ELSIE aims to raise the profile of gender issues in social research, make these explicit and provide a forum for the discussion of ideas, the development new research and the facilitation of collaboration. ELSIE provides an opportunity for researchers to discuss research interests and recent developments, as well as share information about potential funding opportunities.
ELSIE grew out of a recognition that while much social research is not explicitly about gender, it is often underpinned issues such as the feminisation of poverty, the different effects of economic and social policies on men and women, structural factors leading to different life outcomes and (in)equality.
In September 2012 ELSIE was successful in winning an internal grant from the SISR, which will be used to conduct a review of methodological approaches and literature of longitudinal studies investigating the issues affecting gender equity, particularly women’s economic wellbeing and life outcomes in contemporary Australia. The review will form the basis for a proposed panel study on women’s life outcomes and further research.