Alison Woodward

Prof. Dr. Alison Woodward

Senior Associate Researcher
+32 2 629 1065


Alison E. Woodward (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is Research Professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and co-director of RHEA, the Center for Gender Studies and Diversity Research. Since 2007 she is a Senior Associate of the Institute for European Studies. Her research interests are in the field of comparative European Union public policy and organization, especially in the areas of civil society transnational mobilization, gender, migration, and equality.

As professor or senior researcher she has been affiliated with the Universities of Uppsala, Antwerp and Brussels, Ruhr University, Wayne State University, Rutgers University, the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Working as a policy consultant she has assisted the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the United Nations and the Flemish government, and is frequently relied upon for expert contributions relating to social exclusion, gender and politics. An active member of the European Consortium for Political Research section on European Union Politics, she has convened the stream on Diversity, Gender and European Integration at the bi-annual conferences in Bologna, Istanbul and Riga.

She is the Belgian coordinator for the Research Network Gender and the State funded by the European Science Foundation and the National Science Foundation, Belgian representative in the COST A-34 network on European Gender and Well-Being, and in the ATHENA EU Training and Education 3B network on gender and public policies. She was a scientific coordinator of the COST Action Conference European Social Movements and Well-Being at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam in March 2009


  • WOODWARD, Alison E., SHAHIN, J. & TERZIS, G.. 2012. The impact of the crisis on civil society organisations in the EU: Risks and opportunities, Brussels: European Economic and Social Committee
  • WOODWARD, Alison E., BONVIN, Jean-Michel & RENOM, Mercè. 2011. Transforming Gendered Well-Being in Europe: The Impact of Social Movements, Surrey: Ashgate
  • WOODWARD, Alison E., CASIER, I, VAN DEN BRANDT, E. & DE METSENAERE, M.. 2011. Babes, Bitches en Business, Brussels: Vrije Universiteit Brussel Press


  • WOODWARD, Alison E. & VAN DER VLEUTEN, A.. 2014. The EU and gender norms, in VAN DER VLEUTEN, Anna, VAN EERDERWIJK, Annouka & ROGGEMAN, Conny, Mapping gender norm dynamics. Gender, regions and norms, Houndsmill,Basingstoke:Palgrave –Macmillan, p. 67-93
  • WOODWARD, Alison E.. 2014. Gender in European politics, in MAGONE, José M., Routledge Handbook of European Politics, London: Routledge, p. 844-857
  • WOODWARD, Alison E.. 2013. Good and less good practice in scientific decision-making: the role of quota, in TÁNCZOS, Judit, Woman Up! Political, business and academic perspectives on women’s representation: A transatlantic gender dialogue, Brussels: Foundation for European Progressive Studies, p. 107-117
  • WOODWARD, Alison E., CASIER, I, VAN DEN BRANDT, E. & DE METSENAERE, M.. 2012. High qualified women and the gendered division of domestic labour: an exploratory analysis from the field of photonics, in MAYES, David G. & THOMSON, Mark, The Costs of Children: Parenting and Democracy in Contemporary Europe, Edward Elgar, p. 250-267
  • WOODWARD, Alison E.. 2012. Building velvet triangles: Gender and informal governance, in CHEW, William L. & MOSSELMANS, Bert, Vesalius College 25 years of academic excellence in teaching and research, Brussels: Academic & Scientific Publishers (VUB-press), p. 145-170
  • WOODWARD, Alison E.. 2012. From Equal Treatment to Gender Mainstreaming and Diversity Management, in ABELS, Gabriele & MUSHABEN, J., Gendering the European Union, Basingstoke, Hampshire, Palgrave Press, p. 85-103
  • WOODWARD, Alison E., CASIER, Ineke, VAN DEN BRANDT, Elke & DE METSENAERE, Machteld. 2011. Een vergelijking trussen de loopbaan van vrouwelijke en mannelijke onderzoekers in fotonica: een kwalitatieve analyse, in DEBLONDE, Marian, Leuven: Acco, p. 73-95

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • WOODWARD, Alison E., SHAHIN, J. & TERZIS, G.. 2014. The impact of the crisis on civil society organizations in the EU: Risks and opportunities, Open Citizenship, Vol 4, n 1, p. 12-22
  • WOODWARD, Alison E., SCHANDEVYL, Eva, VALGARE, Elke & DE METSENAERE, Machteld. 2013. Genderquota in de wetenschap, het bedrijfsleven en de rechterlijke macht, Res Publica, Vol 55, n 3, p.359-376
  • WOODWARD, Alison E.. 2012. Gender and EU Politics, Gender and EU Politics, Vol 42, n 1, p. 43-49

Articles, Essays & Reviews

  • WOODWARD, Alison E.. 2013. On the way to the top: providing equal opportunities for men and women in science and technology: Summary. Workshop sponsored by the Gender Balance Working Group of the European Research Council- ERC Executive Agency, Brussels December 2, 2013 Link