Marian Sawer

Emeritus Professor, Australian National University


Marian Sawer is former head of the Political Science Program and is now Public Policy Fellow and Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. She is a former president of the Australasian Political Studies Association, co-founder of its Women’s Caucus, and recipient of its lifetime achievement award. Marian was made an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1994 for her services to women and to political science and was elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia soon after. She has also served as Vice-President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Co-Chair of the 2016 World Congress of Political Science in Poznan and Editor of the International Political Science Review. She has published many books and articles on gender, politics and policy, social movements and the state, democratic theory and practice and social liberalism.

Read more from Professor Marian Sawer: 

The concept of the level playing field: Assessing fairness in electoral competition’, Australian Journal of Public Administration, November 2020,

Gender mainstreaming and the substantive representation of women: Where do parliamentary bodies fit?’, Politics, Groups, and Identities, 8 (3) 2020, 648–660.

Dealing with Toxic Parliaments: Lessons from Elsewhere’, Australasian Parliamentary Review 36 (1), 2021, 7–22.