Petra Ahrens holds a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie-Fellowship titled 'Effects of Institutional Change on Participatory Democracy and the Involvement of Civil Society Organisations' (DemocInChange) at the University of Antwerp.
She works on gender politics in the European Union, inequalities in organisations, in particular gendered power relations and political strategies like gender mainstreaming, and gender equality and social policy in Germany.
In her more recent studies, she focuses on exclusionary practices of EU policy-making by combining research on social movements, participatory democracy, and intersectionality.
She is the author of ‘Actors, Institutions, and the Making of EU Gender Equality Programs’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2018).
Next to her scientific career, she worked as a policy consultant in gender equality policy.