Professor Sarah Childs
Sarah Childs has published widely on women's political representation over the last decade or so. Her research expertise centres on descriptive and substantive representation, the concept of critical mass, political parties and parliaments, and conservatism, gender and representation. Prof Childs is currently researching feminized institutions with the UK Parliament and political parties, as well as writing a book on substantive representation theory, with Celis. Key articles have been published in Political Studies, Politics and Gender, Parliamentary Affairs and Party Politics. In 2015 she published two co-edited books Gender, Conservatism and Representation and Deeds and Words with ECPR press, with Celis and Campbell respectively. Her most recent monograph is Sex, Gender and the Conservative Party: From Iron Lady to Kitten Heels, 2012, with Paul Webb, Palgrave.
In 2009-10 Professor Childs was the gender Special Adviser to the UK Parliament's 'Speaker's Conference' on representation and in 2014 the Special Adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Group, Women in Parliament Inquiry. In 2015 she received the Political Studies Association 'Special Recognition Award' for her work on women's representation. Having been 'embedded' in the UK House of Commons for the best part of a year, in July 2016 she published The Good Parliament report which outlined necessary reforms to deliver a diversity sensitive UK Parliament. She is currently the special adviser to the newly created Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion.