Promoting Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Encouraging of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) both in the PSA and in the Political Studies discipline is a core value and mission for our association. From our journals and conferences through to our prizes and governance, we have taken steps to make our work more inclusive and welcoming to scholars, students and practitioners from all backgrounds. However, there is still much to do to increase representation and opportunities in the PSA and beyond.
Therefore In 2022, we established a new EDI Working Group to challenge practices, provide oversight and drive positive change. This is directly linked to the PSA's Executive Committee through its membership including its chair and PSA Trustee Dr Manjeet Ramgotra. We are grateful to our colleagues for steeping forward to give their time and expertise:
- Roula Nezi PSA Trustee & Diverse Voices Programme Lead firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cathy Elliott Co-convenor of the PSA's Teaching & Learning Network email@example.com
- Manuel Hernandez-Gonzalez ECN EDI Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
- Xavier Romero-Vidal email@example.com
- Jess Smith Co-convenor of the PSA Women & Politics Specialist Group firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aleida Mendes Borges email@example.com
- Heather Alberro PSA Trustee & Co-convenor of the PSA Environmental Politics Specialist Group firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kate Mattocks email@example.com
- Omar Khan PSA Trustee firstname.lastname@example.org
- Meryl Kenny email@example.com
- Lydia Hiraide ECN Committee Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shardia Briscoe-Palmer Convenor of RMI Specialist Group email@example.com.
- Rose Gann PSA Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
- Manjeet Ramgotra PSA Trustee and EDI Working Group Chair email@example.com
The PSA EDI Working Group has been established to uphold values of equality, diversity and inclusion in the profession and in all of our teaching and research activities. The group will not only scrutinize policies and practices within the PSA, but also it provides a forum through which to raise and freely discuss EDI issues. It will undertake activities (workshops, data collection) to promote the PSA Equality and Diversity strategy. This entails promoting marginalised scholars and their work, valuing marginalised and minoritised forms of knowledge and supporting forums that discuss and circulate a wide variety of scholarly work from a range of ontological, epistemological and methodological starting points. The PSA EDI group is committed to actively pursuing transformative change to create a truly equitable field, challenging the status quo, holding those in positions of power to account, and creating structures that support and embed EDI principles.
Please do get in touch with Manjeet if you wish to learn more or get involved.
You can read the PSA's current strategic statements on EDI here: 10-Year Strategic Plan 2017 - 2027. Read the Equality and Diversity Strategy here and find the PSA's Equality and Diversity Equal Opportunities Monitoring form: here.
As the leading Political Studies learned society in the UK, the PSA has a key oversight role into the state of the discipline. In 2021 we published this report as a first step in determining the key EDI challenges in University Politics and IR departments 'Career Trajectories in UK departments of Politics and International Relations'