About Us

The Bluestocking Institute for Global Peace and Justice fosters dialogue on issues of global importance including peace building, sustainable development, and social movements.  Its purpose is to inform and inspire people to become active and engaged citizens in their local communities and beyond.  We work in four main areas: globalisation, social inclusion, knowledge and power, and peace and conflict. We are based in Perth, Australia.

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Management Committee

Our History

​The Bluestocking Institute was formed in Perth (Australia) in 2008 by a group of female early career researchers who hold, or were working towards, PhDs in international relations and political science.  ​Since then the Bluestocking Institute has expanded to more than 50 members who engage in discussions and forums, in person and online, and who participate in community education classes on globalisation, activism and advocacy, technology and the environment.​

Founding members: Shae Garwood, Sky Croeser, Kate Riddell, Christalla Yakinthou, Liza Beinart

The ‘Bluestocking’ Name​

The name Bluestocking comes from The Bluestocking Society in England in the mid 18th century, which was a group of women that would meet for discussions about literature and the arts.  Since then the phrase bluestocking has been used as a derogatory term to refer to educated women who enjoy thinking, reading and talking about the wider world.