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Jane AlverPhD Candidate

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Centre

Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance

Organisation

Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

gender, diversity, civil society organisations, women's leadership, international women's rights advocacy and the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in New York.

THESIS TOPIC

Regional sisterhood? Exploring the spaces of talk and action towards gender equality in the Pacific region

SUPERVISORY PANEL

Dr Selen Ercan (primary supervisor) and Prof John Dryzek (secondary supervisor)

 

bio/CV

Jane Alver holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government, and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) both from Sydney University. Her Master of Studies degree from Oxford University focused on gender diversity in corporate boards. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice from University of Techonology Sydney and is an admitted solicitor in the Supreme Courts of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, the Federal and High Courts of Australia, the Supreme Court of England and Wales and the Supreme Court of Kiribati.

Her career so far has covered both private and public sectors, in law, women's policy and governance.

 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Arts in Government (1992), and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (1995) both from Sydney University.
  • Master of Studies degree from Oxford University (2004) focused on gender diversity in corporate boards.
  • Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice (1995) from UTS
  • Admitted Solicitor in the Supreme Courts of NSW and ACT, the Federal and High Courts of Australia, the Supreme Court of England and Wales and the Supreme Court of Kiribati.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Selected Publications:

  • Alver, Jane (2016) ‘Innovation and Design Ideas to Capture Community Voice and Vision’, ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) Conference on ‘Citizen Voice, Community Vision’ 4-5 August 2016, Canberra (invited speaker).  
  • Alver, Jane. & New South Wales. Department for Women  (2002) 'Hands up for women in council : a kit for newly elected women councillors in local government' / compiled by Jane Alver  Dept. for Women Sydney, N.S.W
  • Alver, J. Ain’t I a Director? Gender Diversity and Boards: International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, volume 4.

Conference Papers:

  • Alver, Jane (2017) – Feminist Utopias, ANU, September 2017
  • Alver, Jane (2017)  ‘Advancing Pacific Regional Feminism through New Spaces for Talk & Action’ , International Studies Association conference, Hong Kong University, June 2017
  • Alver, Jane (2017) ‘Pacific civil society ‘feminisms’: Where theory and practice meet’, International Feminist Journal of Politics Conference, Delhi, India, April 2017
  • Alver, Jane (2017); Achieving a regional sisterhood through democratic dialogue: Feminist democratic innovations in the Pacific region, 2nd Deliberative Democracy Summer School, February 2016, University of Canberra
  • Alver, Jane (2016) ‘Innovation and Design Ideas to Capture Community Voice and Vision’, ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) Conference on ‘Citizen Voice, Community Vision’ 4-5 August 2016, Canberra
  • Alver, Jane (2004) ‘Ain’t I a Director?’ International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Nations & Communities Conference, UCLA, USA July 2004

Travel Grants:

  • Travel Grant International Feminist Journal of Politics Journal Conference,2017
  • Travel Grant - International Studies Association Conference, Hong Kong, 2017

Competitions:

  • Finalist, Three Minute Thesis competition 2016

Blog:

PhD project

Regional sisterhood? Exploring the spaces of talk and action towards gender equality in the Pacific region

Supervisory panel: Selen Ercan, John Dryzek, Jensen Sass

 

Project overview

This project responds to the problem of shrinking spaces for civil society input at the global level and seeks to understand the role of feminist civil society organisations (CSOs) in achieving gender equality at a regional level. In doing so, the project seeks to explore the present activities of regional feminist civil society organisations in the Pacific region and ask whether, when, and to what extent, these activities help feminist civil society organisations develop a shared vision and reclaim voice for gender equality in the region and beyond.

Empirically, the project will focus on the examples of regional networks and alliances, as a mechanism through which progressive regional voice is organised and amplified. It will do so by investigating how feminist civil society organisations position themselves regionally, both in relation to each other and in relation to formal institutions to promote gender equality in the Pacific. The project will pay particular attention to Australia’s role as a regional player and key donor on women’s empowerment in the Pacific. 

The project will draw on interviews with key government and CSO actors in both Australia and the Pacific, participant observation of the activities of key CSOs on the promotion of gender equality, and document analysis of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC, housing the Office for Women which conducts international engagement) reports on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Pacific.

The project seeks to make four main contributions both in theory and practice. First, by focusing on the opportunities and barriers for feminist civil society it will suggest alternative routes for feminist civil society organisations to affect progress towards gender equality. Second, by shifting the focus from global to regional, it will identify ways to counteract the situation of shrinking civil society spaces for feminist civil society organisations and propose new spaces to hear new voices. Third, the project will offer practical reform ideas for institutions and actors. Finally, the project will redefine the normative basis of feminist engagement with the formal institutions and proposing new ideas beyond the binary of engagement or autonomy.

 

 

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