Collaborating on policy-relevant research on gender equality.
The Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) is an interdisciplinary research forum forscholars and practitioners collaborate on policy-relevant research on gender inequality. Our mission is to bring together faculty, students, and staff at the University of Pittsburgh who are interested in gender inequality around the world, and to connect them to policymakers, practitioners, and institutions with like-minded goals.
By design, GIRL crosses school, centers, departments, and programs, serving as an umbrella for research on these issues at Pitt. We are led by two co-directors, Müge Kökten Finkel and Melanie M. Hughes.
Public administration is the central arm of policy implementation and, in many countries, is also the largest employer. Yet high-quality, publicly available data on the women and men working in public administration is often lacking. Where data do exist, the differences in how governments define, measure, and report information can complicate efforts to set standards and monitor progress worldwide.
University of Pittsburgh researchers, supported by the Ford Institute for Human Security, have been assisting the efforts of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to measure women's participation and leadership in public administrations globally since 2015 and monitor progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 16.