Alison Woodward

Institute for European Studies
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Alison E. Woodward (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is Research Professor emeritus at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and Senior Associate at the Institute for European Studies. As former co-director of RHEA, the Center for Gender Studies and Diversity Research, she continues to carry out research on equality policy and diversity there. 

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; Science Europe and the Flemish and Swedish governments, and is frequently relied upon for expert contributions relating to social exclusion, gender and politics.

As Board Member of the European Sociological Association Research Network on Political Sociology, she organizes conferences and publications on civil society movements in the European Union (in Brussels October 2016).  For 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 was the Belgian coordinator for the Research Network Gender and the State funded by the European Science Foundation and the National Science Foundation, and Belgian representative in the COST A-34 network on European Gender and Well-Being, and at present GenderSTE (COST Special Action on Gender in Science, Technology and the Environment). She was a mamber of the Science Europe (formerly European Science Foundation) boards for the Social Sciences between  2010-2016 and is Chair of the Board of RoSa, the Flemish Center for Information and Documentation on Gender and the Women's Movement.

Research Themes


A full list of publications can be found here.