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Gendering the Academy and Research: combating Career Instability and Asymmetries

Gendering the Academy and Research: combating Career Instability and Asymmetries

Objective

GARCIA is concerned with the implementation of actions in European Universities and research centres to promote a gender culture and combat gender stereotypes and discriminations. By taking into account the organisations, but also their broader national context, this project aims to develop and maintain research potential and skills of both, women and men researchers, in order to sustain the quality of their working conditions.

Particular attention will be given to the early stages of academic and scientific career, which have been little considered in previous gender equality plans. In fact, the economic crisis has influenced the organisation and culture of research institutions. The new practices have entailed less permanent positions based on project length contracts, affecting mostly C and D grades. Not tenured researchers are thus left with unstable career perspectives at a life stage in which important choices are made in private life, particularly for women. Moreover, creativity and autonomy - fundamental conditions to achieve original and meaningful research - are necessarily affected by the high instability of their professional life.

We will concentrate on both, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and SSH (Social Sciences and Humanities) disciplines to assure that our aim of transforming academia and research towards a more gender equal environment can be extended to all levels of the institution by putting into practice the best systemic organisational approaches. Macro, meso and micro level analyses will be followed by the implementation of action plans, which are mainly directed to: gender regimes; awareness raising on gendered practices; gender equality in management and decision making; the phenomenon of Leaky Pipeline; the implicit gendered subtexts in evaluating “excellence” in recruitment and selection processes. The implemented actions will have positive outcomes and an impact – even in the long term – on all these issues.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Address

Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 503 125

Administrative Contact

Monica Pavan (Ms.)

Participants (6)

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UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 347 017

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 344 246

HASKOLI ISLANDS

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 343 722

UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 356 979

JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 104 929

ZNANSTVENORAZISKOVALNI CENTER SLOVENSKE AKADEMIJE ZNANOSTI IN UMETNOSTI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 297 808

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 611737

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2014

  • End date

    31 January 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SIS

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 570 816,43

  • EU contribution

    € 2 297 826

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy