The genesis of this project emerged from a fortuitous meeting between myself and a group of like-minded feminist scholars.  We were at the launch of the Australian Federal Labor Party’s 2016 Women’s Budget Statement at Parliament House in Canberra.  Australia was a very early adopter of gender-responsive budgeting thanks to the work of Rhonda Sharp and others, but over time, applying a gender lens to the allocation of public finances disappeared from their government’s budgetary process.

It has, however, remained at the forefront of the minds of women scholars and activists committed to gender equality at the state and federal level in Australia, a number of whom were at the launch that day.

 From left: Catriona McLennan, Jennifer Curtin, Katie Cammell, Suzy Morrissey, Rhonda Sharp, Margaret Wilson, Helen Hodgson and Prue Hyman

Professor Helen Hodgson was one of those I met, and introduced me to Dr Suzy Morrissey, who was writing on tax, gender and budgeting.  Suzy and I had both been inspired by the intrepid scholarly and public intellectual endeavours of Prue Hyman and Marilyn Waring. Together, our determination to work on advancing gender-responsive budgeting in Aotearoa New Zealand began to grow. 

In November 2017, summer scholar Katie Cammel and I organised a workshop with experts on effective gender-responsive budgeting process, gaining significant insights from Australian Professors Rhonda Sharp and Helen Hodgson, now emeritus Professors Margaret Wilson and Prue Hyman, and gender equality advocate Catriona McLennan. After co-hosting a follow-up workshop with the New Zealand Treasury with economist Professor Sue Himmelweit (UK Women’s Budget Group) to shape the project further, we recruited Associate Professors Maria Bargh (Victoria University) and Barry Milne (University of Auckland), submitted a grant application and crossed our fingers.  In 2018, we won support from the MBIE Smart Ideas Fund to begin our research in earnest.

Research Team

Professor Jennifer Curtin

Director, Public Policy Institute

Dr Komathi 

Kolandai

Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute

Dr Oluwakemi

Temitope Igiebor

Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute

Dr Maria Bargh

Associate Professor of Māori Studies, VUW

Te Arawa (Ngāti Kea/Ngāti Tuarā), Ngāti Awa

Associate Professor Barry Milne

Director, Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences (COMPASS)

 

Expert Advisors

Professor Rhonda Sharp

Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of South Australia

Dr Suzy Morrissey

Research Associate, Public Policy Institute

Professor Susan Himmelweit

UK Women’s Budget Group

Dr Angela O’Hagan

Reader in Equalities and Public Policy, Department of Social Sciences, Glasgow School for Business and Society

Dr Monica Costa

Senior Research Fellow, School of Economics, Finance and Property, Curtin University