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Prof Teresa Rees  -  CBE AcSS FLSW BA PhD FRSA

Professor Teresa Rees
School:Social Sciences
Research Group:Sexualities & Gender

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 74803
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74175
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Address:School of Social Sciences, Room 2.13, Glamorgan Building King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3WT Wales, UK

Research Interests

  • Inequalities
  • Women and Science policy
  • Gender mainstreaming
  • Labour market analysis
  • Higher education funding policy

I am driven by concerns about the outcomes from inequalities and this has informed the focus of my research. I am particularly interested in an approach to promoting gender equality known as gender mainstreaming. This is based on the theoretical concept of the ‘politics of difference’ and is about embedding a gender dimension into policies and processes, systems and structures. It turns the attention away from individuals and their rights, and from groups and their disadvantages, and focuses instead on how policies and practices can, however inadvertently, reproduce patterns of inequality. Gender mainstreaming seeks to promote gender equality in the organisation, its way of doing things and in its culture. I have worked with a range of bodies and governments in Europe and elsewhere to apply a gender mainstreaming approach in the development of governance, science policies, education, training and labour market policies, regional economic development, the ‘knowledge economy’, social exclusion, transport and sport. My interest in inequalities is wider than gender however, and I was a member of the Government Steering Group to set up the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and of the National Equality Panel that reported in 2010 (Hills et al. 2010) (see publications). I was also a Commissioner in the NIACE inquiry on Learning Through Life.

Most recently my work has focused on women and science policies in Europe, a particular concern of the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission for whom I have acted as an expert adviser. I was rapporteur for a series of international groups of scientists commissioned by the EC to inform policies on recruiting, retaining and making the most of women in science, engineering and technology in the public and private sectors, and to benchmark national policies on women and science. I also assisted in work on ‘measuring excellence’ for the design of the 7th Framework Programme. I am currently an expert adviser on a report on Structural Change in Universities (see projects).

My third more longstanding area of specialism is labour market analysis, especially in Europe and in Wales. This research has looked at the ‘knowledge economy’, learning societies, adult guidance services, gender segregation, equal pay and the labour market. I completed a five year European Commission funded research project on knowledge economies and regional trajectories in 2011 (see projects).

Fourthly, some research has focused on education policy, especially higher education following devolution. I was a Commissioner in the NIACE Inquiry in Lifelong Learning which reported in 2009. The Education and Lifelong Learning Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government invited me to chair two independent investigations on higher education funding to assist the National Assembly for Wales develop its policies, especially in the context of devolution of responsibilities for these matters in the 2005 Education Act (see publications).

Teresa takes some time to discuss her research interests below.

Current Roles

In October 2011, having retired as a full time academic, I start a new (part time) role working to develop strategic relations between the Social Sciences at Cardiff University with those at the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter. This builds on strategic relationships developed between the Universities when I was Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) from 2007-10. I have been a Professor at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences since 2000 and previously at the School for Policy Studies at Bristol University.

In September 2011, I became the new (part time) Director for Wales of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

I am a Visiting Professor at the GEXcel centre of excellence in Sweden, funded by the Swedish Research Council, which is focusing attention on Gender paradoxes in academic and scientific organisations. GEXcel is a joint project of the University of Orebro and Linkoping University. I am making three visits to the University of Orebro in 2011.   

I am joining the Board of the Campaign for the Social Sciences in 2011 as a representative from Wales.