Irish Society for Women in Economics (ISWE) is a platform seeking to inspire, empower and increase women’s visibility in economics in Ireland to ensure that the role of economists in public debates, policy decisions, and education is more representative of Irish society.



ISWE has been created to ensure that the role of economists in public debates and policy decisions, as well as the educational and private sector organisations, are more representative of Irish society in terms of gender balance, and support minority representation.

ISWE provides a public service that impacts Ireland’s economic and social health by ensuring that economic structures and outcomes are more reflective of the lived experiences of all those in Irish society.

Born from a focus in UCD to In 2021, the Irish Society for Women in Economics (ISWE) was established by Dr. Orla Doyle to address the documented gender inequality in the economics profession. In Ireland, women represent approximately one-third of undergraduate and postgraduate students and account for 41% of academic economists and 32% of full professors. The voice of women economists in public debates, policy decisions, and the media is also under-represented.

This vision is strongly aligned with the HEA’s Gender Taskforce Action Plan, as well as the 2021 Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality which recommended that gender equality becomes the norm in Irish society.


How we work

ISWE is based on 3 interconnected pillars

  1. Supporting women economists across the lifecycle of their careers.
  2. Encouraging representation of women economists in public debates and policy forums.
  3. Fostering representation of women students in studying economics at all levels.

Executive Committee


Deputy Chair:

Executive Committee Members:


ISWE Strategy 2022-2024

Public Registry of Women Economists in Ireland

ISWE Mentorship Programme


Events & Media



Get Involved

ISWE is open to all those interested in diversifying the economics profession in Ireland (pupils considering studying economics in school or university, undergraduates considering postgraduate study in economics, graduates embarking on their first professional role as an economist, and established economists working  in the public, private or educational sectors.