SASE Women and Gender (WAG) Forum

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                                                              “Ask Me Anything” – with  Naila Kabeer.

                                                    Online. Time and date TBD.


The SASE Women and Gender Forum organises a series of “Ask Me Anything” sessions, allowing our community to interact with invited guests in an open and informal setting. We encourage questions from a broad spectrum of issues affecting academia.

We are proud to announce that Naila Kabeer will be our guest for the upcoming, second edition of our “Ask Me Anything” events, time and date TBD.

As a Professor of Gender and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Naila Kabeer’s work has significantly contributed to our understanding of the complex relationship between gender and the economy, particularly in South and Southeast Asia. Her insights have been instrumental in shaping development interventions and advocating for gender equality worldwide, demonstrating a dedication to empowering marginalized communities and advancing the rights of women. Her publications, including seminal works such as “Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought” and “The Power to Choose: Bangladeshi Women and Labour Market Decisions in London and Dhaka,” have become essential readings in gender and development studies.


Upcoming events:

  • April 17, 12:30 CET. WAG coffee hour. Register here!
  • May 3, 4-5 PM CET, “Politics and Sociology of Finance: New Books on the Block” with Basak Kus, Kim Pernell, Megan Tobias Neely. Register here!
  • During the 2024 SASE conference:
    • June 26: 6:30-8:30pm: Informal WAG networking dinner. Interested parties should email to RSVP and get details about the location. It will be at a restaurant near the conference venue, and is self-pay.
    • Date/time TBD: WAG discussion session, followed by an informal networking lunch (free for all participants).


Past events:

  • Ask me Anything with SASE President Nina Bandelj – Virtual event – 25 January 2024, 17:00-18:00 CET.
  • 29 November 2023, 12:30-13:15 CET: virtual event – WAG Coffee Hour
  • 24 May 2023, 17-18:30 CET – virtual event: “Gender in the field of socio-economics – current and future perspectives/visions” – A presentation by Dr. Julia Bartosch of recent findings on publication patterns in the Socio-Economic Review, followed by a discussion to reflect on current practices. With the participation of SER chief editors Alya Guseva and Akos Rona-Tas, as well as SER editor Nina Bandelj. WATCH
  • July 12, 16-17:30 CET – virtual event: “Gender Inequalities in Academia” – Discussion on gender inequalities in academia and the challenges faced within this system. Details and registration here.
  • During the 2023 SASE conference:
    • July 19, 6:30-8:30pm: Informal WAG networking dinner. Interested parties should email to RSVP and get details about the location. It will be at a restaurant near the conference venue, and is self-pay.
    • July 22, 10:30-12: A WAG discussion session, followed by an informal networking lunch (free for all participants).

General overview of the SASE Women and Gender Forum

The Women and Gender Forum at SASE (WAG), established in 2017, aims to combat gender inequality in SASE and the greater academic community, under the general aim of promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in academia and society in general. Established in response to a pressing need for the representation of women and gender+ at different levels of leadership roles, we continue to support women and gender+ representation in SASE across research groups. The WAG forum is a space to increase visibility, amplify voices, and to build networks of women and gender+ researchers as well as those whose research is on women and gender+. We deal with various issues women and gender+ scholars face in academia, such as publishing challenges, work-life balance, leadership roles, or career progression. Knowing the mechanisms leading to inequalities, our focus is not only limited to gender, but also on supporting other marginalised groups (including ethnic, racial, and religious minorities, and different socio-economic classes). We aim to meet these goals through the following action points:   


  • Providing a space for the visibility of women and gender+ scholars and their work
  • Establishing a network of women and gender+ scholars as well as those whose research areas cover women and gender+ in SASE through networking events
  • Organising events to stimulate the discussions on the pressing issues faced in academia and beyond
  • Monitoring and supporting women’s and gender+ representation within SASE across research groups and at different leadership levels

If you have any suggestions as to what we can do as a forum, please feel free to get in touch with the committee members at

You can find recordings of select WAG events here.

Current WAG committee members are: Julia Bartosch (Radboud University), Theresa Hager (JKU Linz), Audrey Harroche (Oxford Brookes University/Sciences Po), Enja Marie Herdejürgen (Paderborn University), Basak Kus (Wesleyan University), Lucilene Morandi (UFF Brazil), and Hyojin Seo (KU Leuven).

WAG was established in 2017 by Dorottya Sallai and its committee members consisted of Sarah Ashwin, Chiara Benassi, Virginia L Doellgast, Jacqueline O’Reilly, and Caroline Ruiner.

Julia Bartosch

Julia Bartosch

Julia is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Change at the Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), where she also received her PhD (2018) on the governance of corporate responsibility and irresponsibility. She was a research fellow at Cornell University (USA) and a visiting researcher at the School of Commerce at Waseda University (Japan).

Her research revolves around the interface between business and society. She studies theoretical questions of collaborative organizing for change, exploring such processes in the context of organizational responsibility and sustainability. She is passionate about exploring how organizations can change towards becoming more responsible. This curiosity also includes questions of how her research fields could become more inclusive and diverse. In her research, she is bridging organisation theory, institutional theory, comparative capitalism research and economic sociology.

Basak Kus

Basak Kus

Basak Kus is an Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University and an associate editor of the Socio-Economic Review. For more on her research and publications, visit her faculty profile page:
Lucilene Morandi

Lucilene Morandi

Lucilene Morandi has a PhD in Economics of Industry and Technology from the Institute of Economics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro IE/UFRJ; Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF); Coordinator of the Gender and Economics Research Center (NPGE). I am part of the Brazilian Network of Feminist Economics (ReBeF) and Kaleidoscope Network (national network of feminist, transfeminist, anti-racist, transdisciplinary and decolonial studies and research). I worked as an external researcher with a scholarship from the United Nations Program for Economic Development UNDP at the Institute of Applied Economic Research IPEA-RJ. I have published book chapters and articles in specialized journals in Brazil and abroad, in addition to presenting works in several national and international congresses. The research area focuses on macroeconomics, public policies and inequality, with emphasis on gender inequalities and the care economy, especially related to the labor market.

Audrey Harroche

Audrey Harroche

Audrey Harroche is a sociologist who works on the implementation of policies for excellence in the academic sector, focusing on questions regarding the production of knowledge and inequalities. She is a lecturer in organisation studies at Oxford Brookes University and is also affiliated with the Center for the Sociology of Organizations at Sciences Po.

Hyojin Seo

Hyojin Seo

Hyojin Seo


Enja Marie Herdejürgen

Enja Marie Herdejürgen

Enja Marie Herdejürgen is a PhD student in Personnel Economics at Paderborn University, Germany. Her main research interest is the study of incentives and when, how, and for whom they do (not) work. Her focus lies on disentangling incentives’ motivational and self-selection effects on performance, as well as on gender differences in the reaction to incentives. She applies a broad quantitative research approach to investigate these topics in various contexts, including the use of data from sports competitions and conducting field experiments in Africa. The types of observed incentives range from monetary rewards to commitment and social incentives.

Other current research interests include the impact of vocational training programs in Africa, the effect of leaders’ growth mindset, gender differences in competitiveness, and gender-based judgment bias in expert evaluations. Some of her early research on insights from online employer reviews has been published in PERSONALquarterly and as a featured study of the Industrieverband Büro und Arbeitswelt e.V. (IBA).

Enja Herdejürgen acquired a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Studies and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, both at Paderborn University. Since 2022, she is an executive committee member of the SASE (Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics) Women and Gender Forum (WAG), which aims to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion in academia.