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About the project

The main objective is to enhance gender balance at the professorial level at NTNU, through action-oriented research. Our goal is to improve professional quality, attractiveness and inclusivity in local academic communities. Specific measures will be devised and directed at the executive level of the organization: departments and research groups. A Steering Committee has been appointed, including members from the top management of NTNU and the new NTNU partners. The project started in 2015 and will end in 2021.

The Balanse project is part of NORDICORE, the five-year Nordic Centre of Excellence on gender equality in research and innovation tied with the Institute of Social Research at the University of Oslo. The Center consists of six workpackages, investigating different issues related to gender balance in academia. The titles of the workpackages are: evaluation of gender quality policies; making gender balance from below; labour market and policy contexts; research careers and family; mapping academic excellence and evaluating cultures; competence and hireability. 


Project history

“Gender Balance from Below” (BALANCE)

The project Gender Balance from Below (BALANCE) was established at the initiative of scholars at the Department for Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, in collaboration with prorector for research Kari Melby and NTNU gender equality advisor Svandis Benediktsdottir.

It was co-funded by the Research Council of Norway, through the programme Gender balance in senior academic positions and research management (BALANCE), and NTNU.

The project con tributes  to the continuation of the Action Plan for improving gender balance from 2014 to 2016, issued by NTNU.