Drude Dahlerup:
Professor, Dept. of Political Science, University of Stockholm

Born 1945. Danish citizen.

1. Education
Cand.scient.pol. (candidate of political science) from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, 1974

2. Positions
1974-1976 Teaching at the Department of Political Science, University of Aarhus
1976-1978 Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Aarhus
1978-1980 Teaching at the Department of Political Science, University of Aarhus
1980-1983 Senior Research Fellow, the Danish State Research Council
1981-1982 Visiting Scholar at Radcliffe College, Harvard University, Boston, USA
1983-1985 Project for the Nordic Council of Ministers: “Women in Political Decision – Making Processes in the Nordic Countries -Old Barriers and New Opportuni- ties”
1985-1989 Coordinator of the BRYT project, a large inter-Nordic actions research project, the aim of which was “to develop and test methods for breaking down the sex segregation of the labour market,” financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the governments of the five Nordic countries
1987-98 Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Cekvina,  Centre for Gender Studies, University of Aarhus
1998-2012 Professor at Dept. of Political Science, Stockholm University.  2012-13 Emeritus professor, Department of Political Science, S.U.

2014-  professor, Dept. of Political Science, Stockholm University
2002-03 Visiting Professor, Birkbeck College, University of London
2013-14 Visiting Professor at Faculty of Social Science, Radboud University, Nijmegen

3. Selected assignments:

  • 2013 – Member of the Global Civil Society Advisory Group to UN Women’s Executive Director.
  • 2015-17 Medlem av Styrelsen för Institutet för forskning om migration, etnicitet och samhälle, REMESO, Linköping Universitet
  • 2016-18 Member of Committee (Social Sciences) for Wallenberg Academy Fellows Program, Kgl. Vetenskapsakademin.
  • 2016- Member of the Swedish Research Council’s (VRs) Interdisciplinary Grants Panel.
  • Expert for, the International Knowledge Network for Women in Politics
  • Member of the scientific council of the Swedish thinktank Arena Idea
  • Chair of the Danish thinkthank NyAgenda
  • On the editorial board of the journal
  • On the editorial advisory board of the journal Equal Opportunities International
  • Member of the Swedish Research Council’s (VRs) committee on international post-doc, 2012-2015.
  • Vice-Chair of the Danish Government’s Council for European Politics 1993-2000
  • Member of the board of KVINFO, The Danish Center for Information on Women and Gender, Copenhagen, 1998-2003
  • Member of the Norwegian State Research Council, section for political science 1991-1994
  • Head of Cekvina, Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Aarhus, 1991-92 and 1997




4. Profile
Drude Dahlerup has published extensively on electoral gender quotas;  Politics and Gender; social movements; history of women’s movements;  feminist theory.

The latest book, Breaking Male Dominance in Old Democracies, edited together with Monique Leyenaar, was published by Oxford University Press in the summer of 2013.

On the history of the women’s movement:

* The Redstockings. The Development, Ideas and Impact of the Danish Redstocking Movement 1970-1985, vol I-II. Gyldendal 1998 (in Danish).

The New Women’s Movement. Feminism and Political Power in Europe and the USA. Sage 1986, ed. by DD.

On women’s political representation:

In 1988 Drude Dahlerup wrote a most cited a article on the concepts of ‘critical mass’ and ‘critical acts’: “From a Small to a Large Minority. Women in Scandinavian Politics” in Scandinavian Political Studies, vol. 11, no 4, pp.275-98.  A piece on the critical mass discussion revisisted was published by DD as “The Story of the Theory of a Critical Mass”, Politics & Gender vol.2, no.4, 2006, pp.511-22. “The use of the critical mass theory in scholarly and public debates”, forthcoming in Sarah Childs (ed): Women at Westminster.

In the late 1980’s Drude Dahlerup wrote the book: We have waited too long. Handbook in women’s representation, which showed the different strategies for increasing women’s representation in each of the five Nordic countries. The book, which was published in Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish for the Nordic Council of Ministers became instrumental for the successful work to increase women’s political representation in Scandinavia.

On Electoral Gender Quotas:

Drude Dahlerup has been the leader of a large international research project: ”Gender Quotas in Politics – a Key to Equality?”, financiered by the Swedish Research Council. The book Women, Quotas and Politics, edited by Drude Dahlerup, was published by Routledge in 2006. This book is the first global analysis of the use of quotas, based on research in all major regions in the world. See also Drude Dahlerup & Lenita Freidenvall: “Quotas as a “Fast Track” to Equal Political Representation for Women: Why Scandinavia is No Longer the Model’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 7, 1: 26-48, 2005. On the many articles written by DD on gender quotas, see under publications.

A pocket book, Kvotering (written in Swedish with Lenita Freidenvall) was published 2008 by the SNS Förlag.

Together with International IDEA and the Inter-parliamentary Union, IUP, Dahlerup and her research team has constructed the global website which shows all countries in the world that apply some type of electoral gender quotas.

Drude Dahlerup is working as a consultant to countries and to women’s movements around the world that are in the process of introducing or amending gender quotas for public elections. She has been on missions for the UNDP to Cambodia and Sierra Leone, for the IPU to Tunisia and Egypt, for the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy to Bhutan.

On the Arab Uprisings:

During the last couple of years, Drude Dahlerup has been engaged in research and consultancy on the empowering women in politics in the Middle East and North Africa. She has written on quotas in the Arab parliaments, see list of publication. Her most recent project is “New Avenues for Women in Public Life in the Arab Region” (2012-14) in partnership with CAWTAR, Center of Arab Women Training and Research, based in Tunis, financed by a grant from the Swedish Research Council for international research collaboration. Nordic-Arab conferences have been organized, and special emphasis has been given to developing and organizing Nordic-Arab PhD courses for young scholars.