Associate Professor recognised for research into gender equity and female leadership

La Trobe is thrilled to share that Associate Professor Andrea Carson has been welcomed into the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA) as a Research Fellow.

Dr Carson is a political scientist and an Associate Professor (Journalism) in the department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe.

WLIA is the research and advocacy arm of the Trawalla Foundation, they are focused on finding the best levers for change to achieve equal voice, equal representation and equal recognition for women in Australia. The WLIA Research Fellowship supports innovative research and related activities that challenge the stereotypes, norms, biases and organisational barriers that prevent women from having equal opportunity to achieve and lead.

Dr Carson is delighted to receive this important Research Fellowship from WLIA.

“In 2021 the time for gender equality is long overdue. Without gender equity Australia is lacking the first-class leaders and diverse perspectives that are hallmarks of strong, robust democracies. I am delighted to undertake this Fellowship with the Women's Leadership Institute Australia who, with funding from Trawalla Foundation, are working hard to improve Australia’s gender equality rankings by profiling cutting-edge research and raising awareness about the important role Australian female leadership plays in advancing Australia’s prospects in a globalised world.” Dr Carson said

Dr Carson’s project is titled Using experiments to understand Australian voters’ attitudes to female political representation and gender quotas. The study will examine if voter attitudes towards gender quotas in politics are fixed or conditional and, if so, under what circumstances. With a backdrop of a series of sexual misconduct and gender abuse revelations in the Australian federal parliament, this study will use innovative survey experiments to understand if the events of 2021 can shift voters’ views to accept the need for gender quotas in the Australian federal parliament to improve female representation.

“I will be assembling an expert team of female scholars from the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University to tackle the problems of gender inequality. Together we will run the experiments for this research.”

“This is an important topic and one which will contribute to La Trobe’s research theme of more just and equitable societies.” Dr Carson said.

About Associate Professor Andrea Carson

Dr Carson’s research focuses on gender, politics and the media. She has authored numerous books and articles on Australian politics, election campaigns and female representation in politics and was recently award Australian Research Council (2020) funding to study the pathways to politics for Australian women in local government.

Dr Carson is an inaugural council member of the Victorian Government’s Equal Workplace Advisory Council that advises government on achieving gender equity in the workplace. Prior to academia, she was a professional journalist at The Age and ABC. In her current role she appears regularly as a ‘News Therapy’ guest on ABC Drive (Melbourne) with Rafael Epstein.