Gender balancing in research and higher education

Gender balancing in research and higher education


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Background and aim

Gender balance on all levels in academia is an important goal because it enhances the quality and innovation in research and education by utilizing the talent of the whole population. Gender balances disrupts gender stereotypes and makes better work environments for all. Since the mid-1990s, the percentage of women has increased in nearly all job categories in academia, but women are still a minority in professorships. Since 2015 we have through several research projects aimed to contribute to a better understanding of how gender balance may be improved and implemented this knowledge in practice.

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Approach

Gender imbalance is most efficiently improved when it is worked on at a local level. Statistics show that gender balance vary substantially, not just between disciplinary fields, but also between departments and research groups. Local problems are difficult to change from outside only. Gender balances work therefore needs to be embedded in leadership, local culture and work environment. Our work aims to enhance change from within and our projects have built up a platform of knowledge and tools which can be used by departments, faculties and other academic units who want to improve gender balance.  

We are using theories and methods from various social sciences to advance our understanding of the problem, predominantly sociology, political science, and gender studies. The research team consists of social scientists with backgrounds in sociology, gender studies, anthropology, science and technology studies (STS) and sociology of law.