several performance art pieces on gender inequality issues. She has a particular interest in gender relations in the digital world.
Carolina is an Analyst at RAND Europe working on areas of innovation, health and science. Previously, she was a Journal Manager at Frontiers, an Open Access publisher, where she launched 3 new peer-reviewed Journals: Sustainable Food Systems, Forests and Global Change and Sustainable Cities. Carolina has also worked with the UK Government on policies for implementing agri-environment schemes nationwide and has done consultancy work in a variety of projects. Carolina has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, which focused on optimizing the use of crop waste material for the bioenergy and food industries. Previously, she spent some time in India researching the sustainability of reptile farming for her MSc degree from Imperial College London. Coming from a scientific, publishing and policy background, Carolina brings insights from a wide variety of experiences. These experiences have enriched her perspective on the role of gender in different contexts.
Carmela works as researcher at Antinoo Arcigay Napoli, as a part of XENIA - European project aiming to develop innovative and integrated tools for European higher education institutions to evaluate levels of inclusiveness and better address the needs of sexual and gender minorities, protect their fundamental rights, and enhance their academic opportunities.
Having long worked in LGBTQ+ and civil rights activism, Carmela also acts as coordinator of Migra-Antinoo, one of Arcigay’s offices for LGBTIQ asylum claimers. They have a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Scenario Analysis. Their BA dissertation, which looked at migration across the Mediterranean and the rights of LGBTQ+ migrants was published in 2019. Their Master’s level research assessed the LGBTIQ Strategic Plan adopted by the Maltese Government.
Dr Iole Fontana
Iole is a political scientist and a researcher at the University of Catania. She has a PhD in Institutions, Politics and Policies and has been a visiting researcher at the London School of Economics and at the Université Hassan II in Casablanca. She has worked as a research intern for the Delegation of the European Union in Tunisia and is specialized on EU politics and Euro-Mediterranean relations. Her first book has recently been published by Routledge. Her academic research currently focuses on migration, organized crime and migrant smuggling, asylum, development cooperation, EU external policies and (cyber-) security. She has a great interest in gender issues, policies and dynamics in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
Nathalie has worked in women's rights since 2015. Her career has focused on the field of violence against women. She is currently completing a Juris Doctor degree at Cornell Law School in the USA, where she specialises in international human rights and works with survivors of gender-based violence around the world. Prior to starting law school, Nathalie worked in the European Parliament's Equality and Diversity Unit, where she drafted and implemented gender equality policy. Nathalie has been published in various news media on the topic of gender equality, including the Huffington Post, the EU Observer, and the F Word, and she also appeared in a Channel 5 documentary on rape. Nathalie is honoured to have been a Research Associate for GenPol since 2017.
Laura is a Colombian criminologist who recently completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge. She holds a Bachelor’s in European Union Law (LL.B.) with a minor in Criminal Justice and Human Rights, as well as a Master’s in Global Criminology (MA) and one in Criminological Research (MPhil). Her academic work has explored issues of gender, environmental justice, policing and state-community relations. Her advocacy work has centred on mental health in academia, with a particular focus on the challenges faced by women researchers.
Jushya works for Indian charity Jagori on women's rights. She graduated from SOAS, University of London, with a Masters degree in Globalisation and Development. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. She identifies as feminist and her professional interest lies in working in the field of gender and development. She has previously worked on various women-centered development projects and extensively researched gender-based violence and women's empowerment for her Masters thesis: 'Aiding and abetting violence against women: A comparative analysis of Modi's India and Trump's America'.
James Mc Cann
James works in education as a language teacher. He has been a volunteer with the GREAT initiative since 2016, running workshops for boys on masculinity, mental health, homophobia, violence and pornography. His main interest is in social justice and he is in the process of starting an organisation that will encourage men to engage with feminist issues in the workplace.
Caitlyn works as Content Manager for the Raspberry Pi Foundation. She is completing a Masters degree in Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge, where her academic research focuses on community enterprise and gender empowerment.
She has two bachelors degrees, having studied archaeology at the University of British Columbia, and law at SOAS. After completing her law degree, Caitlyn worked for human rights charities, and in the pro bono department of law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Her interest in education as a means of social change led her to complete the Teach First Program. She taught in an inner London secondary school for four years and was head of the secondary school computer science department.
Tobias is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Woolf Institute and a College Research Associate at King’s College, Cambridge. He received his PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Cambridge, where he is affiliated post-doctoral researcher. He is teaching 19th and 20th century political thought, including feminist theory, and supervises for the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies. He has a strong research interest in intersectional analysis focusing on gender, class, race and religion. His latest research project investigates masculinities among strictly observant religious groups in North London. Dedicated to champion inclusive access to world class education, he has been a board member of the free online learning platform Serlo
Mauro Pinto holds a PhD in Public Economics from the University of Napoli L'Orientale and has been working on labour market policies and welfare change as part of a two-year post-doc project at the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. His current research focuses on highly educated workers and gender inequality in the labour market. He has been involved in several Italian social movements and is interested in regional divides, wealth and educational inequalities, radical democracy and neo-municipalism practices.
Stella recently graduated from the University of Cambridge, defending a dissertation on sexual consent and social power. During her time at university she was also President of her college’s feminist society, which ran weekly events focussed on gender injustice. She is particularly interested in digital gender based violence and epistemic injustice, and how those issues intersect.
Lily works in the international development sector for Plan International, an INGO that works to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. At Plan, Lily works on gender-transformative global partnerships. She is particularly interested in the intersections of youth activism, gender, race, mental health, as well as climate justice and animal rights. She is currently pursuing a part-time MA in Human Rights at UCL, after having graduated in 2017 from the University of Cambridge in Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Antonia is a social science researcher focusing on gender equality and diversity. Specifically, she conducted her doctoral research on men’s support for gender equality at the University of Exeter. Her paper on the Support for Gender Equality among Men Scale was published in the European Journal of Social Psychology. Currently, she is working for OCR, Cambridge Assessment. Her research aims to improve the fairness and accessibility of nation-wide examination papers. Antonia further has applied work experience in Diversity & Inclusion. In the past, she worked for the Equal Opportunities office at the European Council. Now, she is part of Cambridge Assessment’s working group aiming to improve the company’s Diversity & Inclusion policies. Moreover, Antonia enjoys engaging the wider public on the topic of gender equality. She is founder and author of the award-winning website Equilibrium, and regularly holds talks and workshops on gender equality.
Ciara is a consultant at Rocket Sciences, a policy and research consultancy focusing on employability and education; poverty and welfare; health, social care and wellbeing; and charities and civil society. She graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, with an undergraduate degree in philosophy, defending a dissertation on 'Feminist Practice and the Concept of Woman: Towards a Trans-Inclusive Concept of Woman within Feminism'. During her time as Trinity Hall’s Women's Officer, she campaigned for better support for survivors of sexual harassment, led consent workshops. She is very passionate about women's engagement in sport, in particular football, and sees it as important to challenge this male dominated space.
Ilaria is a lawyer by training and an expert in EU affairs and EU law. She is currently based in Brussels where she collaborates with EU Institutions and European NGOs working on women rights and LGBTI rights. Ilaria is also a passionate lesbian feminist activist with years of experience in campaigning, community building and advocacy at local, national and European level. She one of the founders and Team member of EL*C, EuroCentralAsian Lesbian* Community, an NGO working for the building of a strong, inclusive and empowering network for lesbians in Europe and Central Asia.
During her PhD at the University of Cambridge, Anna trained as a virologist, where she developed thermostable vaccines holding the potential to increase access to vaccination programs around the world. To broaden her understanding of global health, she sought out health policy research experience through think tanks Polygeia and Gender&Policy Insights investigating surrogacy laws and digital gender-based violence. Anna is due to begin the next phase of her training in Medicine at the University of Oxford in September 2020. In the future, she aims to use her research to inform preventative health policy, and empower individuals and local communities to deliver better healthcare for all.