Dr Monica Threlfall is Reader in European Politics at London Metropolitan University.
The main theme in her research has been the relationship between less-privileged groups of citizens, especially women, and their state -- as this manifests itself in contestation by social movements, protest group pressure for policy reform, voting preferences, political disaffection, and demands for representation -- together with their corresponding institutional responses.
This led her to take an interest in the European Union as a guarantor of social, and economic and consumer rights of citizens, of gender equality in all fields, and of non-discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, nationality, age, religious belief, and disability. She has been impressed by the potential and actual power of an international institution such as the EU to get nations to jointly take the high moral ground to harmonise living and working standards upwards so as to promote peace; and in particular to combat social exclusion and discrimination, and promote social justice and protection, equality between women and men, solidarity between generations and protection of the rights of the child, as it says in Article 3.3 of the current Treaty.
Dr Threlfall has published a number of research articles on the integration and harmonisation of social policies, their enforcement, and the work-life balance. She is a critic of the calculation and presentation of comparative un/employment trends.