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University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies


Ms Lisa VickersCambridge Trust Scholarship

Feminist Political Parties: Sustainability, Longevity, and Impacts

Supervisor: Professor Jude Browne (University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies)


The primary question my doctoral research seeks to answer is the following: Are feminist political parties built to last? To answer this question, I will investigate if feminist political parties need to be formed with the intention of permanence in order to address the subject of female representation, under what conditions feminist political parties are most likely to survive, how feminist political parties attempt to represent women, and how grassroots feminist political movements and feminist organizations view themselves as interacting with the state through parties. To complete this research, I plan to run a discourse analysis, engage in participant observation analysis, and conduct interviews with former and current affiliates of feminist political parties in the United Kingdom, Iceland, and Sweden.

Academic Background:

MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies, University of Cambridge (2016-2017)

BA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies / History, University of Connecticut (2011-2015)