Yen-Wen Peng

National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Yen-Wen Peng is a professor in the Institute of Public Affairs Management at National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan.

Her research interests include gender politics, gender and technology, civic and community engagement, and democratic governance. Apart from her academic role, Peng has also been a long-term participant in the women’s movement. She edited Taking Mother’s Surname Happily (2016) to promote gender equality in surname choice.

She is also the main organizer of the “Empowering Women Village Chief Candidates Project” initiated by the National Alliance of Taiwan Women’s Associations since 2018. The action research project has successfully supported 26 grassroots women being elected as Village Chiefs and has published These Are What Village Chiefs Can Do—Handbook on Community Building (2022) to envision not just female but also feminist Village Chiefs. Her recent research projects include examining the barriers against women’s academic development in the STEM disciplines and a comparative study on community leadership between Taiwan and India.