Sarah Childs is Professor of Politics and Gender at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. She has published widely on women’s political representation over the last decade or so. Her research expertise centres on descriptive and substantive representation, the concept of critical mass, political parties and parliaments, and conservatism, gender and representation. Key articles have been published in Political Studies, Politics and Gender, Parliamentary Affairs and Party Politics.
She is currently writing a book on feminist democratic representation with Karen Celis (VUB). In 2015 she published two co-edited books Gender, Conservatism and Representation and Deeds and Words with ECPR press, with Celis and Campbell respectively. Her most recent monograph is 'Sex, Gender and the Conservative Party: From Iron Lady to Kitten Heels’, 2012, with Paul Webb, Palgrave. In 2009-10 Prof Childs was the gender Special Adviser to the UK Parliament’s ‘Speaker Conference’ on representation and in 2014 the Special Adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Group, Women in Parliament Inquiry.
In 2015 she received the Political Studies Association ‘Special Recognition Award’ for her work on women’s representation. Having been ‘embedded’ in the UK House of Commons (funded by ESRC/Univ of Bristol Impact award), in 2016 she published The Good Parliament’ which outlines necessary reforms to deliver a diversity sensitive UK Parliament. On her recommendation, a new group, The Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion was established by Mr Speaker, and she is currently advising this group.