Gender analysis of public policy

Crawford School of Public Policy | Executive course
Economics, Data Analysis and Decision Making
Policy Essentials


This unique course will equip participants to engage in gender analysis of diverse public policy fields, including understanding concepts and methods to identify and address the differential impact of policy and its funding on both men and women. The course will provide participants with an understanding of the differential gender impact of public policy, including expenditures and revenue raising, at different scales, and approaches to conduct a gender analysis drawn from international best practice, recently updated by the OECD and IMF. The course will teach participants to carry out gender analysis and make gender visible in public policy processes and outcomes.

Course overview

This course equips participants to carry out gender analysis of policy instruments including taxes, expenditures, regulatory regions and cash transfers. Budgets and policy is often presented as gender-neutral. However, men and women are situated in different social, economic and family contexts and as a result, policies affect men and women differently. The failure to bring a gender lens to policy development and implementation can lead to sub-optimal outcomes for all and hinder the achievement of social and economic equality for women.

The objective of the course is to build understanding of the differential impact of policy on men and women of diverse backgrounds, drawing on international trends and initiatives in this field that are increasingly widespread. Gender responsive budgeting initiatives are applied in every region in the world including the Asia-Pacific and are adopted by the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

This course draws on international best practice tailored for the Australian context to challenge assumptions of gender neutrality and enable participants to identify differential gender impact of policies, expenditures and taxes. Participants will receive some lecture content and learning will focus on active engagement in tailored case studies and exercises with other participants and the presenters, drawing on real life scenarios. The course provides participants with a tool kit of diverse analytical approaches that can be applied to various data sources and policy fields and explores practical approaches to policy and budget processes for Australia and other countries.

Course presenter(s)

Professor Miranda Stewart

Professor Miranda Stewart (Lead) is a Fellow at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (TTPI) at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University and Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne Law School where she is Director of the Tax Group. Miranda was the inaugural Director of TTPI from 2014 to 2017. Miranda brings more than 25 years research, practical and leadership experience in academia, government and the private sector, with a particular focus on budgeting, gender equality and the interaction of policy fields especially taxes, transfers and retirement income regulation. Miranda recently edited the book Tax, Social Policy and Gender (2017, ANU Press) and has delivered short courses and workshops on policy, economic inequality, and gender analysis in Australia, South Korea, and Canada. Miranda was recognised as an AFR 100 Women of Influence in 2018 for her contribution to public policy.

Ms Maria Sandoval-Guzman

Ms Maria Sandoval-Guzman graduated from the Master of Public Policy in Economic Policy at the Australian National University in 2017, where she was an Endeavour scholar. Maria works as a researcher at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, the Australian National University. Maria’s main areas of research are gender-responsive economic policy and international economic cooperation. Maria has previously worked in academia, the private sector, and as Mexican youth delegate to the G20 and the Pacific Alliance. She holds a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Guadalajara, and has been a scholar at the University of Washington, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the University of Oslo.

Guest presenters may be included, for example Professor Rhonda Sharp AM, Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia; Associate Professor Julie Smith, ANU

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