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Final Report - KNOWING (Knowledge, Institutions and Gender: an East-West comparative study)

Project ID: 17617
Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY


KNOWING was a European funded project within the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) whose principal objectives were to:
- examine the production of knowledge contexts and cultures, including the role of gender, from an 'East-West' perspective;
- identify structural and institutionalised practices and procedures, including standards of excellence, that hinder and/or promote the equal participation of women in science;
- encourage the establishment of feminist science studies in the partner countries, especially in the new European Union (EU) Member States;
- influence policy on higher education and Research and development (R&D) at national and EU levels in order to promote gender equality and increase the engagement of young people in science.

In order to achieve the above-mentioned goals the research partners used five methods:
- life course questionnaires were carried out at the outset of the research as the first orientation point in the research institutions under study;
- discourse analysis of national and European policy documents together with institutional documents was carried out to gain insight into the dominant imaginaries of research and gender in the countries and institutions under study;
- participant observation in two institutions was carried out, one in bio-sciences and the other one in social sciences in each country which allowed to move beyond verbal accounts obtained through the life course questionnaires, and examine the mundane, day to day practices of knowledge making;
- individual and group interviews were carried out on commonly developed areas of concern which arose during the participant observation.

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