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Gender-based violence and institutional responses: Building a knowledge base and operational tools to make universities and research organisations safe

Project description

Reducing gender-based violence in academia

Gender-based violence (GBV) in research organisations and universities is happening across the EU. It harmfully impacts on individuals, institutions and the quality of research and education. The prevalence and consequences of GBV, including sexual harassment, tend to be underestimated in European universities and research institutions, and knowledge about how to reduce GBV is lacking. The EU-funded UniSAFE project aims to produce better knowledge on GBV in this field and translate it into operational tools and recommendations for higher education, research organisations and policymakers. To do this, it will investigate the mechanisms of GBV – social determinants, antecedents and consequences – by developing a 7P model that will be used to collect, analyse and synthesise qualitative and quantitative data.


UniSAFE has a double objective. First, to produce robust and knowledge on gender-based violence (GBV) in universities and research organisations. Second, to translate the knowledge into operational tools and recommendations for universities, research organisations and policymakers to reduce GBV.
UniSAFE examines the mechanisms of GBV, its determinants, antecedents and consequences, by proposing a multi-level research design to collect, analyse, and synthesise qualitative and quantitative data:
1.Prevalence and impacts of GBV are analysed via a survey implemented in 45 RPOs in 15 member states, and via a Europe-wide survey of Marie Curie Fellows.
2.Organisational responses and instruments are analysed via case studies, interviews, and a strategic mapping of the 45 RPOs.
3.Legal and policy frameworks are analysed via extensive mapping by national experts in 30 EU Member States, Associated Countries and Third Countries.
An ambitious and holistic 7P model, covering prevalence, prevention, protection, prosecution, provision of services, partnerships and policy, is used to collect and analyse data on each level. The model is better suited to collect data, analyse their relations, and translate findings into operational tools than the conventional 3P model or the Istanbul Convention 4P model. The same 7P model is used to co-design a comprehensive set of measures and tools to be applied inside universities and research organisations and by other stakeholders, including policymakers and RFOs.
UniSAFE relies on a strong multi-disciplinary consortium of 10 European partners. Its strength is based on the partners’ in-depth knowledge and extensive track record in researching GBV, translating academic insights into operational tools, including the GEAR-tool, disseminating knowledge, including a direct link to the Gender Equality Academy, developing policy recommendations at the EU level, and empowering stakeholders to exploit project results, with a carefully designed impact plan.

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€ 548 921,25
Quai lezay marnesia 1
67080 Strasbourg cedex

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Grand Est Alsace Bas-Rhin
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