Intersectionality and Public Policy: Some Lessons from Existing Models

  • Olena HankivskyEmail author
  • Renee Cormier
Part of the The Politics of Intersectionality book series (POLI)


In comparison to research practices, intersectionality is an underdeveloped concept within policy discourse and application. Because of the complexity and relative newness of this approach, policy analysis grounded within an intersectionality framework remains largely undertheorized, and methods for integrating intersectionality into policy processes are in the nascent stages. This chapter (1) defines intersectionality and demonstrates the need for this approach in public policy, (2) outlines challenges in applying intersectionality to policy making, and (3) describes and evaluates three innovative approaches to applying intersectionality to policy development and analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public Policy, Institute for Intersectionality Research and PolicySimon Fraser UniversityVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Grants and Strategic Communications, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences, Providence Health Care Research InstituteSt. Paul’s Hospital, University of British ColumbiaBCCanada

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