dr. (Maryse) MCH Helbert

dr. (Maryse) MCH Helbert
Academic Researcher International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Academic staff unit
Location
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
Email
helbert@iss.nl
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I have been an advocate for, and researcher on, women’s participation in politics and decision-making for over a decade. After completing a Master’s thesis on the comparative strengths and weaknesses of the French and Finnish political systems in encouraging and increasing women’s political participation (University of Rennes 2, France and Abo Akademi, Finland), I became actively involved in the movement to institute the so-called ‘Parity Law’ in France (1999-2000). As a member of Reseau Femmes en Bretagne pour la Mise en Place de la Plateforme de Beijing, a regional women’s policy and advocacy network that promoted legislative change for greater participation of women in French…

I have been an advocate for, and researcher on, women’s participation in politics and decision-making for over a decade. After completing a Master’s thesis on the comparative strengths and weaknesses of the French and Finnish political systems in encouraging and increasing women’s political participation (University of Rennes 2, France and Abo Akademi, Finland), I became actively involved in the movement to institute the so-called ‘Parity Law’ in France (1999-2000). As a member of Reseau Femmes en Bretagne pour la Mise en Place de la Plateforme de Beijing, a regional women’s policy and advocacy network that promoted legislative change for greater participation of women in French politics, I contributed submissions aiming to strengthen the draft law, and participated in public presentations and debates. I also conducted capacity and movement-building sessions for women interested in presenting themselves for election, and lobbied politicians and government officials for a robust and meaningful law.

I have since broadened my research to include women’s involvement in decision-making processes related to development, specifically in the context of resource exploitation. My PhD completed in 2016, Women in the Oil Zones: A Feminist Analysis of Oil Depletion, Poverty, Conflict and Environmental Degradation, exposed the sidelining of women from decision-making processes at local, national and international levels on issues of energy security and challenges the paradigms of corporate social responsibility in the extractive industries.

I have also worked as a researcher with the Association of Women in Development on the implications of the energy crisis for women’s rights and has also worked as a researcher for the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracies to develop a background research paper for a Global (UN) forum on Young Women in Politics in the Global South. I have worked as a gender-based Violence and extractive industry policy expert for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

I have taught subjects in the development studies field as well as in International Relations, Political Economy and political Science fields at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

 

End of 2018, I was awarded a three month writing fellowship to write my PhD thesis as a book at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany. Research title: Mired: Women in the oil zones.

I am now working as a LEaDing Post-Doctoral Fellow for two years in cooperation with WEGO (Well-Being, Ecology, Gender and Community – Innovative Training Network).

My research at ISS is the following: Neo-extractivism as a path to inclusive prosperity and sustainable development? The gendered dimensions of lithium extraction in Chile. Particularly, I want to explore the concept of environmental justice in a post-carbon society.

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Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam