The Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN) is a body of feminist scholars from over 50 countries, who study political institutions through a gender lens.

Our mission

We work to understand how gender is inscribed into political institutions and how this shapes political actors and outcomes. This knowledge is key to changing institutions and promoting gender equality. 

What is Feminist Institutionalism?

Feminist Institutionalism applies a ‘new institutionalist’ approach to feminist research. The approach seeks to identify gender bias and the gendered nature of institutional rules. ‘Institutions’ are broadly defined to encompass formal and informal norms and practices which are embedded over time.

Our history

Feminist Institutionalism emerged from feminist scholars’ growing interest in political structures and processes during the early 2000s. At the time, despite their common interests, there was limited exchange between feminist scholars and mainstream institutionalists. 

In December 2006, scholars from Scotland, England, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United States participated in a workshop at the University of Edinburgh, inaugurating the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN). 

For almost two decades, FIIN has hosted numerous international workshops and conferences, featured on the History page.

Today, Feminist Institutionalism reaches beyond the realm of western political science. Scholars from diverse disciplines are now examining the gendered nature of economic, scientific, legal and cultural institutions.