Professor Judith Squires

Professor Judith Squires

Professor Judith Squires
DVC and Provost

Beacon House, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1QU,
Beacon House, Queens Road, Bristol
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Judith Squires is Professor of Political Theory.  She is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at the University of Bristol, having taken up this role in January 2019.  Prior to this she was Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students at the University of Bristol (2013-18), the Dean of the Faculty Social Sciences and Law (2009-2013) and Head of the Department of Politics (2006-9).  She was a member of the REF Politics and International Studies sub-panel 2014, and member Council for the ESRC (2014-18), having previously served as a member of the ESRC Training and Skills Committee (2010-13) and been a member of the ESRC Impact Network.  She is Chair of the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership Board and a member of Bristol's Festival of Ideas Advisory Board.  She is a founding member of the Bristol Learning City Partnership Board.   She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FacSS) and of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). 






Gender in Political Theory (Polity Press, 1999) established the central importance of gendered analyses to theoretical debates concerning equality, representation and citizenship. Subsequent publications have interrogated each of these debates further, articulating a theory of democratic citizenship that is sensitive to emergent theoretical and policy developments pertaining to gender. Recent research focuses on the changing ways in which gender equality is conceived within liberal democracies, mapping the emergence of women’s policy agencies, gender mainstreaming and gender quotas as three particularly important manifestations of contemporary equality strategies. Publications on women’s policy agencies include articles in Representation, Politics and Gender, Parliamentary Affairs, and British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

My publications on quotas include the co-authored EOC Report, a Stockholm Working Paper, and articles in British Journal of Political Science, British Politics, European Political Science, Feminist Theory and Parliamentary Affairs. Publications on mainstreaming include articles in Social Politics, Cahiers du Genre and Femina Politica. The analyses of these three equality strategies were drawn together in The New Politics of Gender Equality (Palgrave, 2007). Contributions to broader debates concerning innovations in democratic theory, focusing on the challenges of multiculturalism and the potentiality of deliberative democracy, include articles in Socio-Legal Studies and Theoria.

Recent research focuses on the theorization of, and policy responses to, multiple equality strands, with a particular focus on the potential for single equality bodies to engage with issues of intersectionality. This research area has generated publications in Political Quarterly and International Feminist Journal of Politics. An edited collection entitled Institutionalising Intersectionality, which arises out of a European Consortium of Political Research workshop (co-directed with Hege Skjeie, Oslo) was published by Palgrave in 2012.


Judith Squires has advised over twenty PhD. students to successful completion including: Lydia Morgan, State Secrets and the idea of the UK as constitutionally liberal; Nina Marshall, Development and Disability Mainstreaming; Rachel Minto, Gender Mainstreaming and Human Rights; Rosa Malley, Representation of Women in Westminster and the Scottish Parliament; Carole Sparey, Mainstreaming Gender in Development Policy 2008; Penny Griffin, The Sexual Configuration of International Relations 2006; Laura Shepherd, The Impact of Armed Conflict on Women and Girls 2006 (published as Gender, Violence and Security, Zed Book 2008); Johanna Kantola, Gender and the discursive construction of access to the state 2004 (published as Feminists Theorize the State, Palgrave 2006) Charlotte Hooper, Hegemonic Masculinities in World Politics 1997 (published as Manly States Columbia University Press, 2001).

She has also mentored ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow Mona Lena Krook, Politicizing Representation: Campaigns to Increase Women's Political Presence Worldwide 2005 (published as Quotas for Women in Politics, Oxford University Press 2010) and Wendy Martineau (PhD Univesrity of Wales), Towards Equal Dialogue: Justice and Communication Within and Between Cultures.

Key publications

  1. Squires, J & Kantola, J, 2010, ‘The New Politics of Equality’. in: C Hay (eds) New Directions in Political Science: Responding to the Challenges of an Interdependent World. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 89 - 108
  2. Squires, J, 2009, ‘Intersecting Inequalities: Britain's Equality Review’. International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol 11 (4)., pp. 496 - 512
  3. Squires, J, Lovenduski, J & Krook, ML, 2009, ‘Gender Quotas and Models of Political Citizenship’. British Journal of Political Science, vol 39., pp. 781 - 803
  4. Squires, J, 2008, ‘The Constitutive Representation of Gender: Extra-Parliamentary Re-Presentations of Gender Relations’. Representation, vol 44., pp. 187 - 204
  5. Squires, J, 2008, ‘Intersecting Inequalities: reflecting on the subjects and objects of equality’. Political Quarterly, vol 79., pp. 53 - 61

Latest publications

  1. Squires, JA, Kriszan, A & Skjeie, H, 2014, ‘The changing nature of European equality regimes: explaining convergence and variation’. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, vol 30., pp. 53-68
  2. Kantola, J & Squires, J, 2012, ‘From state feminism to market feminism?’. International political science review, vol 33., pp. 382-400
  3. Martineau, W & Squires, J, 2012, ‘Addressing the 'Dismal Disconnection': Normative Theory, Empirical Inquiry and Dialogic Research’. Political studies, vol 60., pp. 523-538
  4. Squires, J, 2012, ‘Feminism and Democracy’. in: Edwin Amenta, Kate Nash, Alan Scott (eds) Political Sociology. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 466 - 477
  5. Constanza, H & Squires, J, 2012, ‘Institutionalising Intersectionality in the 'Big Three': The Change Equality Framework in France, Germany and Britain’. in: Andrea Krizsan, Hege Skjeie, JA Squires (eds) Institutionalizing Intersectionality. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 89-118

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