Shaping the Future: Equality and Diversity


The PSA believes that the promotion of equality and diversity should be core values for the practice of politics as well as the study and teaching of politics. Statistics suggest that 31 per cent of political scientists are female, less than 15 per cent of the discipline’s professoriate is female and under 4 per cent have a black or ethnic minority background.

In January 2017 the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association (PSA) re-emphasised its efforts to thinking creatively and proactively in relation to the equality and diversity agenda by establishing an Equality and Diversity (E&D) Sub-Committee. The Subcommittee will be working across PSA programmes to ensure E&D is considered at every level, and will consider the transition points throughout the educational system to encourage participation by a range of students from various backgrounds and diverse perspectives.

A commitment to Equality and Diversity is central to the PSA's 10-Year Strategic Plan 2017 - 2027.  Read the Equality and Diversity Strategy here.


Please find the PSA's Equality and Diversity Equal Opportunities Monitoring form: here.


Read our 2021 Career Trajectories in University Politics and IR departments Report 'Career Trajectories in UK departments of Politics and International Relations'


In March 2018 the PSA Executive Committee passed the Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy, outlining expectations upon participants at all PSA conferences and events. You can find a copy of this policy in our Legal and Governance Documents section.