Sarah Childs

Professor of Politics & Gender, Royal Holloway, University of London


Sarah Childs is Professor of Politics and Gender at Royal Holloway, University of London (2020-). Her research centres on the theory and practice of women’s representation, gender and political parties, parliaments and institutional change. She has published four research books (New Labour’s Women MPs 2004, Women and British Party Politics, 2008, and Sex Gender and the Conservative Party, 2012 with Webb), with the most recent, Feminist Democratic Representation published by Oxford University Press in 2020 (with Celis). Professor Childs is also the author of The Good Parliament Report (TGP 2016), which followed a secondment to the UK House of Commons, and which identified a series of reforms to make the Commons diversity sensitive. As a formal adviser to the former Speaker, Professor Childs was actively involved in the introduction of proxy voting for babyleave in 2018-20. Following a 2020/1 Leverhulme Fellowship she is completing a new book, based on her time in the House.

 Read more from Professor Sarah Childs: 

Feminist Democratic Representation, with Karen Celis (VUB) (NY: Oxford University Press, 2020).

Patience Ladies: Gender Sensitive Parliamentary Responses in a Time of Crisis’, European Journal of Law Reform (2020), 4, with Palmieri (ANU).

The Grit in the Oyster’, Women’s Parliamentary Organizations and the Substantive Representation of Women’, (2019) Political Studies, 67, 3 with Peter Allen (Bath).