Frances Camilleri-Cassar is full time Associate Professor in the Faculty of Laws, with key research interests around social policy and equality law. Throughout her twenty-five years in academia, Professor Camilleri-Cassar has researched and published widely, and routinely presents papers to scholars and more general audiences, both in Malta and abroad. Her doctoral thesis, completed without corrections, "Gender Equality in Maltese Social Policy? Graduate women and the male breadwinner model" was peer reviewed and published as a book in 2005.
Her areas of research interests connect with colleagues working within a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, and her publications have now moved on to critical policy analysis that address economic and social inequalities. European research collaboration includes analytical report writing for the European Commission, and on an international level Professor Camilleri-Cassar shares research expertise on the network of policy experts.
Besides her research output, Professor Camilleri-Cassar has a sustained record of lecturing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Malta; and the University of Nottingham as Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy until 2014. In 1995, she set up and coordinated the Gender and Development Course (previously titled Women’s Studies) for the University of Malta until 2006.
Between 2000 and 2004, Professor Camilleri-Cassar was adviser on gender issues to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Social Policy, and Minister’s delegate on the Commission for the Advancement of Women. During this time, she compiled the first three periodic reports for Malta under the UN Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. She also served as Chairperson for the Coordinated Response Team - Violence against Women under the Ministry for Social Policy (2002 - 2005); and as Chairperson for the Committee on Gender Issues for the University of Malta (1996 – 1999).
Events of significance include nominations by the US Embassy in Malta for:The Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership in 2011; and, The Women in Leadership Programme under the International Visitor Leadership Programme in 2010.
Research Interests & Publications
- Social policy
- Gender and welfare regimes
- Research methodologies
- Fatherhood and work
- Economic and social inequalities
- Gender-based violence
- Child trafficking
Camilleri-Cassar, F. 2015, "Malta country note" in International Review of Leave Policies and Research 2015, ed. P. Moss,.
Camilleri-Cassar, F. 2014, "Education strategies for social inclusion or marginalising the marginalised?", Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 252-268.
Camilleri-Cassar, F. 2013, "'The Impact of the Economic Crisis on gender equality policies in Malta'" in The Impact of the economic crisis on the situation of women and men and on gender equality policies, eds. F. Bettio, M. Corsi, C. D'Ippoliti, A. Lyberaki, M. Samek Lodovici & A. Verashchagina, EC Directorate-General for Justice, Luxembourg.
Camilleri-Cassar, F. 2011, "Living on the Edge: Migrant Women in Malta", International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, vol. 35, no. 3 (August), pp. 193-206.
Camilleri-Cassar, F. 2011, The socio-economic impact of pension systems on the respective situations of women and men and the effects of recent trends in pension reforms, EU Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities, Unit G1.
Camilleri-Cassar, F. 2010, Violence against Women and the role of gender equality, social inclusion and health strategies, EU Directorate-General Employment and Social Affairs, Unit G1 'Equality between women and men', Expert Group on Gender and Employment, DG Employment., European Commission Publications office.
Camilleri-Cassar, F. 2009, Fiscal Systems, Gender Equity and Female Employment in Europe, EU Directorate-General Employment and Social Affairs, Unit G1 'Equality between women and men'.
Camilleri-Cassar, F. 2007, No Room at the Top: gendered forces behind women`s lives and their reflection in Maltese Politics. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Malta.
Camilleri-Cassar, F. 2006, ""Maternity Policy"; "Positive Discrimination"; "Functionalism"; "Malta and Social Policy";" in The International Encyclopedia of Social Policy, eds. T. Fitzpatrick, H. Kwon, N. Manning, J. Midgely & G. Pascall, Routledge/Taylor & Francis Books, Oxford.
Camilleri-Cassar, F. 2005, Gender Equality in Maltese Social Policy? Graduate Women and the Male Breadwinner Model. [Peer reviewed by PhD external examiner Professor Emeritus of Social Policy Paul Wilding. Nominated for Best Publication Award 2006 Social Policy Association UK]. Agenda Publishers, Malta.