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Gender Diversity Impact – Improving research and innovation through gender diversity

Objective

The impact of gender diversity on research productivity, quality and innovation is very unevenly evidenced. Incremental insights from gender studies, team science and research evaluation exercises do not transcend these separate areas and are therefore of restricted analytical value. This can be seen, for example, in the understanding of 'gender' as simply concerned with the numerical representation of the two sexes in most quantitative analyses. This not only factors out the gendered hierarchies and social processes that condition science in general and work group dynamics in particular, but severely hampers systematic comparisons of research performance impacts. Using innovative methods for the analysis of the diversity-research productivity relationship, Gedii will develop a reliable diversity measure that is sensitive to power, status and information sharing differentials within teams and across public & private organisations. This Gender-Diversity-Index (GDI) will thus provide a much more nuanced and realistic measure of the impact of gender diversity on research productivity, quality and innovation across countries and sectors. GDI scores will be explored in relation to a flexible set of performance indicators, including patent and bibliometric measures, combined with new indicators of social impact. Gedii's evaluation framework thus responds to the growing concern with responsible research and innovation. To address the social relevance and utility of our research, Gedii will engage stakeholders early and often: through advisory groups, virtual challenges, and theme-based innovation testimonials. By combining disparate conceptual approaches to gender diversity with an innovative assessment tool, Gedii will for the first time provide clear and comprehensive evidence for the link between gender diversity and research performance and enable research policy- and decision-makers to significantly enhance the capacity of European research.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/quantitative analysis
  • /social sciences/sociology/gender studies
  • /social sciences/law/human rights
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

H2020-GERI-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACIO PER A LA UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA
Address
Avenida Tibidabo 39
08035 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 232 799,24

Participants (5)

HOCHSCHULE FURTWANGEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 200 029,36
Address
Robert Gerwig Platz 1
78120 Furtwangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OREBRO UNIVERSITY
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 223 025
Address
Fakultetsgatan 1
70182 Orebro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VDE VERBAND DER ELEKTROTECHNIK ELEKTRONIK INFORMATIONSTECHNIK EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 197 467,50
Address
Stresemannallee 15
60596 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Other
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 141 670,56
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 4 909,59
Address
Headington Campus Gipsy Lane
OX3 OBP Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments