Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Fran Amery

A lecturer in British politics, with expertise in gender, governance and public policy.

Frances Amery

LecturerBA, MA, PhD, FHEA

1 West North 4.28a
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5534



Dr Amery joined the Department in January 2015, having previously taught at the University of Bristol. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham.

Dr Amery's research explores the role of ideas in the policy process, with a particular focus on social justice and equality claims.

She is currently researching sexual and reproductive health policy, and the role of activists and practitioners in its creation, implementation and contestation. A further project concerns the rise of resilience-thinking and its move into social policy.

She has previously conducted research on the parliamentary politics of abortion, human fertilisation and embryology policy, and the status of women in universities, and is a former Co-Convenor of the PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group.

Research interests

  • Gender
  • Governance
  • Social justice
  • Health policy
  • Resilience

Research projects

  • Social justice claims in public policy
  • Activism around sexual and reproductive health
  • Resilience-thinking in social policy


Book Sections

Amery, F., Bates, S., Jenkins, L. and Savigny, H., 2015. Metaphors on women in academia:a review of the literature, 2004-2013. In: Demos, V. and Segal, M., eds. At the Center.Vol. 20. Emerald Press, pp. 247-267. (Advances in Gender Research; 20)


Amery, F., 2017. Gender, Power and Political Speech: Women and Language in the 2015 UK General Election. Deborah Cameron and Sylvia Shaw.:[book review]. Parliamentary Affairs, 70 (2), pp. 430-433.

Evans, E. and Amery, F., 2016. Gender and politics in the UK:banished to the sidelines. European Political Science, 15 (3), pp. 314-321.

Amery, F., 2015. Intersectionality as Disarticulatory Practice:Sex-Selective Abortion and Reproductive Politics in the United Kingdom. New Political Science, 37 (4), pp. 509-524.

Conference or Workshop Items

Amery, F., 2017. Resilience in practice:New policy paradigm or neoliberal orthodoxy? In: Political Studies Association conference, 2017-04-10 - 2017-04-12.

Amery, F., 2017. Gender and resilience-thinking in the UK:New policy paradigm or neoliberal orthodoxy? In: European Conference on Politics and Gender, 2017-06-08 - 2017-06-10, University of Lausanne.

Amery, F., 2016. Shrinking the State:Implementing Equality in English Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy post-NHS Reforms.

Amery, F., 2016. Bending gender equality around neoliberalism:Why feminist political scientists need to pay attention to risk. In: PSA 66th Annual International Conference, 2016-03-21 - 2016-03-23, Hilton Brighton Metropole & The Grand Brighton.

Amery, F., 2015. Gendering policy in Parliament and the Department of Health:The case of the Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England. In: Political Studies Association conference, 2015-03-30 - 2015-04-01, Town Hall and City Hall.

Amery, F., 2015. Risk, resilience and reproductive citizenship:Sexual and reproductive health policy in the United Kingdom. In: Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty conference, 2015-04-08 - 2015-04-10, University of Stuttgart.

Non-academic press

Amery, F., Happer, C., Lees, C., McAngus, C., Cutts, D., Shaw, E., Thomson, J., Van Reenan, J., Tonge, J., Thompson, L., Saward, M., Matthews, N., Lynch, P., Murray, R., Scully, R., Whiting, S., Wilks-Heeg, S. and Honeyman, V., 2015. Election 2015:Conservatives gain in England, SNP rampant across Scotland – experts react. The Conversation

This list was generated on Sat Sep 23 17:38:42 2017 IST.

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