Gender, decision-making and the civil service

The case study of the Northern Ireland Senior Civil Service explores the implications of bureaucratic transitions for gender equality in post-conflict societies

Gender, decision-making and the civil service

Gender, decision-making and the civil service

The case study of the Northern Ireland Senior Civil Service explores the implications of bureaucratic transitions for gender equality in post-conflict societies


Our current research examines the Northern Ireland Senior Civil Service as a case study which explores gender and public administration in conflicted societies. The project fuses feminist institutional analysis with theories of representative bureaucracy to map the informal rules, norms, and values which underpin bureaucratic culture and practice. The project considers how core bureaucratic values respond to the distinct dynamics and drivers of power-sharing government and scopes the implications of bureaucratic transitions for gender equality and redistributive public policy in post-conflict societies. Research output from this research project can be found here. Learn more about the project and research results in our most recent publication: "Gendering the institutional legacies of the Northern Ireland senior civil service"