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    CPC Researcher Heini Väisänen is one of the coordinators of FemQuant, a network of researchers across the social sciences, along with the co-founders Rose Cook and Jenny Chanfreau as well as Sara Rose Taylor and Youngcho Lee.

    The goal of the FemQuant network is to explore the ways in which researchers are using feminist theory and motivations in current quantitative, empirical research across the social sciences, including sociology, economics, demography, social policy, psychology, health, and international relations. The network is a collaborative and supportive space where the difficulties, tensions and complexities inherent in combining feminism and quantitative methods can be explored and debated.

    The network produces blogs, reading lists, and hosts events including a monthly webinar series. They welcome blog post submissions on feminist or gender-related research using quantitative research methods.The next FemQuant webinar is due to take place in April:

    ‘“How many children do you have?” On the outside looking in’
    Speaker: Dr Laura Brown, UCL
    Thursday 15 April 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Register for FemQuant events through the Eventbrite page or keep in touch by joining the FemQuant mailing list and following their account on Twitter and the hashtag: #FemQuantSeminar.

    Heini is well placed to act as coordinator of the network; her research focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights in different parts of the world. She is affiliated with the fertility and family strand of CPC. Heini works as a researcher at the Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques (INED, France), and as a part-time Lecturer in Social Statistics and Demography within the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. One of her research projects focuses on the link between health literacy and safe use of misoprostol for abortion in Nigeria - look out for her forthcoming paper and FemQuant blog post summarising the main findings from the project.

    Posted 25/03/2021 12:49