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Economics of Diversity, Gender, and Equality (EDGE) seminar series

Professor Almudena Sevilla is a member of the EDGE steering committee


3 June 2024
Dina Rabie (LSE)

More information on this seminar series here.


Recent events 



Women in the Workplace


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Hosted by Department of Social Policy and the Women in Social and Public Policy Research Hub on 13 March 2024

In this engaging and insightful public forum, distinguished researchers and stakeholders came together to address the pressing issue of gender inequalities in the workplace.

Speakers: Dr Caroline Coly, Alesha De-Freitas, Alice Marchionno, Professor Paola Profeta
Chair: Professor Almudena Sevilla

Watch the video here



Women, work and economics: evidence and experience

Hosted by the Centre for Economic Performance on 28 February 2024

For International Women's Day 2024, CEP hosted an event bringing expert economists and policymakers together to discuss the effects of becoming a parent on women's and men's employment and incomes. More information here.




The economics of gender stereotypes

Hosted by the Centre for Economic Performance and the Department of Social Policy on 25 May 2023

This half-day workshop offered an important and timely chance to explore cutting-edge research on discrimination and gender stereotypes in economics.

The event, brought together industry experts, aims to push the limits of existing research and pave the way for new discoveries in the field.


Time to Think: in conversation with Hannah Barnes

Hosted by the Department of Social Policy on 23 May 2023

Speakers: Hannah Barnes,  Professor Lucinda Platt
Chair: Professor David Kershaw

In this event investigative journalist Hannah Barnes speaks about her book: how she came to investigate the Tavistock’s gender service for children, the testimony she received, and her attempts to understand how safeguarding concerns got lost and the service unraveled. 

Listen to the podcast here

Watch the video here


Advancing Equality: The Power of Academia-Business Collaboration and Policy Action

Women In Social and Public Policy Research Hub (WISPPRH) Launch event

Hosted by the Department of Social Policy on Wednesday 8 March 2023

The Department of Social Policy hosted the launch of the Women in Social and Public Policy Research Hub (WISPPRH)) on 8 March, with an open roundtable discussion as the centerpiece of the event. This event brought together renowned scholars, representatives of the civil society, and stakeholders in the fields of gender, climate change, and policy. The purpose of the roundtable discussion was to start a conversation on the potential benefits of collaboration and knowledge sharing among centers and programs dedicated to gender issues, with the ultimate goal of making progress on this critical topic. 

Speakers: Emma Codd, Professor Paola Profeta, Begoña Ramos and Professor Johanna Rickne.

Chair: Professor Naila Kabeer

The panel were introduced by Professor Almudena Sevilla, Co-Director of the WISPPRH.

Watch the video here


Exploring the impact of women in economics: lessons and insights

Hosted by CEP and POID on 1 March 2023

This International Women's Day event, brought economists from LSE together to show how economics is vital to understanding the challenges women face – and celebrate the women who are working across the field. 

Barbara Petrongolo professor of economics at Oxford University and CEP associate, will discuss economic research on gender and the labour market, showing how economists help us understand the changes in women’s working lives.
Tera Allas CBE director of research and economics in McKinsey’s UK office, will talk about her career in economics, sharing her decades of experience in strategy, corporate finance and public policy.
Almudena Sevilla (chair) professor in economics and public policy at LSE and CEP associate, is chair of the Royal Economic Society Women’s Committee.


20 January 2023: Work and Family Researchers Network

Author-Meets-Readers: Claudia Goldin’s Career & Family: Women’s Century Long Journey Towards Equity
Discussion/panel by Dr. Berkay Ozcan

This WFRN Virtual Conference Series plenary session invites discussion from both author and readers of Dr.Claudia Goldin’s new book, Career & Family: Women’s Century Long Journey Towards Equity (Princeton University Press (2021). Drs. Mary Blair-Loy, Janet Gornick, Helen Kowalewska, Kris Marsh, and Berkay Özcan will serve on our panel of readers. Dr. Claudia Goldin will begin the session with short remarks about the book and each panelist will provide 6-8 minutes of reflection on the manuscript after which Dr.Goldin will respond to the readers’ comments. Our expert panelists will then engage in a moderated panel discussion. The session will then open to the general audience. Following the panel discussion, the conversation will open to questions and comments from event participants. This event is free and open to the public.

View a recording of this event here 


Past events

24 March 2022 : Forgotten Wives: an alternative history of LSE by Ann Oakley​

Abstract: Ann Oakley’s new book Forgotten Wives: how women get written out of history is an account of four women who were married to well-known men in the social policy and welfare world of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century. All of them had connections with the history of LSE, so the book throws new light on just how LSE managed to become the pre-eminent institution it is today. Reflecting on how historians have treated the work of wives highlights unsolved, and largely ignored, problems of biographical methodology.​

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3 March 2022 : Leaving Fathers Behind? The Politics of Departing from the Male Breadwinner Model in Germany and the UK by Sam Mohun-Himmelweit

Abstract: Since the late-1990s many OECD countries have reformed family policies, following the earlier Scandinavian example of expanding childcare and parental leave policies to enable families to better reconcile employment and care responsibilities. Yet the extent to which these ‘latecomer’ reformers have also followed the Scandinavian model of establishing leave for fathers is more varied. This presentation examines this variation through case studies of the politics of leave policy reform in two latecomer countries: Germany, which undertook a ‘Nordic turn’ in its policies for fathers, and the UK, where leave policy remains focused on mothers. Drawing on analysis of policy documents and interviews with policymakers, it argues that the interaction between political conditions and policy legacies led to an ideational shift regarding fathers in Germany, whereas the UK remained on a ‘maternalist’ trajectory.​

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25 November 2021 : Career and Family: women's century-long journey toward equity by Claudia Goldin ​

Goldin's new book traces how generations of women have responded to the problem of balancing career and family as the twentieth century experienced a sea change in gender equality, revealing why true equity for dual career couples remains frustratingly out of reach. Drawing on decades of her own groundbreaking research, Goldin provides a fresh, in-depth look at the diverse experiences of college-educated women from the 1900s to today, examining the aspirations they formed—and the barriers they faced—in terms of career, job, marriage, and children; how the era of COVID-19 has severely hindered women’s advancement, yet how the growth of remote and flexible work may be the pandemic’s silver lining. Career and Family explains why we must make fundamental changes to the way we work and how we value caregiving if we are ever to achieve gender equality and couple equity.​

Watch the video here

Listen to the podcast here

Listen to the Shortcast 20-minute digested version here


​4 November 2021 : The Positive Effect of Women’s Education on Fertility in Low-Fertility China by Shuang Chen

Abstract: Despite pervasive evidence of more educated women having lower fertility, it remains unclear whether education reduces women’s fertility. This study investigates the causal effect of women’s education on fertility in China, where fertility has remained below the replacement level since the early 1990s. Exploiting the higher education expansion as exogenous sources of increase in women’s education, the study finds that each year of women’s education increases the number of children ever born by 10%. Two mechanisms drive the positive effect of education: education does not cause an increase in age at first marriage; among ever-married women, education increases their demand for children.

Watch the video here