Gender Equality – a priority for ICLD

At ICLD, we believe in the importance of equal representation. Therefore, our Advisory Group composed of leading scholars from all over the world, has always been equally composed with 50% men and 50% women. This is important because science and research in general should reflect how the world looks.

These women are leading social and political scientists that contribute with their research and knowledge to a better understanding of how local democracy can contribute to improve people’s livelihoods. Thanks to them but also to the strong collaboration between this diverse group of people, a remarkable body of work has been produced over the years. They have contributed with a unique understanding on the impact of our programs for gender equality, many of them are experienced in conducting fieldwork and they have published work of excellent quality.  

The women in ICLD Advisory Group:

Amalinda Savirani

Professor of Political Science at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia

Annika Björkdahl

Professor, Department of Political Science, Lund University

Tomila Lankina

Professor of International Relations, at London School of Economics, UK

Valeria Guarneros-Meza

Reader in Public Policy and Politics, at De Montfort University, UK


We also would like to highlight the achievements of the women in our Advisory Group.  Here are some of their latest work:  

Annika Björkdahl & Somun-Krupilja Lejla (2018). Global talk – Local walk, SDG#5 on Gender Equality. 

Amalinda Savirani & Aspinall Edward (2017). Adversarial Linkages: The Urban Poor and Electoral Politics in Jakarta. Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 36(3), 3–34. 

Tomila Lankina & Gordon, Claire & Slava, Svitlana. (2017). Regional Development in Ukraine: Priority Actions in Terms of Decentralization. 

Pill, Madeleine, and Valeria Guarneros-Meza(2020). ‘The Everyday Local State? Opening up and Closing down Informality in Local Governance’. Local Government Studies 46 (4): 542–63.  

  
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