Dr. Guerrina's main research interests are the interface between national, European and international politics, particularly with reference to the role of gender values/norms in shaping policy agendas:
Dr. Guerrina is current taking part in the following multidisciplinary projects:
Dr. Gill Allwood (Nottingham Trent University), Dr. Heather MacRae (York University, Canada) and Dr. Guerrina have been leading this research network since March 2010. This is a multinational research network looking to bring together key scholars of gender EU studies, looking at the gender impact on EU policies.
The initial work of the network was published as a special issue of Women's Studies International Forum in 2013. As part of the network she has also organised two conferences at the University of Surrey. The 2014 conference - Sex, Gender and Europe - showcased the work of the network and set out the agenda for the development of a Feminist approach to European Union Studies.
The aim of this project is to explore competing understandings of 'international intervention', i.e. efforts by 'The Global North' to influence the course of events in 'The Global South', in terms of when and how it occurs, what it is meant to achieve, and whether it succeeds. Dr Guerrina is responsible for organising the workshop on Women, Peace and Security.
The aim of this seminar series is to explore the challenges austerity places on the full implementation of the work-life balance agenda. The seminar series brings together academics, practitioners, and employers in order to explore the complex web of social and economic forces at work in promoting employment rights and equality in the context crisis.
Completed Research Projects:
The Project is coordinated by Prof. Martyn Barrett (University of Surrey). It is a 36 months project (March 2009-April 2012), looking at multi-level processof civic and political engagement and participation in traditionally marginal groups: women, youths, migrants and minorities.
Dr Guerrina is coordinator of Work Package 2, providing detailed policy analysis of current European and national approaches to active citizenship and promoting political participation.
This is a multidisciplinary network looking at the normative dimension of motherhood in Europe. It is coordinated by Prof. Gill Rye (School of Advanced Studies, University of London)
The network is funded by the ESRC
Contemporary Western European Society; The idea of Europe; Women in Italy; Contemporary Italian politics; Gender and IR; Human Rights in Europe.
2009-14 Head of Department/School
2013 Unit of Assessment Leader, REF 2014
2008/09 PGT Programme Director
2008 Acting PGR Programme Director
2003/08 UG Programme Director
2004/06 Senior Placement Tutor
British International Studies Association;
University Association for Contemporary European Studies;
Political Studies Association;
International Studies Association
The European Union is seen to operate at the international level by promoting ideas and values, rather than by exerting military or economic power. As a gender actor, the EU has played a key role in the development of formal equality, which is presented as a foundational principle of European integration. It therefore follows that normative power Europe should seek to promote these values in external affairs. This article interrogates the role of the EU as a normative gender actor in relation to its implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, set out in UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and related resolutions. Documentary analysis will be supplemented by a detailed assessment of speeches and public statements about the role of the EU as a gender actor in external affairs. This data will be used to assess whether there is a disjuncture between the dominant narrative about gender equality as a fundamental value of the EU and the actions of the organization. It will also allow us to assess whether gender mainstreaming is a tool for public diplomacy or has made a significant change to the way the external relations agenda is formulated and implemented. Additionally, the article will draw attention to the institutional obstacles to the EU performing a role as a gender actor in external affairs. It identifies a critical tension between framing the WPS resolutions as an extension of the EU's equality on the one hand, and understanding that gender mainstreaming is a mere policy tool in international affairs. In doing so, it highlights how competing institutional demands can ultimately undermine core values (e.g. equality) when they are used instrumentally.
This paper presents a critical assessment of the unintended consequences of gender mainstreaming when applied to European external relations. It seeks to address two distinct but interrelated questions: 1) has gender mainstreaming, as a strategy and political objective, fulfilled its potential? and 2) what kind of gender order is emerging in the context of a wider European equality agenda, which includes external relations within its remit. Using discourse analysis it will identify the dominant gender discourses in European external relations and foreign policy documents and compare this to the overarching aims of equality principles enshrined within the Treaties. It will look specifically at the European Neighbourhood Policy as it provides a useful starting point and areas of comparison given its similarity, in terms of power relations between the EU and third countries, to the process of enlargement.
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