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Scientia Professor, UNSW Sydney

A Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2010-14), Louise’s research interests are in the areas of women’s rights; gender, politics and institutions and comparative federalism and public policy.

Louise is a UNSW Sydney SHARP hire - an initiative identifying established research leaders to drive up the University's research performance and the number of high-quality and highly cited research publications.

Research areas

Women’s rights, gender and politics from a comparative and international perspective, public policy and federalism.


Editorial Board member: Australian Journal of Political Science; British Journal of Politics and International Relations; Politics, Groups and Interests

Co-director, Feminist Institutionalism International Network (based at Edinburgh University)


  • 2013–present
    Visiting Fellow, SPSS-IASH University of Edinburgh
  • 2010–present
    Professor, School of Social Science, University of New South Wales


  • 1998 
    University of Sydney, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    Gender Justice and the International Criminal Court
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council