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She graduated in Political Science and Administration and completed her MA on Political Science Advanced Studies at the Autonomous University in Barcelona (Spain). She has also worked as a policy officer in the European Women’s Lobby in Brussels and as a political adviser in Spanish Ministers’ Cabinets. As part of the civil servant corps of the Government of the province of Barcelona, Sonia served in a range of positions, including as director of the equality plan.
Sonia has a wide background in teaching university and practitioners’ courses. Her PhD thesis (2013) analyses the concept of work in the women’s and feminist movement in Spain and has been awarded with the biannual Maria Angeles Duran second prize to the Scientific Innovation in the field of Spanish Women’s and Gender Studies (2014). She is the author of a number of articles and publications. Her research focuses on feminism and equality, public policy, social movements and labour issues. Recently she has been researching the feminist impacts of the systemic crisis and on the intersectional approach of current social mobilisations in Spain. Sonia’s research interests also lie in collaborative economics, class and gender intersections, work & life balance, as well as domestic and political work.
Sonia has been active in several feminist and community organisations and is always keen on participating in social change activism. She has a daughter, Vera.
Ruiz Sonia (2015), “Power and representation: feminist movement challenges on work”, in Revista Española de Ciencia Política, Vol 39, pp. 195-220 http://www.academia.edu/20015359/Power_and_representation_feminist_movement_challenges_on_work
Cruells, Marta and Ruiz, Sonia (2014) “Political Intersectionality within the Spanish Indignados Social Movement”, in Woehrle, Lynne (Edit), Research on social movements, conflicts and Change, Intersectionality and Social Change, Vol. 37, pp.3-25
Ruiz, Sonia (2014), “Austerity Policy from a feminist perspective: The Spanish Case”, in International Policy Analysis, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id/10701.pdf]
Ruiz, Sonia (2010) “Tic – Tac – Toe: redistribution, recognition and representation in the concept of work (Tres en línea: redistribución, reconocimiento y representación en el concepto de trabajo), Ingurual, Revista Vasca de Sociología y Ciencia Política, Monográfico especial: Sociedad de la Información en el siglo XXI, ISSN:0214-7912
Ruiz, Sonia (2009) “Relations and vicissitudes between the feminist movement and the institutions” (Sombra aquí y sombra allá: relaciones y avatares entre el movimiento feminista y las instituciones (2009), Institut de Ciències Polítiques i Socials, Col·lecció Grana, Seminari Ciutats i Persones (Novembre, 2009)
Ruiz, Sonia (2009) “How has gender intersected with other inequalities in the workplace? A historical review in Spain” (¿Cómo ha interseccionado el género con otras desigualdades en el Mercado de trabajo? Una revision histórica en España), Minutes of the IX Congress of the Spanish Association of Political Science and Administration https://www.academia.edu/1914854/_COMO_HA_INTERSECCIONADO_EL_GENERO_CON_OTRAS_DESIGUALDADES_EN_EL_TRABAJO_UNA_REVISION_HISTORICA_EN_ESPANA